Our picks of Self-Made at Melbourne Music Week: 17-25 November

Between 17 – 25 November, a nine day celebration will take place in the form of Melbourne Music Week.

The program will dominate the city and illuminate our proud place at the top of the Australian live music landscape. Yep, Melbourne rules live music in this country.

Melbourne Music Week, or MMW (as the cool kids call it) will showcase original and innovative music events by some of our best creative talent, producers, musicians and performers across multiple venues and institutions around the city.

The Self-Made program is designed to support and promote emerging creative individuals and groups to produce their own MMW events, encouraging them to think outside the standard live music event format.

Since 2012, Melbourne Music Week has promoted over 40 events under the Self-Made banner, ranging from gigs on trams and pop-up performances to a party at the historical Old Melbourne Gaol.

Here are our top picks of the Self-Made 2017 program;


Co-presented with Bianca Martin

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Music and zines have a long interspersed history, giving musicians their own voice of their own making, providing additional creative output in print. This Self-Made event celebrates the Melbourne musicians who contribute to the thriving scene, and features a series of new zines that explore the rich history of Melbourne music. Featuring performances from Made Austria, Dogood, and Piss Factory, who are all zine makers themselves.

  • SATURDAY, 18 NOVEMBER 12:00pm – 3:00pm 
  • This is a free event
  • Location: Howey Place, Melbourne VIC 3000


Co-presented with Kaiju Kitten

Melbourne Electronic Sound Studio (MESS Ltd) is home to one of the most eclectic and historically significant collections of electronic instruments in the world. Synth Salon is a unique opportunity to see some of Melbourne’s best sound artists and musicians perform on some rare synthesizers from an epic hardware collection.

For one night only MESS Ltd will transform into an intimate performance space, showcasing immersive sets from Anuencia (Sooji Kim + Bryan Phillips), Emah Fox, Xenosine, Mads Davey and Naretha Williams.

  • TUESDAY, 21 NOVEMBER 6:30pm – 9:30pm
  • Tickets available here
  • Location: Mess Electronic Sound Studio Ltd, 15 Dowling Place, North Melbourne VIC 3051


Co-presented with Mo•Louie (seen at top)

Featuring Mo•Louie + Abraham Tilbury + Youthfire + Sloe Motion
Technicolour Wonderland will be a series of immersive visual installations, live music and roaming performers celebrating diversity.

Join a group of unique and innovative artists in an open and safe environment, wear your colours and flaunt your brightest qualities.

Emerging electronic artists Abraham Tilbury, Mo•Louie and Youthfire have collaborated with video artist Sloe-Motion to transform iconic music venue Ding Dong Lounge into an interactive technicolour wonderland. The night will slide into a vibrant dance party extravaganza showcasing local DJs Jackson Miles, Tamo Junto and Gio Garcia.

  • FRIDAY, 24 NOVEMBER 9:00pm – 4:00am
  • Tickets available here
  • Location: Ding Dong Lounge, 18 Market Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000


Co-presented with The Melbourne Drone Orchestra in conjunction with Songlines and MPavilion.

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Melbourne’s loudest collective return for a unique collaboration with one of the world’s earliest instruments. Modern experimentation comes full circle and meets ancient tradition, with an ensemble of 18 guitars blending drones with the inimitable and haunting sound of the yidaki (didgeridoo). The Melbourne Drone Orchestra will perform as the setting sun turns day into the night’s dreaming at the newly built MPavilion.
This state-of-the-art amphitheatre will allow audience members to be immersed within a corona of sound ablaze with frequencies, where feedback, overtones and distortion combine for a unique sensory and cross-cultural experience.

  • SATURDAY, 25 NOVEMBER 7:00pm – 9:00pm
  • This is a free event
  • Location: MPavillion, Queen Victoria Gardens, St Kilda Rd, Melbourne VIC 3004

Melbourne Music Week is on from 17-25 November, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. For a complete program, please visit the official MMW website.

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