Melbourne Music is here – and we’re all rather excited about it. Our music scene is marvellous and well-deserving of a special celebration. We won’t preach too much to the converted though – if you live here, you already know this much!
The full Melbourne Music program is available on the Melbourne Music website but we thought we’d highlight a couple of our favourite events for your particular attention.
Melbourne Music Opening Concert
Rock up to Federation Square this Saturday from 5pm and you’ll be treated to some of our city’s greatest live bands – free. We’re loving the idea of a barbecue with friends followed by a free gig.
See Dan Sultan before your kid sister starts wearing his t-shirts. This guy is seriously good and is about to be seriously discovered – so get in first is our advice. Be enlivened by the merry pop-rock of British India and give it all up for Parades, a Sydney art-rock act with a fine electro-pop thing going on.
The always entertaining Dan Kelly, plus newcomers Eagle and the Worm and the dance-tastic Purple Sneakers DJs complete what makes for a rather brilliant line-up. And did we mention it’s free?
For those who remember Thank God It’s Over – clearly, it’s not!
Want a job in the music industry? Already working in music and want to get better at what you do? Step this way! Musicwerks is a bunch of free workshops for anyone interested in a career on music, whether on the stage or behind it. With industry experts and performers such as Skipping Girl Vinegar, Mantra, Wendy Stapleton and Ron Tudor dispensing advice, you could do a lot worse than to book yourself into one or more of these sessions.
We especially like the sounds of:
- Legal Chambers – Kookaburra Sings Down Under: musician and lawyer Paul O’Gorman gives an insider’s view on Men At Work’s famous ‘Down Under’ copyright battle.
- Hip Hop Songwriting: Mantra, frontman of Melbourne hip hop group Illzilla, shares his songwriting tips and techniques.
- iPhone – The New Music Maker: Dr Barry Hill shows how to make serious tunes on your smartphone in this fun community music-making event.
And they’re just for starters!
Je t’aime: the filmic lives of Gainsbourg and Birkin
A final, special mention goes to this fabulous program of films at ACMI. Why? It’s Serge Gainsbourg. No other explanation is surely required.
Melbourne Music: on until Sunday 10 October.
WIN! WIN! WIN!
We have two double passes up for grabs to the Jagermeister Independent Music Awards on this Friday 1 October at the Forum!
This is your only chance to see Sally Seltmann, Cloud Control and M-Phazes perform as part of the Melbourne Music program. Award nominees include Dan Sultan, Dan Kelly and British India who are all performing at the free Opening Concert the following night at Fed Square.
To enter the draw, tell us about a memorable gig you’ve been to in Melbourne using the comment section below. We’ll pick our favourite two entries and award each winner a double pass.
Entries close at 4pm, Thursday 30 September. We’ll contact the winner via email. You must be 18 years of age or older to be eligible to win.