It’s been a huge week of live music around Melbourne. From the incredible Wednesday night Heaps Gay + Heaps Yummy show, to another colossal Live Music Safari, our music-loving minds and bodies are exhausted. So with great effort we mustered up our remaining energy. It was time to have one last hurrah at the official Melbourne Music Week closing party.
Co-Presented by the team from Good Manners, a local record label and regular party starters in Melbourne, the lineup included plenty of homegrown and international electronic musicians. As we made our way up the lawn to the State Library of Victoria, we were impressed once again by how wonderful a festival hub this place is. The audience was free to watch the bands playing on the forecourt while relaxing on the grassy incline. Inside the grand old library was the real action.
The full lineup on the night included: HVOB (Austria) + Seekae (DJ set) + LUCIANBLOMKAMP + Dro Carey + Rainbow Chan + HABITS + Planète + Marcus Whale + Luke Howard + Corin + Telling + Jennifer Loveless + Amateur Dance + Brooke Powers + Gonzo Jones + Collette + Slim Vibrato.
Rainbow Chan was a new discovery for me and my plus one. Hailing from Sydney, this solo singer/songwriter was joined on stage by two other musicians as a backing band. Her style of music was the perfect fit to get the audience ready for a full night of quality tunes. Other highlights of the night included HABITS, Seekae (DJ set) and HVOB. Telling was a two-piece whose music perfectly fitted the refined feeling of drinking in a library.
We were reminded once again how stunning our State Library is. Is there a way to make this a more regular thing?
This year’s MMW has been an incredible experience as usual, and we are looking forward to seeing what they get up to next year.
Tomas is a filmmaker, writer, coffee addict and tall person who does not play basketball. You can follow him @TomasZagoda.
Melbourne Music Week is on until 19 November 2016. See the full program.
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