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At long last, the St Kilda Festival is finally back! Over Sat 5 to Sun 13 Feb enjoy 9 days of live music and entertainment! Australia's most beloved Music Festival, it'll look a little different but continues the focus on some of the nation's best musicians over multiple stages, including satellite activations and online events. Showcased will be First Peoples talent throughout the 9 day format. Presented by the City of Port Phillip the Festival covers three high-profile St Kilda locations. O'Donnell Gardens and Acland Street, South Beach Reserve at the iconic foreshore and Catani Gardens and Fitzroy Streets. If you're a resident in St Kilda, you just might want to find out about road closures here.

St Kilda Festival's diverse program features live Australian music, dance performances, workshops, sports demonstrations, community group activities, food and market stalls, extended business trading, roving entertainment and a dedicated family-friendly stage. Why not sign up to receive the latest St Kilda Fest news. Get all the FAQs here.


Amongst an amazing stage and performances lineup, the wonderful finalists of the New Music Competition will be featured. From hundreds of entries from around Victoria, successful acts were selected and invited to perform live at St Kilda venue Memo Music Hall prior to the festival and their performances were filmed. It'll be available for viewing in full on the website from 5-20 February. The regular festival program reads like a 'whos-who' of Australian well known and upcoming performers.

Could you really walk past the iconic Archie Roach on the Foreshore Stage, with Baker Boy, Daryl Braithwaite, Emma Donovan and the Putbacks, and Benny Walker also sharing the same stage on different days, alongside many others! This is a music festival after all.


Sat 5 February 11am to 9.30pm is when O'Donnell Gardens Stage and Acland Street kicks off from day-to-night with an exciting blend of live acts with everything from soul to psych, from rock to pop, complete with the iconic backdrop of canary palms and Luna Park. Expect a buzzy mix of young, exciting artists that are sure to satisfy your summer tastebuds, along with DJ Sets from PET$ and Shaad.
Wed 9 Feb 5-9pm brings the Foreshore Stage, South Beach Reserve alive with a feel-good bang and a live music program that reflects the importance of reconnecting with community and celebrating after the huge challenges faced over the past few years. Jordan Dennis, Mo'Ju, Shannen James and The Bamboos dominate with DJ sets from Big Rig. Celebrate the end of summer and get ready to move forward into the unknowns of 2022
Thu 10 Feb 5-10pm also on the Foreshore stage are the big hitters like Daryl Braithwaite, Emma Donovan & The Putbacks, Gordi and Romero with DJ sets from Soju Gang. This is a lineup of diverse, strong voices that span the generations from early rocker footsteps to Australian icons.
Fri 11 Feb 4-10pm brings Ashwarya, Baker Boy, Franko Gonzo, Jalmar, Pricie, and Tseba to the Foreshore stage, with DJ sets from dj pgz. What better way to head into the weekend with an end-of-week, beach-side, live music extravaganza. Be prepared to dance to latin infused hip-hop, jazzy soul, electronic pop, and a DJ set of festival-ready bangers to end the night. Watch the sun set over the water and think about how you want to move forward in the world. What does your future look like?


Sat 12 Feb 1-8pm brings Archie Roach, Benny Walker, Chasing Ghosts, IZY, Kee'ahn and The Merindas to the Foreshore stage. The festival is proud to present the Yaluk-ut Weelam Ngargee First People's Showcase. Yaluk-ut Weelam Ngargee has a long and proud history spanning over 20 years in St Kilda and was created in response to a community need for an event that promoted local Indigenous culture and celebrated local Indigenous artists. It'll be a mix of long-established artists, beautifully complemented by the next generation of young and emerging First People's musical talent.
Sun 13 Feb 10am-9pm is the final day of the festival as it peaks in an all-out mix of live music, community activities, dedicated entertainment, roving performers, and market stalls. With a kaleidoscope of activity in-store, there's sure to be something that catches your eye, ear, or imagination. Catani Gardens will play host to two stages of eclectic live music and family-friendly entertainment. The Street Stage showcases diverse and varied emerging talent from across Victoria. From off-kilter alt-country to a Drag Queen DJ Duo, this stage provides an eclectic array of energetic and entertaining live music. Much like a party mix, there will be something for everyone. The Beach Stage will kick off with family entertainment for the youngest festival-goers featuring dance, circus, music and a mini rave for the minis. The Festival has once again partnered with youth music organisation The Push who have programmed five incredible acts for our all-ages festival-goers to enjoy.


Be sure to check out the Festival Maps for locations of your favourite stages; then you have the unenviable task of running from stage to stage to not miss out on your chosen performances to watch. Start combing the program and get your itinerary all set out for a seamless jaunt to the shows you're after, without breaking a sweat.

A free event, it's an understatement to say it's going to be crowded. Plus take note of the changes. Instead of a 1 day celebration, it'll be spread across 9 days. It also incorporates the Yaluk-ut Weelam Ngargee: First People's Arts and Culture showcase, which will take place on Saturday 12 February 2022 at South Beach Reserve. The iconic locations will operate on different days. Sat 5 and Sun 13 Feb is open to all audiences of all ages with no entry requirements, but you are encouraged to check in on arrival. The Foreshore Stage at South Beach Reserve on Wed, Thu, Fri and Sat is a fenced precinct. Entry is free and all ages, however, admittance will require checking in with proof of COVID-19 vaccination, as per State government guidelines. There will also be capacity requirements within the site. Entry is not guaranteed.

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Why? St Kilda Festival 2022
When: 5-13 Feb 2022
Where: St Kilda, VIC
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