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WIN Tickets For A Special Nocturnal Event For The 2018 Music Cities Convention

April 5, 2018

Melbourne Museum and Music Cities Convention are proud to present a special one-off Nocturnal on Thursday 19th April in celebration of our city’s long-standing position as one of the world’s best live music cities.

Featuring the fiery dynamo Ecca Vandal, hip hop powerhouse, Birdz, plus DJ Joey Lightbulb (aka. ‘Rock City’ Herald Sun journalist, Mikey Cahill) who’ll be spinning a non-stop ode to Melbourne.

Attended by worldwide music industry leaders as part of the 2018 Music Cities Convention by Sound Diplomacy for the first time in the southern hemisphere. Melbourne Museum’s, Nocturnal are honoured to host as one of our city’s most unique and dynamic live music spaces.

The Music Cities Convention is home to an ideas hub of best practices on the use of music – and all its variants – to improve city life. The convention explores the topics of the role and impact of music across education, employment, community building, placemaking, licensing and regulation.

The Artists

The best emerging, up-and-coming Australian talents have struck up stage here in the past, and now bonafide starts such as Ecca Vandal will join the list. Fresh from releasing her debut, self-titled album late last year, her notably catchy yet aggressive style will be sure to get your head bopping to chunky riffs, grimy synth and cutting lyrical poignancy.

The party continues with Indigenous hip hop artist, Birdz (aka Nathan Bird, a Butchullaman), 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 Herald Sun. Tasked with spinning tracks echoing the heart of Melbourne and armed with turntable prowess, mean wit and deep-rooted passion; this man is sure to represent.

“We are thrilled to showcase Nocturnal as part of the Music Cities Convention. Much like the convention itself, Nocturnal celebrates Melbourne pride for music culture and represents the intersection of live music, innovation and discovery.” says Lynley Marshall, CEO, Museums Victoria.

“We love that Nocturnal and Melbourne Museum have been recognised and embraced as an outstanding event and venue for live music.”

Music Cities Conventions have encouraged best music practices and new ways of thinking across education, employment, urban planning, licensing and regulation since 2015. With past events held in Brighton (UK), Washington, Berlin and Memphis, Melbourne’s hosting of this year’s event is a global salute to our city’s status as an indisputable destination for ‘all things’ music and industry development.

”Hosting the first Music Cities Convention ever held in the southern hemisphere is a massive opportunity for Victoria to be able to exchange the best ideas about how a city can support music, and a great way to show off Melbourne’s unique live music offerings, such as Nocturnal, to influential interstate and international delegates.’’ says Patrick Donovan, CEO, Music Victoria.

What You Can Expect

Museums Victoria experts and collection curiosities will be on-floor to gives Nocturnal guests the chance to be able to explore music behind-the-scenes, thanks to Trish Stokes (Manager, History & Technology Collections) and Hannah Perkins (Collection Manager, History & Technology). They will be sharing gig posters that once graced the walls of Mario’s Café – the notorious no-bookings policy, Jerry Seinfeld snub of Brunswick Street.

Institution? Nick Crotty (Collection Manager, History & Technology at Scienceworks) will be dusting off 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. 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.

Also open late for guests to check out is Vikings: Beyond the Legend, an exhibition from the Swedish History Museum in Stockholm which features more than 450 original artefacts telling the true story of these often-misunderstood Scandinavian celebrities. Pick up a ticket when you purchase your early bird Nocturnal ticket from the Melbourne Museum website.


We’ve teamed up with Melbourne Museum and Music Cities Convention to offer 5 lucky winners a double pass to the 2018 Music Cities Edition Nocturnal event!

The prize will entitle the winners to entry to the Melbourne Museum to see Ecca Vandal, Birdz and DJ Joey LightBulb on Thursday 19 April from 7pm to 11pm.

To enter all you need is an Instagram and willpower! Simply click here and follow the rules. The more friends you tag, the more entries you get!
(The giveaway does not extend to any of the talks / lectures / presentations being held during the day on 19 & 20 April. Nor does it include tickets to Vikings: Beyond the Legend. No giveaway accounts will be considered) 

Book Here

For more information, go to musiccitiesconvention.com to view the Melbourne program and book any sessions.

To book tickets for this special Nocturnal event, go to https://museumsvictoria.com.au/melbournemuseum/whats-on/nocturnal-music-cities-edition/

Music Cities Edition Nocturnal Event 

Thursday 19th April 2018 

7pm – 11pm 

Melbourne Museum, 

11 Nicholson Street, Carlton 


Feature Image Credit: Melbourne Museum, Nocturnal 

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