It won't disappoint.

Words by

Veronica Stanford

We are getting pretty excited for Melbourne Music Week. It could be something to do with the endless amount of musical talent, the transformation of the abandoned Former Royal Womens Hopsital, or all the delicious food events. Maybe it’s a combination of everything. Either way, MMW promises to light up Melbourne and turn the city into a creative musical mecca.

Spanning across a week, there will be an endless number of activities taking place. The program is pretty overwhelming, so we’ve done the hard work for you.

Here are our top picks for MMW 2015. 

Opening Night Party
Who doesn’t love a party? Opening night promises to set the MMW bar very high. The flagship venue will see Melbourne’s The Harpoons support alt-pop outfit Dorsal Fins, while Gypsy and The Cat return from a hiatus to ensure the dance floor is groovin’ and the party is kicking.

Friday November 13
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Banoffee + I'lls (two piece) + Kllo ++
Co-presented by Good Manners, Melbourne’s brightest emerging artists will be taking the stage for a showcase like no other. The event features a line-up consisting of synth-pop sweetheart Banoffee, electronic duo Kllo, sound game-changers I’lls, skilled multi-instrumentalist LUCIANBLOMKAMP and ambient productionist Planète. Sounds pretty good hey? They will also be accompanied by evolving audio-visual and lighting shows from local creative John Fish and Sangkhara. 

Tuesday November 17
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Lunchbox Sessions: Woodes
Music is about to break up your daily grind, thanks to MMW’s lunchbox sessions. The Flagship venue will welcome captivating singer/songwriter Woodes for a free performance while you take your lunch break. Work just got that much more exciting.

Thursday November 19
No need to buy tickets, this event is free. 

Swell Live
Swell is all about re-imagining what you expect of a live music experience. Breaking the boundaries between performer and audience, the event (which will span over several days) will see a whole range of rooms at the Flagship Venue transform into intimately designed spaces.
Expect an immersive adventure that is not only interactive but also artistic. There is also a secret music line-up.

See website for dates.
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Brunch gigs at 1000 Pound Bend
What’s better than brunch? Only brunch which takes place in the surrounds of an intimate daytime solo. See songwriters OLYMPIA and James Teague provide a delicious soundtrack as you munch down on the best meal of the day.

Saturday November 14
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Interwoven – Performance 
A dreamy all female line-up will see the Interwoven space transform into a performance venue that fuses art, music and fashion. Ella Thompson, Woodes, Tash Parker, Sui Zhen and Eliza Hull will take listeners on a musical journey, with performances weaving seamlessly into the next.

Tuesday November 17
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New Orleans Street Party
A celebration of all things southern, Dodds Street will be transformed into a New Orleans style street party. Expect live music ranging from jazz to swing to New Orleans brass band funk. There will also be cuisine from America’s south to celebrate the city’s restaurants, laneways and nightlife. 

Friday November 20
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Video Killed the Radio 
Something to please your eyes and your ears. Video Killed the Radio sees visual artists and musicians team up for a night of multi-sensory pleasure. A visit to The Toff in Town leave you exposed to the sweet pop-vocals of Darren Sylvester, Paper House and Ela Stiles. At the same time, the musical talents will be teaming up with acclaimed visual artist Lost Few for one beguiling performance.

Sunday November 15
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Whether you are keen to take the rink, or just keep things on the dance floor, we promise that this will be a party like no other. The MMW Flagship Venue will be transformed into a roller rink, with live music from too many sweet bands to list. Skates will be provided and the Victorian Roller Derby League girls will be in attendance. We can’t wait.

Saturday November 14
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Lost Children Found
Nothing beats enjoying yourself, while helping out less fortunate at the same time. Lost Children Found will see a hidden warehouse space in Melbourne’s north play host to local bands, headlined by World's End Press. While you listen, sip down on drinks and munch down on food from the pop-up dining bar. The more you spend, the more you help.

Saturday November 14
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