Melbourne Music Week have been raising excitement levels in recent weeks, having delivered a stellar first lineup a month ago, and announcing St Paul’s Cathedral as the hub for the whole event. Now, the week-long celebration of music has dropped the full lineup for their 2017 event, including a strong focus on the rough and rowdy genre that is punk music.
Melbourne Music Week 2017 is set to take over a number of venues around the city. In addition to its previously-announced hub, the State Library, Federation Square, Melbourne Town Hall, and many others will all serve as impromptu venues for this year, proving that there is no area of the city safe from the wide-reaching influence of brilliant music.
If you’ve ever found yourself wanting to learn about the history of punk in the Victorian capital, MPavilion is holding an educational event called WHY PUNK?, which will explore the birth of punk music in Melbourne. With discussions about the genre, and using poetry, first-hand stories, and even teenage diary excerpts, you’ll receive a in-depth behind-the-scenes education into the music, memories, and politics of Melbourne’s DIY punk scene.
The most notable addition to the Melbourne Music Week lineup this year is the return of their Live Music Safari, which will see a wide variety of artists paying tribute to the rebellious, free-spirited nature of punk music. The Live Music Safari’s focus on 40 years of punk will see acts such as Bitch Diesel, SPOD, DARTS, and over 50 more take over a number of venues around the city for ten days, as these locations drop the cover charge and allow punters in for a series of free shows.
If you don’t want to take things too seriously, be sure to head along to Max Watts on November 22nd as ping pong tournaments are held to the heavy sounds of Cosmic Kahuna, Tankerville, and Ute Root. Contestants are playing for a pretty sweet booze prize, so you can tell this is going to be one highly competitive evening.
triple j are also set to put on a brilliant free show on the festival’s opening night, with Brisbane skate-punks Skegss, Tired Lion, Brisbane’s Mallrat, Baker Boy, and an Unearthed winner set to take over the steps of Parliament House on November 17th for what is undoubtedly set to be a huge evening of local talent.
Melbourne Music Week is set to run from November 17th until November 25th in various locations around the city. Check out the full list of events at the Melbourne Music Week website.
Melbourne Music Week
November 17th – November 25th
Various Locations, Melbourne, VIC
More information: Melbourne Music Week