Just over a month since the extended edition of the annual Melbourne Music Week announced the first half of their musical festivities, organisers have now unveiled the final run of events to accompany their three-month celebration.
Having announced that their 2020 event would go ahead in the wake of COVID-related restrictions, Melbourne Music Week revealed a raft of events and shows in December to help keep Victorian fans entertained after a long winter of emptiness and boredom.
With shows from the likes of Private Function, Clowns, Adalita, Mo’Ju, Cable Ties, and more, there was definitely something for everyone on offer. Now, with the final month-and-a-half of Melbourne Music Week laid out ahead of us, organisers have shared the final list of shows set to take place between now and the end of February.
Leading the final lineup is a massive celebration of indie rock at the iconic Sidney Myer Music Bowl. Co-presented with The Push and Australian Music Vault, and taking place on Saturday, February 20th, the likes of Skegss and Ruby Fields will be joined by King Stingray and The Vovos for an intense celebration of indie music, not seen on such a scale since the 2020 Laneway Festival.
Meanwhile, the Bowl will also play host to the Happy Mondays concert series, taking place on each Monday throughout February. Curated by classic Melbourne venues such as The Old Bar, The Toe, The Gasometer, and The Curtin Hotel, each venue will host a concert as the “month-long program channels the spirit of a classic Melbourne residency with some of the best local artists as selected by these loved venues”.
Such an event will see see powerful double-headers from the likes of Cash Savage and The Last Drinks and The Meanies, The Murlocs and Close Counters, Yusupha Ngum and The Affia Band and Sui Zhen, and 30/70 and Private Function.
Other one-off events on the final Melbourne Music Week lineup see Anti Fade present an evening of entertainment at Max Watt’s thanks to Constant Mongrel, Primo!, Exek, and Alien Nosejob, while the Immigration Museum’s Summer Courtyard: Metamorphosis will see Adolfo Aranjuez, Stev Zar, and Pookie performing on the same bill.
Finally, The Toff will play host to Floodlights with special guests, while New Guernica will present a special 18 Years of Techno celebration from the Melbourne Techno Collective.
“We’ve been working closely with some of Melbourne’s iconic venues to safely welcome music fans back into the city because the sector is critical to bringing the buzz back to our city,” said City of Melbourne Lord Mayor Sally Capp in a statement. “Melburnians have missed live music and have really got behind this extended event to support our incredible local talent, venues and promotors.”
“Melbourne is the live music capital of the world. Our live music sector normally contributes $1.7 billion a year to Victoria’s economy and creates 42,000 jobs. As one of the hardest hit sectors as a result of the pandemic, it has been critical for us to bring live music back to the city and support this industry.”
Full details regarding the second Melbourne Music Week lineup are available now from their official website, including information regarding ticketing, venues, and COVID-safe measures.
Melbourne Music Week–Extended – Second Drop Shows
Monday, February 1st
Cash Savage and The Last Drinks (The Old Bar)
The Meanies (The Tote)
Monday, February 8th
The Murlocs (The Gasometer)
Close Counters (The Curtin Hotel)
Monday, February 15th
Yusupha Ngum and The Affia Band (Bar Oussou)
Sui Zhen (Colour Nightclub)
Monday, February 22nd
30/70 (Northcote Social Club)
Private Function (The Evelyn Hotel)
Every Monday in February at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl
Constant Mongrel + Primo! + Exek + Alien Nosejob
Co-presented with: Anti Fade
Friday, February 12th
Max Watts, Melbourne, VIC
18 Years of Techno – Melbourne Techno Collective
Co-presented with: Stable Music
Death of Socrates
Friday, February 19th
New Guernica, Melbourne, VIC
Skegss, Ruby Fields, King Stingray & The Vovos – Live At The Bowl
Co-presented with: The Push and Australian Music Vault
Saturday, February 20th
Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Melbourne, VIC
Summer Courtyard: Metamorphosis
Adolfo Aranjuez (Dancer)
Stev Zar (DJ)
And more to be announced
Friday, February 26th
Immigration Museum, Melbourne, VIC
Floodlights LIVE with guests
And guests to be announced
Saturday, February 27th
The Toff, Melbourne, VIC
Full details available from the Melbourne Music Week website.