The Australasian Worldwide Music Expo is coming back to Melbourne this November. A spectacular international and local line-up of around 50 global roots artists will take over venues throughout the city for four days and nights. More than a music festival, the AWME is also a conference where you’ll get the chance to hear from approximately 500 high profile music industry professionals working in all areas of the industry. Make sure you check the music programme, as well as the conference page and film programme for further announcements.
In the meantime, here's Festival Director and Programmer Simon Raynor on which shows to catch if...
...you love ska & reggae
AWME has been showcasing the best global roots music for six years and we’re very excited to have Melbourne’s own mighty Melbourne Ska Orchestra headlining this year's Saturday night. Their original tunes are a throwback to the classic era of ’50s and ’60s ska. With over 20 horn players on the stage, this is set to be one of the biggest shows at AWME this year. With supports from Vanuatu reggae heavyweights Stan & the Earth Force and Brisbane’s finest Afro-reggae stars Kooii, this promises to be an amazing night for reggae lovers. The Hi-Fi, Sat Nov 16, 7.30pm. $35.50.
...you love the blues
Jeff Lang has earned worldwide acclaim as a virtuoso guitarist, a dynamic songwriter and a startlingly unique live performer. Crafting songs as a novella – rich with depth and vision, yet with an open breath for individual interpretation. A singularly unique performer in our world and a must see for those interested in Australian blues. Catch Jeff Lang with Indigenous trailblazer Stephen Pigram. Arts Centre Melbourne, Fri Nov 15.
...you love soul
Indigenous artist Emma Donovan is well known through her work with the Black Arm Band and her solo work, however fronting Australia’s premier funk outfit the Putbacks she delivers original, authentic soul music for your feet, body and spirit. This is soul music as it’s meant be: raw and uncut with real sounds and real attitude. Lounge, Sun Nov 17.
...you’re a groover
If you love funk and soul then the final show at AWME will be right up your ally. The Public Opinion Afro Orchestra, deliver a homespun version of contemporary Afrobeat. Together with Melbourne’s funk and soul merchants the Cactus Channel, Ethio-soul outfit Dereb the Ambassador and the mysterious Afro-soul of the Shaolin Afronauts this promises to be a massive Afro, funk and soul party to close AWME this year. Sun Nov 17.
...you like a bit of everything
In Melbourne for one night only, New Zealand’s Sola Rosa produce genre-splitting music; successfully melding hip-hop, reggae, jazz, Latin, soul and funk. Sola Rosa are not crossing the Tasman alone, they’ll be hitting the Hi-Fi with the soulful Hollie Smith, the shooting stars of Kiwi reggae Sons of Zion, the velveteen voice of Mark Vanilau and a cappella group Whiru Tū Aka. The Hi-Fi, Fri Nov 15.
More line-up stars...
Melbourne Ska Orchestra, Hollie Smith, Sola Rosa, Stephen Pigram, Damien Dempsey, the Cambodian Space Project, Dereb the Ambassador, Coloured Stone, Knox, the Orbweavers, the Putbacks with Emma Donovan, Grizzly Jim Lawrie, Impossible Odds, Whiri Tu Aka, Stan & the Earth Force, Slip on Stereo, Maya Kamaty and Tjupurru.