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A Sunday serve of music, microbreweries, Mambo & Mushroom
It may surprise you to know that the National Gallery of Victoria isn't all about art — well, not just the painting, drawing, lithograph, installation and sculpture kind of art. Music is also art, and February will see NGV International play host to a great line-up of some of Australia's best musicians and performers for a month of 'mini music festivals' for Summer Sundays at NGV. What better way to chill out on a hot Melbourne Sunday afternoon?
Happy crowds at last year's Summer Sundays. Image from NGV website.
When the players, linespeople and ballkids have all gone home and the last of the tennis equipment has been packed away at Melbourne Park you won't need to look far or wait long for your next fix of Melbourne entertainment. In true Australian summer festival style the garden at NGV International will be transformed with entertainers, tents, food, drinks and art.
NGV has partnered with the iconic Mushroom Group to highlight Australian grown musical entertainment, most of it born and raised in Melbourne, in a casual and convivial atmosphere. Also featured will be artworks from another Australian favourite - Mambo, who feature in one of NGV Australia's current exhibitions, Mambo - 30 Years of Shelf Indulgence.
Lanie Lane headlines the first Summer Sunday for 2015. Image from NGV website.
Summer Sunday Sessions will kick off on Sunday 1st February and continue on 8, 15 and 22 February. The sessions run from 1pm to 7pm and entry is FREE. They will be held in the Grollo Equiset Garden. You can be kept fully fuelled with burgers from Huxtaburger and drinks from a range of microbreweries.
Keep an eye out for Australian music industry legend, Michael Gudinski, Chairman of the Mushroom Group. He describes NGV Summer Sundays as "a fantastic initiative to showcase homegrown Australian artists in a creative hub." He also says that he's "looking forward to kicking back with a beer and a burger in The Garden come February."
Husky will appear on Sunday 15 February. Image from NGV website.
Here is the talented line-up:
Sunday 1 February - highly acclaimed blues songstress Lanie Lane (whose debut album To The Horses went Gold); young singer-songwriter Melody Pool (debut album The Hurting Scene); and the British India DJs
Sunday 8 February - festival favourites World's End Press; Melbourne duo Slum Sociable (whose work is described as 'low fi, washed out jazz hop); and I Oh You DJs
Sunday 15 February - former Triple J Unearthed winners, independent band Husky; Queensland foursome The Creases; and Mushroom DJs
Sunday 22 February - sophisticated six piece Alpine; Kagu (aka Sean Heathcliff, formerly of Snakadaktal fame; and Clubfeet DJs
Local group, Alpine, will headline on Sunday 22 February. Image from NGV website.