Melbourne Music Week: 17-25 November. Free and Ticketed Events. Hundreds of musicians perform in over 40 venues...
Melbourne Music Week
17-25 November. Free and Ticketed Events. Hundreds of musicians perform in over 40 venues. Exciting sets of contemporary dance, jazz, rock and pop music by local, national and overseas entertainers. See the program at mmw.melbourne.vic.gov.au.
Sidesault at The Melba
Melba Spiegeltent, 35 Johnston St, Collingwood. Closes Sat 18 Nov, various times. Tickets $27/$23. Experimental circus acts with five different shows from local and international artists throughout the season. For more information on what's on, session times and ticket prices, please visit www.circusoz.com.
The Changing Face of Victoria
State Library of Victoria, 328 Swanston Street, Melbourne. Monday-Sunday 10am–5pm. Free exhibition. Discover the people, places and events that have shaped Victoria. See Ned Kelly's armour, explorers and early settlers, life on the goldfields, and aspects of daily life in Victoria in the 20th and 21st centuries. More than 100 new items now on display, including a new display about Ned Kelly's sister Kate, gorgeous travel posters from the 1920s and '30s, and political posters from the 1970s to the '90s. Phone 8664 7099.
City Eat & Drinks
East Malvern Food & Wine Festival
Central Park, Corner of Wattle Tree and Burke Roads, East Malvern. Sun 19 Nov 10.30am to 5.30pm. Free entry. The Festival returns for its 2nd year to delight connoisseurs of food and wine. Wine tasting packages start at $20, and include a souvenir wine glass and tasting tickets. Enjoy a wide array of food stalls with delicacies from Richmond Oysters, Riserva, Nepal Dining and more. Shopping includes locally produced cheeses, gourmet condiments, Christmas puddings and other festive season fare. Roving entertainers, live music and magician master classes. For all the latest, please visit www.eastmalvernfoodandwine.melbourne and Facebook.
Mowgli's Marvellous Feast
The Vincent, 111 Victoria Avenue, Albert Park. Wednesday 22 November 6-10pm. Inspired by the classic tale The Jungle Book, Mowgli's Feast is a unique 7-course vegan dining experience, produced by seven leading chefs with matched wines and cocktails. Tickets $95. To make a booking, or view the menu, please visit thevincent.com.au/whats-on.
Landes Warehouse, 194 Bridge Road, Richmond, Thurs 16 Nov until Sun 19 Nov from 10am each day. Exclusive new shipment of factory extras, one-off pieces and past season collections from hot brands like Minkpink, Staple the Label, Some Days Lovin', Evil Twin, Paint It Red and many more. Includes swimwear, dresses, t-shirts, and sunnies in a range of styles, colours and sizes. New styles put out daily. Expect 80% off recommended retail prices. For more information, see www.facebook.com/LandesStores or follow @landes_stores on Instagram.
Queen Victoria Night Market
Cnr Elizabeth and Victoria Streets, every Wednesday 5pm–10pm. The Night Market celebrates its 20th anniversary with a huge 21-week season. Enjoy special themed nights, new and exciting food vendors, special bar offers, free entertainment and summer atmosphere. Note: no market on 27 December. Find out more at www.thenightmarket.com.au.
Melbourne Town Hall, 90-130 Swanston St. Sun 15 Nov 4pm onwards. Giant music party takes over three levels of the Town Hall in one of the biggest nights of Melbourne Music Week. Headlined by experimental music duo HTRK, featuring the Underground Lovers, Tyrannamen, Loose Tooth, Taipan Tiger Girls, Friendships and CORIN. DJs in the Council Chambers, a grand organ takeover in the Main Hall, and gigs popping up randomly. Tickets $53-$64. Info at timeout.com.
FM Karaoke Bar
146 Bourke Street, Melbourne. Open 7 days until late. Modern ground floor bar for casual drinks, eight private karaoke rooms upstairs. Songs are updated daily in English, Korean, Chinese and Japanese. Book it for a special party. Friendly staff and great service. Phone 9663 0013, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our Facebook page.
Aladdin The Musical
Her Majesty's Theatre, 219 Exhibition Street. Wednesday to Sunday , 8pm and some afternoon sessions. Musical theatre based on the popular character from the Arabian Nights. Phone 8643 3300. Season extended by popular demand. Bookings online at premier.ticketek.com.au
Living Traditions Festival
North Melbourne Language & Learning, 33 Alfred St, North Melbourne, Fri17 Nov, 5pm-8pm. Free festival promoting multiculturalism, as members from various backgrounds and communities will congregate to celebrate their cultures and traditions. A wonderful lineup of fun-filled events includes Ethiopian coffee ceremony, tea rituals, live entertainment, storytelling events, traditional foods and kid's treasure hunt. Visit www.nmll.org.au/event/living-traditions-festival for details.
Japanese Festive Market
Kimono House, Level 2 Nicholas Building, 37 Swanston Street. Tue-Sat 1-21 December 10am–5pm. Twilight event until 7pm on opening day Friday 1 December. The Kimono House gallery space converts to a Japanese style market with a unique range of gifts and take-home decorations to celebrate the festive season. Cute DIY Japanese-inspired Christmas decoration craft kits will be available to create your own at home. Phone 9639 0565, email email@example.com or visit www.kimonohouse.com.au.
The Stables, Meat Market, Melbourne. Until Sunday 19 November, 8pm. Three short speculative fiction works introduces audiences to an autistic experience of the world, demonstrating the inability to name or describe emotions. Presented by Citizen Theatre and A_tistic. Tickets $20-$35. More information at poppyseed.net.au.
Now Is The Time To Celebrate Music
It's the season for festivals in Melbourne. Over the last couple of months we've had the Fringe Festival, the Melbourne Festival, the International Film Festival, and the Spring Racing Carnival. At the end of this month begins the multicultural arts festival Mapping Melbourne.
But Melbournians don't have the chance for a break, because right now we are about to launch into Melbourne Music Week.
In fact it is more than a week, because the Music Festival begins on 17 November and continues until the 25 November. For these nine days, hundreds of musicians will set up and perform in over 40 venues, providing first class entertainment in over a hundred exciting free and ticketed sets of contemporary dance, jazz, rock and pop music.
Although many venues are taking part, the centre of it is always “The Hub”. This is not a fixed location, it changes every year. In the past The Hub has been the State Library and the basement of the Former Royal Women's Hospital.
This year The Hub will be St Paul’s Cathedral, at the very heart of the city, across from Flinders Street Station. The cathedral will play host to German techno icon DJ Hell, a Montreal club veteran, a US folk hero and many local music legends. The carpark next door will also be a venue, bringing a huge line-up of lunch performances, live sets and incredible gigs.
Another feature of Music Week will be the “Live Music Safari”. For one night only, Thursday 23 November, ten of the city’s most outstanding music venues will abandon their usual cover charge to host a huge night of live music. Venues taking part include Loop Project Space & Bar, Last Chance Rock and Roll Bar, The Toff In Town, John Curtin Hotel, and Ferdydurke.
Variety and freshness make up the character of Music Week. Visiting Australia for the first time, 23 year-old US TrapHouseJazz singer Masego presents a fusion of modern soul, jazz, house, trap and R&B. Other overseas talents include, DJ Acid Safari from Spain, and New Zealand electronic duo Fortunes.
Representing local talent, Melbourne's multi-instrumentalist Silentjay gives unique production to forgotten 90s numbers. Uncomfortable Science takes the music of the late blues singer Amy Winehouse as the basis for musical imagination with jazz improvisation.
With 250 artists taking part, these examples hardly scratch the surface. If you want to know more, or book tickets, you had better visit mmw.melbourne.vic.gov.au.