melebourne, australia

Nocturnal (special Music Cities Convention edition) at Melbourne Museum

Thursday 19th April 2018

Date: Thursday 19 April, 7pm to 11pm
Venue: Melbourne Museum, 11 Nicholson Street, Carlton
Tickets: All our convention ticket holders receive free admission. Normal tickets cost $35

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Melbourne Museum and Music Cities Convention Melbourne are proud to present a special one-off Nocturnal on Thursday 19 April in celebration of our city's long-standing position as one of the world's best live music cities.  Confirmed acts are the fiery dynamo Ecca Vandal, hip hop powerhouse Birdz, plus DJ Joey Lightbulb(aka The Herald Sun 'Rock City' journalist Mikey Cahill) who'll be spinning a non-stop ode to Melbourne. 

Reflecting industry concerns about equity and access, Nocturnal provides a platform for the best in emerging Australian talent and bonafide stars such as Ecca Vandal, fresh from releasing her debut, self-titled album late last year.  Notably catchy yet aggressive when called to be, this singer / songwriter fearlessly defies genre.  Expect chunky riffs, grimy synth and cutting lyrical poignancy from this feisty rare artist.

The party continues with Indigenous hip hop artist Birdz (aka Nathan Bird, a Butchulla man), taking to the stage to share his story and urge us to look in our own backyards.  Ripe with earnest commentary, Birdz released his debut album Train Of Thought, in 2017 and has performed at BIGSOUND, The Hills Are Alive, St Kilda Festival and Groovin’ The Moo.

Jumpstarting these two performances will be DJ sets from Joey Lightbulb (Mikey Cahill) the moonlighting Hit Journalist and Culture Consultant for The Herald Sun.  Tasked with spinning tracks echoing the heart of Melbourne and armed with turntable prowess, keen wit and deep-rooted passion; this man is sure to represent.  

With one-on-one access to Museums Victoria experts and collection curiosities,Nocturnal guests will be able to explore music behind-the-scenes thanks to  Trish Stokes (Manager, History & Technology Collections) and Hannah Perkins (Collection Manager, History & Technology) who will be sharing gig posters that once graced the walls of Mario’s Café – you know the infamous no-bookings policy, Jerry Seinfeld snub, Brunswick Street institution?  Nick Crotty (Collection Manager, History & Technology at Scienceworks) dusts off from the store the first commercially available synthesizer.  Demonstrating via a model used by Mike Hugg of Manfred Mann fame, this incredible device introduced sound sampling to the world and was made in Australia in 1979.

Indigenous Cosplayers, Heidi Brooks and Cienan Muri will also be on hand to discuss the burgeoning realm of comic imagining from a First Nation perspective and Sione Francis (Collection Manager, Indigenous Collections) will talk about island strumming through the history of the Ukulele in Australia and the wider Pacific.  Generously, Sione will also have on display his father’s 1969 Custom-Built, Rosewood and Mahogany, Maton Concert Ukulele, crafted by Bill May, the founder of Maton Guitars and an expert Luthier. 

Elizabeth McCartney (Senior Conservator) revealing the innards of the Cole’s Book Arcade symphonion, a 19th century coin-activated clockwork music player.  Plus Nocturnal guests will directly understand Jane Melville’s (Curator, Herpetology & Terrestrial Environments) research on Australian Frog Choruses, with Museums Victoria’s Live Exhibits Team spotlighting the musical species