Posted on 06. Sep, 2010 in Victoria

The inaugural Melbourne Music event will close with a highly-audible bang on Sunday, 10 October with a free all-ages concert presented by the Victoria Rocks program.

As part of the Melbourne Music program launch today, Minister for the Arts Peter Batchelor announced the closing concert will feature performances by Keith! Party, Kate Vigo, Oh Mercy and DJ sets by the Puta Madre Brothers.

“The Victoria Rocks Finale concert, which will be held on the City Square stage, will highlight the diversity of genres and styles in Victoria’s contemporary music sector and will showcase some of the state’s best and brightest emerging acts, alongside those poised to take on the world,” he said.

“All the featured performers in the finale have received grants to develop their music careers through Victoria Rocks, the Brumby Labor Government’s contemporary music funding program.

“It is great that through this finale concert we can further showcase the great talent we’re supporting through Victoria Rocks.”

Consisting of ten MCs and one DJ, Keith! Party will kick of the finale concert with their unique blend of rap-rave followed by a set by Kate Vigo. Puta Madre Brothers will bring it all together with DJ sets throughout the afternoon and the headline act, Oh Mercy, will close the show.

“Since we launched the program in 2007, Victoria Rocks has supported more than 270 individual musicians and groups with grants totalling more than $2.2 million, Mr Batchelor said.

“Whether it has been the recording of a demo, staging a tour or attending a music conference, the program aims to help musicians and bands, in a very practical way, to reach the next stage of their careers.”

Mr Batchelor said Victoria was proud to be home to contemporary music in Australia and Melbourne was truly the heartland of this thriving scene.

“This will be particularly evident during Melbourne Music, which is a 12 day celebration of local music held across the city.”

Mr Batchelor said Victoria Rocks was a fantastic partner for Melbourne Music and he looked forward to seeing how the event would bring Victorian music to new and diverse audiences.

“The Brumby Labor Government is proud of its ongoing support for the sector and of the many musicians, bands and industry personnel who work tirelessly to create, develop and promote Victorian music – Melbourne Music is a great chance to celebrate this and so much more.”

Mr Batchelor said in addition to the finale concert, the Brumby Labor Government was supporting a number of events scheduled as part of the Melbourne Music program including:

  • October 2 – Victorian Music Future – Music Victoria shares its music vision and discusses the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. 5.45pm to 7pm – Yarra Room, Town Hall;
  • October 8 – Victoria Rocks information session. Learn first hand from successful recipients and talk to program staff about the application and assessment process. 5:45pm -7.15pm in the Yarra Room, Melbourne Town Hall;
  • October 9 – Careers in the Music Industry – Kick-start your career in the music industry by picking the brains of the experts: from performers to audio engineers; from event managers to record company bosses. 1.15pm to 4pm, Yarra, Portico, Regent and Melbourne Rooms, Town Hall;
  • October 9 – The Push Presents – Push It!, with Pez, Wicked Force Breakers, Kstar Evolitionz and more. 2pm to 4.30pm, City Square; and
  • October 9 – Australasian World Music Expo preview with The Red Eyes, Bombay Royale, Sister Selekta, DJ Troublemaker. 5pm to 7pm, City Square.


Melbourne Music starts on Wednesday, 29 September and runs until Sunday, 10 October in venues around Melbourne.

The Victoria Rocks presents Melbourne Music finale concert will be held from 1pm to 4pm on Sunday, 10 October.

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