I’ve spent just over a week in Sydney and I’m already missing Melbourne. On the first night I arrived, I walked around the city thinking I was in another suburb, mostly because of the lack of laneways, public art and anything that vaguely resembles decent coffee.
While the Sydney Festival always attracts massive names, Melbourne is starting to catch up and tonight’s announcement of the musical program at the Melbourne Festival is quite impressive.
MONO, Kimya Dawson, Aseop Rock and Jello Biafra will all be down here for the festival, however the most exciting act is Okkervil River who’s most recent album I Am Very Far showcased a bigger sound for the band. Will Sheff will also be playing an acoustic set at The Toff which only has a capacity of 300.
Melbourne Festival shows at The Forum:
Friday 7th October – MONO (Japan), Wintercoats (Australia)
Saturday 8 October – Black Dice (USA), Lucky Dragons (USA)
Friday 14 October – Okkervil River (USA), Roller One (Australia)
Saturday 15 October – Aesop Rock, Kimya Dawson ft Rob Sonic & DJ Big Wiz (USA), The Narcicyst (Iraq), Omar Offendum (Syria)
Friday 21 October – Konono No.1 (Democratic Republic of the Congo), Bachelorette (New Zealand)
Saturday 22 October – Jello Biafra (USA)
Melbourne Festival shows at The Toff in Town:
Sunday 9 October – Sulumi (China), Qua (Australia)
Wednesday 12 October – Lucky Dragons (USA), Geoffrey O’Connor (Australia)
Sunday 16 October – Will Sheff (USA), Jimmy Stewart (Australia), Mike Noga (Australia)
Wednesday 19 October – Bachelorette (New Zealand), Rat Vs Possum (Australia)
Melbourne Festival shows at Meeniyan Town Hall:
Saturday 15 October – Okkervil River (USA)