Held on the second Sunday in February, along with stilt walkers, notorious Giant Seagulls and roving Ballistix Drummers, the Dancezone will serve up performances, lessons and demos, all during the annual St Kilda Festival. Billed as Australia’s largest free music event, the St Kilda celebration surely is a much needed late summer respite from the weight of the country’s tragic fires. With several stages and more than 60 acts, music is easily the message driving St Kilda.
Besides the workshops, carnival rides, community-focused activities and naturally, the food, attendees can take in just about any type of music at the St Kilda Festival. This year, held on Sun., Feb. 9, 2020, in addition to the Main Stage, with individual concert venues like the O’Donnell Gardens Stage, New Music Stage and Fitzroy Street Stage, among others, a diversity of songs will fill the air. The Kilda concert lineup reads like a cornucopia of musicians and bands. For instance, melodic blues popsters can indulge in the duo Busby Marou, while electro fans enjoy the trappings of The Kite String Tangle. How about some beatbox with Mal Webb and Kylie Morrigan? But that merely is a taste. Headlining the festival is traveling mega DJ, Hot Dub Time Machine.
Down under, St Kilda is a major music and arts event much in the tradition of Coachella, SXSW and Summerfest, typically drawing over 400,000 fun-seeking enthusiasts. Honoring the 40th anniversary of St Kilda, festival goers are invited to wear 1980s clothing at the event’s official dance party. The revelry has something for everyone, including a songwriting collective. No wonder all ages are encouraged to join. The beautiful Port Philip Bay and temperate oceanic climate make a perfect match for such a large outdoor occasion. Perhaps best of all, no tickets are required.
Submissions to perform at the 2021 festival open in August 2020. Note that buskers require a permit.
Photos: Nathan Doran
Artists to perform at the St Kilda Festival 2020:
Mexican Music Man
Cash Savage and The Last Drinks
Mal Webb & Kylie Morrigan
Indigenous Hip Hop Project
The Kite String Tangle
Hot Dub Time Machine
Freya Josephine Hollick
Horns of Leroy featuring Thando
The Black Sorrows
Mama Kin Spender
The Hunter Express
Dr Sure’s Unusual Practice
Zoë Fox & The Rocket Clocks
Vince The Kid
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