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Brunswick Music Festival 2018

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Turning 30 this year, Melbourne's longest running inner-city music festival, Brunswick Music Festival celebrates its birthday from 4-18 March and you're invited. Opening with the ever-popular Sydney Road Street Party on Sunday 4 March 2018, check the program for more details of venues, free and ticketed events and more. Tickets can be bought online via individual event pages or in person from the Festival's box office located at Brunswick Mechanics Institute, the Festival Hub.

You can receive a 15% discount for ticket offers like purchasing 6 or more full price tickets to one show, or two full price tickets to 3 or more shows (minimum 6 tickets) and the discount will apply automatically on checkout. With limited allocations and selected outlets, again, peruse the website. Look out for the printed program guides that have hit the streets. For updates, LIKE the Facebook page or follow them on Instagram.

Featuring both local talent and international artists all spread across Brunswick's iconic music venues, there's a huge selection of diverse and exciting concerts and shows to choose from. For the 2 weeks of the festival, the Brunswick Mechanics Institute will become the Festival Hub as well as a key festival venue, complete with the atmospheric Brunswick Bitter Hub Bar to kick back at.


The Festival Hub will host an array of professional development panels, events and workshops that accompany the live program taking place there. Panels with a local focus will be hosted by the likes of Music Victoria and APRA AMCOS with events like 'Songwriter Speaks' with Ella Hooper (Killing Heidi/solo) and Mojo Juju who'll discuss what it takes to write inspirational music that connects and endures. Along with a Songwriter Masterclass and more, it gives members of the music community an insight into some of Australia's most successful songwriters.

For International Women's Day on Thursday 8 March, the Festival celebrates with a specially commissioned concert, Wild Fearless and Free. Enigmatic and powerful voices of Australia's most evocative singers, songwriters and musos will belt out thought-provoking lyrics, storytelling and the sheer beauty of song in its purest form.


The Festival has its first-ever retrospective that celebrates the sounds of Brunswick, with a special concert, Songs of 3056 on Friday16 March. In a special one-off commissioned performance, Melbourne's finest voices, musicians and songwriters will come together for a mix of songs written by local artists and repertoire performed over the past 30 years of the Festival that shows you why Brunswick is the number one home of songwriters in Australia.

Another first-ever event is the High Tide Pool Party. It'll be a day of music with soul duo Silver Linings and DJ Shio Otani. See synchronised swimming performances by The Easter Sirens as well. Family friendly, it's a fun guaranteed event at Brunswick Baths.


Sydney Road Street Party

One of Melbourne's most highly-trafficked arterials comes to a standstill to make way for a heaving extravaganza of sounds, smells and sights between Union and Victoria street for this opening event. With an epic lineup of 200 artists across six stages, there's music all day along the streets and at Brunswick's legendary local venues like The Brunswick Green, The Brunswick Hotel, The Penny Black, The Retreat Hotel and The Spotted Mallard. Melbourne's biggest street party will celebrate the best of Brunswick, the music, the people and the traders.

An enormously packed program this year, stages will be lit across the board with a bevvy of local support acts, special intimate shows, and an all-star band of Melbourne musicians. There's something to suit everyone, so come along and swing to the sweet sounds of gospel, Latin, soul, gypsy jazz, blues, hip-hop, reggae, folk and rock. Food stalls along the pavement will be cooking up tasty treats, along with market stalls to tempt you with wonderful wares. Wander down to Blak Dot Gallery on the day for their first ever Artists Market, showcasing Kulture, contemporary and customary art practitioners, designers and makers from local Indigenous nations and international Indigenous communities.


Closing Celebration

Music for the People brings the festival to its conclusion on Sunday 18 March from 4-8pm at Shore Reserve, 223 Reynard St, Pascoe Vale South. An afternoon of local music in lush surrounds will be brought to you by headline act Saskwatch, an electrifying nine-piece soul outfit. Other acts include Mighty Duke and the Lords, Cool Out Sun, A.YA and Havana Palava. Amongst them, you'll have calypso goodness, Afro hip hop funksters, Japanese instruments in a Taiko explosion and a rambunctious street band bringing with them great vibes to add to fun times.

Pack a picnic and grab family and friends for a good time. There'll also be wonderful food stalls serving up tasty treats all afternoon if you're not in the mood for a picnic. During the open-air events like this and the Sydney Road Street Party, you can help out by cutting down on single-use plastic water bottles. BYO water bottles and at the street party, you can refill at water stations dotted along the street. All that's left for you to do now is to explore the exciting program and map out all the wonderful events you're going to be at. Proudly presented by Moreland City Council and Festivals Moreland, come on and party!!
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Why? Brunswick Music Festival & Sydney Road Party
When: 4-18 March 2018 / Sunday 4 March - Sydney Road Street party
Where: Various venues, Brunswick, VIC
Cost: Ticketed and free events; see individual entertainment program
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