Australia's largest FREE music festival celebrates 40 years this year. Needing no introduction with over 400,000 attendees each year, the St Kilda Festival takes place on Sunday 9 February 2020 from 10am to 10pm all along Acland Street, The Esplanade and the Foreshore, St Kilda. Join in Australia's biggest celebration of summer that showcases Australian artists and talent and much more. Look out for a very special Anniversary Guest.
The full lineup of artists has arrived and you can keep up with the latest news on The Festival's Facebook page and Instagram. Get all the FAQs HERE. They're not expecting to be announcing their lineup this year at a time where so much of the country is in crisis. You are urged to donate to the relief effort if you haven't yet, and you'll find a list of organisations doing great work HERE.
Alongside the music programming, St Kilda Festival is renown for running a program of other activities for visitors to enjoy. Walk along the beach and you'll find volleyball and fishing competitions; plus craft workshops, parades and dance demonstrations. Walk along The Esplanade and you'll find a full lineup of market stalls alongside freebie samples (usually drinks) and other current programs on show eg Married at First Sight last year. Entertainment at The Festival spans far and wide and there's no doubt it has helped launch the careers of numerous Australian musicians.
The music program is so diverse and covers Garage-Rock, Glam-Pop, Pop, Rock, Hip-Hop, Family-Friendly, Groove, Soul, Blues,Roots, Indigenous, Alternative, Post Punk, Punk, Electronic, Rock'n'Roll, Indie, Electric, Cosmic Country, African Pop, World, Jazz, New Orleans, Disco, Electro, Dance, R&B, Afro-Beat, Funk, Reggae Salsa, Boogie, Beatboxing, Instrumental, Psych-Pop, RNB, Mexican, Rap, Acoustic, Folk, Psychedelic, Psych Rock, and Country. A good time to expand your repertoire of music genres.
The popular New Music Stage returns with a stellar musical lineup. Ten of the nation's hottest emerging acts will battle it out for your vote, with the crowd favourite walking away with $5000 cash and an invite to play the Main Stage at next year's Festival. You'll see the top ten finalists who have already beaten hundreds of applicants for a spot on the stage so be there to participate in crowning the ultimate winner. You decide!
The Push Stage located near the beach in Rotary Park is a Victorian non-profit youth music organisation who through a wide range of music-related programs, aim to educate, entertain, inspire and empower young people. Head on down to support them from 12pm to 8.45pm and check HERE for the lineup featuring Surf Trash (3 pce rock band from Newcastle), Alice Skye (Wergaia woman & universal lil sister), Merpire (macabre dream-pop group), POOKIE (hard hitting bass & soul vibrating rhythms), Boler Mani (17yr old that's highkey in love with speaking rhythmically), Vince The Kid (rising star of the Australian hip-hop community) plus local programming from the FReeZA teams at City of Port Phillip, City of Stonnington and City of Kingston.
The Songwriter's Collective Stage will be teeming with a group of original singer-songwriters selected for their unique musicianship, and passionate self-expression from 12.30pm to 7.30pm. Like every year, there's a diverse range of acts from upbeat bands to heartfelt soul tunes. Be captured by each performer's epic talent, and check out the lineup here.
Little Catani hints at entertainment for the little ones at the Catani Gardens. The space will be transformed into a wonderland of FREE fun and entertainment for the whole family. This is a dedicated children's festival space filled with family-friendly entertainment, roving performers, face painting, a children's carnival, plus interactive activities and workshops for the young, and young at heart plus delicious food on-site to keep you going all day. There's something for everyone including The Haploids, BUMPY, Pirritu Music, Indigenous HIP HOP Projects, Mal Webb and Kylie Morrigan, Uptown Brown, Mexican Music Man and an active start to the day with Yogabean!
Comb the website for all artists, or artists by stage. With so much talent and good performances going on, it's going to be a hard ask to divide yourself between Alfred Square Stage, Fitzroy Street Stage, Little Catani, Main Stage, New Music Stage, O'Donnell Gardens Stage, Songwriters Collective Stage and The Push Stage. Pick your favourites, the tried and true or experience something new. It's all there for your entertainment.
Don't miss out on the plethora of activities and entertainment either! From drummers to circus performers, belly dancing, Bollywood dance workshops, bubble soccer, dance city, dancing with the stars and a whole lot more, there's plenty to choose from. Get busy making yourself an itinerary and listing all your favourites and must-do events you don't want to miss out on. Good luck with fitting it all in! Luckily Acland street has a lot of eateries to stave the hunger and quench the thirst to keep you energised for a full day of fun!