Dimopoulos announces ALWAYS LIVE program via Arts Center Melbourne

Arts Center Melbourne has officially become a partner of the inaugural statewide celebration of contemporary live music, ALWAYS LIVE, cementing Melbourne and Victoria as the live music capital of Australia.

The program will see the return of BLAKTIVISM and the Melbourne Music Bus Tour as well as ALWAYS LIVE music workshops at Arts Center Melbourne’s creative workshop space, The Channel. There will also be continued daily access to the Australian Music Vault; the free exhibition space exploring the history of Australian contemporary music – past, present and future.

“We’re bringing Victorians the live music experiences they love, in destinations across the state – offering even more reasons to hit the road and kick the music off while discovering some of the best draw cards our state has ever seen. has to offer,” said Minister of Tourism, Sport and Major Events Steve Dimopoulos.

First Peoples music events and performances will be front and center. Photo: Supplied

Popular venues such as Hamer Hall, the Sidney Myer Music Bowl and the Australian Music Vault – will host the SoundBox, directly adjacent to the Australian Music Vault, providing a valuable boost to Melbourne’s arts district.

The program will feature Blak voices of First Nations musical activism with performances from Yothu Yindi, Bart Willoughby, Deline Briscoe, Emma Donovan, Fred Leone, Lou Bennett, Romaine Moreton, Sorong Samarai and more. As part of the Hometown First Nations Regional Concert Series, Isaiah Firebrace and Alice Skye will headline free concerts in Echuca on December 4 and Horsham on December 10, respectively, allowing fans of regional music to enjoy of a series of incredible First Nations talent celebrating the rich Victorian musical culture.

Plus, the Australian Music Vault invites all Victorians to view artifacts from artists like Tash Sultana, Missy Higgins, Dami Im and AC/DC, and discover exciting new stories from today’s Australian music scene. . It will also see the return of the popular Melbourne Music Bus Tour from October 15 to December 10.

Mary Mihelakos with Kylie Minogue. Photo: Supplied

Led by Melbourne musicologist Bruce Milne and music journalist Mary Mihelakos, locals will become a tourist of Melbourne’s rich musical history as they uncover the past of dimly lit band rooms, untold stories of the recording studios, secrets of the side of the stage and hear about the revolutionary musicians who shaped the scene. During the two-hour tour, music lovers will visit a wide range of Melbourne sites, including venues and venues associated with this season’s special guests. Guests confirmed to join the tours so far include Angie Hart, Clare Bowditch, Jane Clifton, Paul Stewart, Uncle Jack Charles, Wilbur Wilde plus a special 70s punk scene in Melbourne with The Birthday Party and drummer from Boys Next Door, Phill Calvert. Tickets for the Melbourne Music Bus Tour go on sale Tuesday August 23.

Additionally, versatile creative learning lab, The Channel, will present a series of inspiring, hands-on and unique masterclasses for emerging artists with industry professionals who support collaborative music-making and sharing with sessions spanning the songwriting, electronic music production and working with synthesizers.

The songwriting workshop will focus on developing good creative practices in an encouraging and collaborative space. The Ableton & Hardware Integration Workshop teaches emerging and established artists how to integrate hardware synthesizers with Ableton Live and use a range of synthesizers for hands-on experience. The Household Techno Workshop invites artists to record and manipulate audio samples using found objects to create dynamic and fun tracks in Ableton Live. There will also be an artist feedback and development session where emerging artists are invited to join in an open feedback session encouraging career and creative development through evaluation and collaboration.

Aspiring musicians and creatives interested in Melbourne’s arts and music scene attending workshops. Photo: Supplied

Houston, Texas psych-funk songwriters Khruangbin are hosting their first-class Melbourne tour on Saturday, December 3 with special guests Kamasi Washington and Mildlife. Live on stage, Khruangbin’s electric lineup is performed with impeccable style, their sound rooted in globetrotting and meticulously constructed and universally adored.

Sampa The Great will perform on Friday December 9th with TRUE FAITH celebrating 30 years of Hardware on December 10th.

Finally, ALWAYS LIVE SoundBox will be a bespoke Spacecube structure taking over the Arts Center Melbourne forecourt, giving visitors a taste of the buzzing energy of the music industry with music videos, performances, recordings and interviews. The versatile cubic space will be used for recording and broadcasting, and will include a lo-fi performance space for podcasting, co-writing and more – the perfect front-row vantage point through glass windows .

For more information, visit artscentremelbourne.com.au

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