Melbourne Music Week has revealed the historic St Paul’s Cathedral (‘The Cathedral’) as its 2017 hub. Traditionally a place of quiet contemplation and worship, The Cathedral will be transformed into a bustling live music venue from 17- 25 November, playing host to a phenomenal line-up of local and international acts. This is the first time the 126 year old neo-Gothic Cathedral and its adjoining carpark will be used in this way, providing a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for music lovers. Announced today are the four main shows inside The Cathedral, with the full line-up in the adjoining carpark set to be announced 17 October.
Lord Mayor Robert Doyle AC said that MMW has gained a reputation for reinterpreting and redefining the use of public spaces since it was launched in 2010.
“Music plays a critical role in our city’s economic, cultural and social fabric. Standing in the heart of the city, The Cathedral will provide a unique and unexpected setting for a cutting-edge live music program,” the Lord Mayor said.
On Friday 17 November, Smooch Records will co-present MMW’s opening night inside The Cathedral. Headlined by experimental American musician Juliana Barwick – known for her immersive, ethereal multi-tracked harmonies (and who is also fittingly a preacher’s daughter) – the line-up also includes American singer-songwriter Kath Bloom and rising Australian acts Divide and Dissolve, Wilson Tanner, Kirkis, James Tom & Jack Doepel (Krakatau), and Two Steps On The Water. The multisensory event will see artists draw on the historic space’s unique acoustics, with special performances incorporating the grand organ and choir, making for an unforgettable aural experience.
German veteran DJ and musical powerhouse Helmut Geier – aka DJ Hell – will head the line-up on Saturday 18 November for an Australian exclusive show, co-presented with Stable Music. The event will transform the sacred space into a sublime showcase of dramatic orchestral tension and evocative futuristic synthesis until 4am, also featuring musical stylings from the likes of Honeysmack, Acid Safari, DJ Kiti and Sundelin.
Co-presented with Acclaim and Paradise, Zambian-born poet and singer-songwriter Sampa The Great returns to Melbourne to headline the hub show on Friday 24 November. The talented lyricist will be supported by Melbourne R&B duo Fortunes and neo-soul group The Harpoons. Spike F**k, Marcus Whale, Anuraag (DJ Set) and Wahe (DJ Set) will also be joining them for what’s sure to be an unmissable night of Australian music.
Vase Records o-owner Jacques Greene makes his Australian return for the closing night at The Cathedral, Saturday 25 November. Co-presented by Melbourne label and tastemakers Good Manners, the DJ and producer from Montréal, CA will perform alongside some of Melbourne’s finest electronic artists including Banoffee, Planète, Darcy Baylis, Exhibitionist and Jennifer Loveless (DJ Set).
MMW once again joins forces with Face The Music in 2017, with the annual two-day industry program utilising The Cathedral as its home 23 – 24 November. Back for its milestone 10th year, Face The Music promises game-changing music industry conversations, creative workshops, discussion panels and live music performances to boot, with more speakers to be revealed soon.
Chair of the City of Melbourne’s Arts Portfolio, Cr Rohan Leppert, said MMW enhances Melbourne’s reputation as a creative, energetic city.
“This annual event is not just about putting on a good show – it also provides real support to Melbourne’s live music venues, promoters, businesses and artists,” Cr Leppert said.
The MMW Hub reveal follows last month’s first program announcement which included industry summit Face The Music, The Age Victoria Music Awards After Party, laneway street party ZOO, Miscellanea – a multi-label takeover of the iconic Melbourne Town Hall, and the just-announced Ariel Pink show at Melbourne Recital Centre.
MMW will transform the city into a playground of sights, sounds and sensory escapades from 17 – 25 November. Owned and delivered by City of Melbourne, MMW will captivate the city with a nine day program dedicated to cultivating the city’s robust, world-renowned music scene, spanning multiple genres and performance styles.
Tickets will go on sale from 12pm October 3. For more information check out the MMW website http://www.melbourne.vic.gov.au/mmw. The full 2017 MMW program will be announced on Tuesday 17 October.
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