Nocturnal Hits the World Stage as part of Music Cities Convention

Special edition Nocturnal features Ecca Vandal and Birdz, plus DJ Joey Lightbulb on Thursday 19 April

Nocturnal, Thursday 19 April, Melbourne Museum. Tickets on sale now

Ecca Vandal

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. Tickets are now on sale to catch the fiery dynamo Ecca Vandal, hip hop powerhouse Birdz, plus DJ Joey Lightbulb (aka Herald Sun 'Rock City' journalist Mikey Cahill) who'll be spinning a non-stop ode to Melbourne.

This special Nocturnal will be 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. Chosen as one of our city's most unique and dynamic live music spaces, Melbourne Museum and Nocturnal are honoured to play host.

Driven by the mantra '(m)usic, in all its forms makes, cities better', Music Cities Conventions identified Melbourne Museum’s Nocturnal specifically as a prime example of creatives working together from across various industries, to transform an unexpected space into a live performance venue. Blending inquisitive minds with music, gallery exploration and collection objects; past Nocturnals have hosted artists such Dorsel Fins, Gold Class, RVG, Jess Cornelius, Billy Davies and The Good Lords, NO ZU, Kllo, Fortunes, Lossless, Jordie Lane and Total Giovanni just to name just a few.

Reflecting industry concerns about equity and access, Nocturnal provides a platform for the best in emerging Australian talent and bona fide 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.

Jump-starting 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.

Lynley Marshall, CEO, Museums Victoria said, "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. We love that Nocturnal and Melbourne Museum have been recognised and embraced as an outstanding event and venue for live music."

Since 2015, Music Cities Conventions have encouraged best music practices and new ways of thinking across education, employment, urban planning, licensing and regulation. 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.

Patrick Donovan, CEO, Music Victoria said, ''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."

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 - take a look at this YouTube video for a sneak peek.

Open late for the occasion, revellers can head downstairs to visit 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.
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.

Lynley Marshall added, "Museums Victoria houses a state collection of more than 17 million objects, including many which tell intriguing stories of Melbourne's musical history. This special Nocturnal is a wonderful opportunity to take some of these items and stories out from behind closed doors and share them with music fans."

Elizabeth McCartney (Senior Conservator) will reveal 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.

Nocturnal Music Cities Edition, Thursday 19 April, 7pm to 11pm, Melbourne Museum
Tickets: Early Bird $25 / On the Door $35
Nocturnal + Vikings - Early Bird $53 / On the Door $63
Discounts for concessions.

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