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:: Spotlight :: Melbourne Music Week 2012

By: Carmine Pascuzzi

The 2012 Melbourne Music Week has been launched. There are now over 200 artists in the exciting Melbourne Music Week (MMW) line-up. New additions increase the number of events during the week to 90, of which 40 are free. The event takes place from November 16-24, 2012. City of Melbourne CEO Kathy Alexander said. “MMW supports and showcases the local music industry and is a great celebration of music in Melbourne. Over 75% of acts involved are from Victoria. This dynamic and diverse event for the music-loving community creates a meeting place to network and enjoy our internationally renowned music city.”

Curiosity is building around the location of MMW’s mysterious festival hub Where?House. New artists have been added to the hub’s line-up including; Australian electronic maestros Naysayer & Gilsun; Favela DJs; Oscar O’Bryan; Oliver Tank; Mitzi; Lost Animal; No Zu; Harmonic 313; Tantrums; Isaac Fryar; Animals Dancing DJS; Future Classic DJs; Affiks; A13, plus internationals Richard Devine (USA); Vladislav Delay (FIN); Troy Pierce (USA); Floating Points (UK); Alexander Nut (UK); Teebs (USA); Africa Hitech (UK); Matias Aguayo (CHL); Radio Slave (UK); and DJ MADD (UK).

Alongside the evening entertainment, Where?House will have a variety of day-time activities including a retro clothing market and dining hall, featuring the delicious Fancy Hanks, Huxtaburger, Phat Brats, Touche Hombre, I Love Pho and Supreme coffee from Cavallero. There will also be a series of workshops, film screenings, Mess + Noise ‘Lunch Box Series’ and the Intel Ultrabook Wi-Fi Lounge.

The final location and line-up additions for the Label Series events sees Cutters Records and Two Bright Lakes stage a one-off electro-indie show at the National Gallery of Victoria. Tim Sweeney (USA), Teengirl Fantasy (USA), Collarbones, Ben Browning, Knightlife, Nile Delta and TBL DJs will make this a uniquely Melbourne event in an unmistakably Melbourne venue. This announcement rounds out the Labels Series, in which four of Melbourne’s favourite independent labels showcase the best talent in unusual spaces. Siberia Records already announced gig is set to take place in the famed underground car park at Melbourne Uni, while Chapter Music is celebrating their 20-year anniversary with a retrospective taking over the 140-year-old North Melbourne Town Hall.

After already announcing Nick Huggins and band presenting a live score of I Am Eleven as part of Cinemix at ACMI, MMW is excited to add the legendary Goblin to the film program. Having scored some of the most famous horror soundtracks of all time, the Italian progressive rock maestros will play their legendary Suspiria (Dario Argento, 1977) soundtrack for the first time in 35 years, live and exclusively for MMW.

Also part of the film program is Playing Under the Influence in which legendary Melbourne music figures host screenings of the films that made them the musicians they are today. Tex Perkins talks McCabe and Mrs Miller (Robert Altman, 1971), Clare Bowditch reflects on High Tide (Gilian Armstrong 1987) and Chris Bailey discusses The Black Cat (Edgar G. Ulmer 1934).

The Live Music Safari will offer a snapshot of the diversity of Melbourne’s thriving music scene. In venues large and small, new and old, grungy and chic, jazz, hip-hop, rock, techno and every genre in between play side-by-side-by-side. Ten of Melbourne’s most famed music venues will host 40 bands and DJs for one day and night. All for free. King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Frowning Clouds, Grey Ghost, Millions, Lowtide, Bennetts Lane Big Band, Eagle and the Worm, Barbariön, Able and more will take the floor at 1000 £ Bend, Bennett’s Lane, Revolt Melbourne, Pony, Cherry Bar, John Curtin Hotel, Section 8, The Toff in Town, Mercat and the Town Hall Hotel North Melbourne.

And if we weren’t already embracing the diversity and creativity of Melbourne enough, this year, MMW invited the people of Melbourne to submit proposals for their very own MMW events as part of the Self-Made program. With the help of the Self-Made Godparents, Penny Modra (The Thousands) and Quincy McLean (SLAM and Bakehouse Studios), Self-Made applicants honed and refined their ideas until they were ready for public consumption. The result is a wide-ranging line-up of the strange, the exciting and the never-before-tried, designed to take advantage of the lesser explored corners of the city.

Self-Made has 13 diverse projects from Tram Sessions, taking a small group on a specially kitted-out tram for a night of awesome live music rolling through Melbourne to Classical Revolutions, featuring students and graduates from VCA, ANAM, Melbourne Conservatorium of Music and Monash School of Music, who will present a series of five intimate pop-up performances in unusual public locations. Morning Ritual is a series of free breakfast gigs from some of Melbourne’s finest music makers including The Orbweavers, Francolin, Lower Plenty and Ditch the Desk Disco will get city professionals and university students to ‘ditch the desk’ and spend their lunch break dancing to the likes of DJ MANCHILD (PBS) and DJ Fiona Scott-Norman.

Plenty more is on offer over the nine-day event including workshops and dance parties for kids, a music market at Federation Square. There is a Look Stop Shop photo exhibition of local artists in the businesses they love, the 2012 Age EG Awards and industry events as part of Face the Music.
The full program is available here