Melbourne Music Week (MMW) is back for 2020. This year’s program of free and ticketed events spans three months and, for the first time, features a 100 percent local line-up. This special edition of the event – Melbourne Music Week–Extended – will run from Wednesday 9 December 2020 to Sunday 28 February 2021. 


From headline shows at iconic city locations and takeovers at some of Melbourne’s favourite live music venues to a new wellness series, plus a dog-friendly gig, this live and local MMW–Extended is the first festival bringing (COVID-safe) live music back to Melbourne. Most events are in-person, but there will also be some online talks and podcasts deep-diving into a range of contemporary industry issues with diverse local voices. 

Supporting the recovery of the local live music industry is at the core of MMW–Extended, and this event is the ticket to re-discovering the best of Melbourne’s live music scene as it returns.



· Opening Night on Wednesday 9 December will feature a Welcome to Country by the Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung Cultural Heritage Aboriginal Corporation and including a performance by Aboriginal dance group Dijirri Dijirri at the Evan Walker Bridge as well as Smoking Ceremonies and programming across four city locations, including Section 8. The Welcome to Country will also be live-streamed online. 

· The Music Victoria Awards will also take place on Opening Night at Melbourne Recital Centre (and live-streamed) featuring a killer local line-up including Alice Skye, Elizabeth, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever and Simona Castricum. 

· Headline shows include ascending hip hop star, Baker Boy, at the Melbourne Recital Centre, iconic rock musician Adalita on the Grand Organ at Melbourne Town Hall, plus an audio visual exploration with Melbourne producers Ara Koufax and iconic DJ and academic Simona Castricum at the Capitol Theatre. 

· Fierce, tense post-punk trio, Cable Ties will lead The Forum’s Melbourne Music Week debut, while High Tension, stalwarts of the Melbourne metal scene, bring their blistering power to Max Watts in other headline events. 

· Melbourne Music Week–Extended is teaming up with some of the city’s favourite live music venues including Colour, Cherry Bar Curtin, Section 8, Max Watts and more, to deliver Venue Presents featuring an ongoing line-up of gigs with local artists like Blake Scott, Mick Harvey, Banoffee and Allysha Joy across the three month event. 

· A line-up of Outdoor Parties will also form part of Melbourne Music Week–Extended, kicking off with The Operatives Presents WE ARE 16 at The Third Day on 12 December, with more to be announced. 


For more information on Melbourne Music Week–Extended and to view the program, visit


Melbourne Music Week is proudly supported by its partners including the Victorian Government, Ticketek, oOh!media, Beat, PBS 1067.FM and 3RRR.