The northern suburb of Melbourne will come alive again in October as the local music community gather to celebrate throughout Preston, Reservoir, Westgarth, Northcote and Thornbury. The annual Darebin Music Feast supported by the City of Darebin will showcase music of all genres as well the artists and industry development opportunities. Locals and visitors can expect over 150 diverse music events running in over 15 venues from 8 to 19 October. You can expect nightly shows including local and touring artists and special performances in popular venues like The Wesley Anne, Northcote Social Club, Bar 303, Open Studio, Tago Mago and Farouks Olive. Here are some of what's waiting in store for you.
Northcote Town Hall will be the venue for a curated programme of ticketed and FREE events involving multi-media platforms and orchestral collaborations associated with Eastern and European cultures. Check out artists projects such as Indian classical music by Tihai3 and the Preston Symphony Orchestra; sing together with the High Street Bells Choir; laugh to Rama Nicholas' critical smash hit of the 2013 Melbourne International Comedy Festival and 2013 Melbourne Fringe Festival; dance to Tania Bosak's original scores of Balkan punk and jazz; drum to the Melbourne Tabla School Concert; go back in time with Sounds of Silent's live jazz to silent movies; listen songs about inner Melbourne, Victoria and it's surrounds from Charles Jenkins & The Amateur Historians and many more.
The streets are alive with the sound of music as street buskers and 3 community stages take over the City of Darebin. Street buskers will ply Darebin's streets enticing passers-by to sing and dance with them. Families can enjoy a musically fun day out at Chalice Feast, co-presented by the Northcote Business Association and the Northcote Uniting Church. Highlights include workshops on percussion music of Bali by Gamelan DanAnda; pop music from Georgia Fields; improvised singing with Circle Singing Melbourne; French a cappella from La La La Chorale Francaise de Melbourne; alternative folk of Melody Moon; choir music from Open Door Singers, and many others. Supported by the Reservoir Village Traders Association and the Preston Traders Association, the Music Feast Buskers & Community Stages will host local, interstate and international travelling artists.
You've heard of musical chairs but that's nothing compared to a musical bike ride around Darebin. Country and folk singer/songwriter Sarah Carroll will take you on a unconventional journey which combines bike riding and song from Reservoir all the way down to Northcote. don't miss Darebin's first ever musical pedal en masse
We singing to the tune of 30 free shows, music workshops and gigs in The Bain Marie festival hub bar alone. Check out the country blues band of Queenslanders The Wilson Pickers; listen to the distinctive sound of country and bluegrass from the Davidson Brothers; boogie down to Pugsley Buzzard's unique brand of piano music; be enthralled by the melodic arrangements of New Zealand's Christopher Coleman Collective; experience the blend of family voices from Louisa, Lucy and Rowena Wise; soar to Ruby Boots' great blues, folk and country rhythms; sway to the 1930's and 1940's jives of jazz, early blues and Latin Americano culture of Mojo Juju; get swept off by punk-inspired country band Cherrywood, and many more.
Victoria's non-profit youth music organisation, 'The Push' is providing more than 20 free industry development sessions with expert panels and practical workshops co-presented with Music Victoria in the Shop Talk programme. Orkeztra Glasso Bashalde, a community orchestra based in Melbourne is hosting a composition competition. Then there's the festival's annual songwriting competition open to musicians of all ages and backgrounds living, working or studying in the City of Darebin. The Darebin Music Feast Songwriters' Award will see finalists battle for the title before a panel of distinguished local musicians and industry representatives at the Grand Final Concert on 19 October.
Don't miss this festival where music brings everyone together. Grab tickets to your favourite shows using the website's 'Quick Guide' before they run out or you'll be singing a sad tune in October.