Melbourne Music Week in disused Hospital Ballroom
In its basement of pipe woven walls, abandoned hallways and high-vaulted ceilings, the former Royal Women’s Hospital ballroom will be one of the party sites for this year’s Melbourne Music week. This creepy Australian edifice will be the Music week’s flagship venue from November 13-20, hosting an array of events and a variety of artists from across the globe. This year’s DJs will include sets from Secret Circuit, Animals Dancing, Banoffee to Melbourne’s own Gypsy and The Cat, The Harpoons and Dorsal Fins. Headlining the week’s event will be artists Eric Duncan, Monolake and Cobblestone Jazz. The music drifting down the hallways will also feature some unplugged acts such as a live jam session with the Foreign Brothers Core-Tet, thought-provoking piano pieces, and live bands.
The festival posts on their website, “MMW is respectfully repurposing the basement, its maze of surrounding abandoned offices, kitchens, plant and steam rooms, as a place for dancing once more for this year’s event. Retrofitting with lighting and sound, the existent parquetry floors will also be restored.”
The tucked away stages invite guests to participate in the unfamiliar and create their own unique journey through a journey of music and art. Decorated with headless mannequin bodies, draping plastic sheets and mysterious corridors, the labyrinth will host events with secret music line-ups, outdoor roller-skating, a free series of afternoon DJ sets and a screening of footwork film Mop and Glow. This year’s event reinvents the live music experience through imaginative interactive experiences, art and design.