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St Kilda Festival fun starts on Friday

Published 8 February 2024

Jack Howard’s Epic Brass

Can’t wait for St Kilda Festival? We’ve got your pre-Festival fix covered when St Kilda comes alive with live music gigs on the eve of Australia’s biggest free music festival.

St Kilda Live Music Precinct Friday will take place on 16 February with more than 20 venues set to host free live music gigs in a perfect curtain raiser to the beloved St Kilda Festival.

Iconic venues including The Espy, Memo Music Hall, the National Theatre, The Bowlo (St Kilda Sports Club), The Vineyard, 29th Apartment, Freddies and many more will host performances featuring local talent.

Whether it’s the surf guitar sounds of the Vibrajets at the Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron, St Kilda’s take on Nashville country with Keep the Circle Unbroken with Row Jerry Crow at the National Theatre, or the high energy pirate punk of Burn in Hell at The Bowlo, there will be something for every music lover.

Spanning across genres of punk, country, jazz, and surf rock, the Friday night program includes established and emerging acts.

The famous music suburb’s legacy will be celebrated with St Kilda Underground Music Walking Tours with guest co-hosts Freddy Negro and Paul Stewart, and Jack Howard’s Epic Brass celebrating classic St Kilda rock and punk songs of the 70s and 80s at Memo Music Hall.

Some of St Kilda’s most exciting young bands, such as Better than Sex will play at the Vineyard.

Most shows will be free, and others cheap, with performances staggered so audiences can take in as much live music as possible in one night.

The Friday night program will be the warm-up before hundreds of thousands of revellers descend onto the foreshore for a huge weekend of live music and entertainment.

First Peoples First takes place on Saturday (17 February) headlined by renowned neo-soul artist Mo’Ju. Then Big Festival Sunday (18 February) will see popular electronica, hip hop and indie-pop musician, Mallrat, and the much-loved Sydney electronic musical duo Bag Raiders take to the stage.

St Kilda was officially declared a Live Music Precinct last year as a celebrated home of live music. The St Kilda Live Music Precinct is a strong first step in reinforcing St Kilda as a leader of live music locally and across the globe.

St Kilda Live Music Precinct Friday is supported by St Kilda Festival and presented by our Council.

For more information on St Kilda Live Music Precinct Friday including participating venues and acts, visit the St Kilda Festival website.

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