Melbourne Music Week expands program, including gig series curated by The Tote, The Old Bar and more

Melbourne Music Week expands program, including gig series curated by The Tote, The Old Bar and more

Cash Savage - image by Naomi Lee Beveridge
Words by Tom Parker

The festival runs until February 28.

Melbourne Music Week has been a whole lot different in 2020/21 compared to past years. Extending across three months, the festival has played an important part in reviving a live music scene previously debilitated by the pandemic.

After hosting a number of sold out events throughout December and January to this point, MMW has just lifted the lid on its next run of events.

Off the top, Happy Mondays – A Live Music Residency will see some of Melbourne’s most-loved live music venues curate a revolving residency each Monday in February. Programmed in partnership with Arts Centre Melbourne, this event will see the likes of The Tote, The Old Bar, The Evelyn and Bar Oussou, among others, handpick some of the best local artists to perform together on one stage. Expect performances from The Meanies, Cash Savage & The Last Drinks, Sui Zhen and other local live music luminaries.

Alongside that, and as part of Arts Centre Melbourne’s Live at the Bowl concert series, Melbourne Music Week has teamed up with The Push and the Australian Music Vault to present an all-ages, drug and smoke free event taking place at Sidney Myer Music Bowl on Saturday February 20. Set to perform for the event are the likes of Skegss, Ruby Fields, King Stingray and The Vovos.

Elsewhere, beloved local indie record label Anti Fade will be throwing a gig at Max Watt’s, featuring performances from the cream of the local punk crop, Constant Mongrel, Primo!, Alien Nosejob and EXEK. Then there’s emerging local Australiana jangle-rockers Floodlights who will be performing at The Toff on Saturday February 27.

On top of that, Melbourne Techno Collective – a group that’s been a big part of the local cultural furniture – will celebrate 18 years on this planet when they present 18 Years of Techno at New Guernica. This one will featuring appearances from renowned techno-heads, Monolith Live, Matt Radovich and Craig McWhinney on Friday February 19.

To cap off the big program reveal, the Immigration Museum will be getting involved in proceedings when they present Summer Courtyard: Metamorphosis. Going down on Friday February 26, the event will see the venue’s courtyard come alive with music, art, performance and food, as the iconic space presents two new exhibitions, Atong Atem‘s To Be Real and Becoming You: An incomplete guide.

The above events come alongside a host of previously-announced shows. Limited tickets remain for Baker Boy‘s forthcoming gig at Melbourne Recital Centre on Friday February 19, while there’s still availability for Adalita‘s landmark performance on the Grand Organ at Melbourne Town Hall on Sunday February 28. You can also still grab tickets for the much-anticipated collaboration between revered Melbourne producers Ara Koufax and Simona Castricum at the Capitol Theatre.

Melbourne Music Week – Extended runs from now until Sunday February 28. Find out more about the program and grab tickets here.

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