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Sunset Sounds 2018 - FREE Concert Series

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With Saskwatch, The Bamboos, Hot Potato Band & many more

Make the most of endless Summer evenings with City of Stonnington's Sunset Sounds 2018!

This annual FREE concert series showcases some of Australia's finest award-winning artists and emerging artists in the city's most beautiful parks and gardens.

The exciting line-up this summer includes Saskwatch, The Bamboos, Hot Potato Band, Alexander Biggs, Jazz Party and 30/70. The three free concerts in January will also welcome a number of Melbourne's favourite food trucks, including Dos Diablos, Nem n' Nem, Pizza Wagon, Cab55 and Popstic Ice Cream.

Sunset Sounds is a family-friendly event and a fantastic way to embrace the balmy Sunday evenings this January.

City of Stonnington Mayor Cr Steve Stefanopoulos said the annual free concert series showcases some of Australia's best-emerging talent and established performers in celebration of summer in our City.

"Stonnington has some of the most sensational parks and gardens, and it brings me great joy to see residents and visitors enjoying them" Mayor Stefanopoulos said.

"Pack a picnic basket, and your dancing shoes, and head down for a summers afternoon with some of Australia's finest talent."

Come along to each event; you'll discover new sounds and new tastes and be able to enjoy quality time with your friends and family, and best of all it's FREE!

Guests can expect a wide range of artists, spanning genres and generations, ensuring there's something for everyone.

Kicking off the series on Sunday 7 January will be local six-piece soul outfit, Saskwatch who will serenade the Victoria Gardens, Prahran with their vulnerable yet playful sound. Their fourth studio album 'Manual Override' saw Saskwatch put their twist on contemporary indie-pop, which in combination with their signature horn-heavy soul sound, created a body of work widely acclaimed by fans.

Supporting Saskwatch will be the emotionally tuned, philosophically grounded and melodically captivating Alexander Biggs. The 23 year old just capped off a whirlwind 2017 which saw the release of his debut EP, 'Still You Sharpen Your Teeth' and Rolling Stone magazine labelled him one to watch in their 'Future Is Now' feature.

The second edition of the series, on Sunday 14 January in Central Park, Malvern East, will see a performance from eight-piece powerhouse The Bamboos, who have continually redefined Australian soul music with their unmatched musical evolution. With an impressive five ARIA awards under their belt, The Bamboos are continually ranked among the countries best live bands, perfectly weaving nostalgic influences, embracing new sounds to create a truly unique and enthralling experience. The Bamboos will be joined by the charming and captivating Jazz Party. Self-described 'dirty beatnik rock 'n' roll band who play jazz and soul music', the ensemble's dance freak-outs, are an ode to the rhythm 'n' blues of New Orleans' days past.

Rounding out this year's Sunset Sounds on Sunday 21 January in the Malvern Gardens, is 11-piece group Hot Potato Band, whose unique blend of ska, blues, funk and reggae has given them a significantly distinguishable sound. Having performed at large festivals and street corners alike, Hot Potato Band bring an energy and interaction to every performance that has made them one of the most celebrated stage performing bands in Australia. Joining them are the latest buzz act out of Melbourne, 30/70. Lovingly referred to as a community rather than a band, 30/70's cosmic mélange of boom-bap dynamics, neo-soul harmonies and jazz-funk licks, all tied together by frontwoman Allysha Joy's husky vocal tone, has made them a must-have edition to any festival line-up.

For more information on Sunset Sounds 2018, please visit the City of Stonnington website.


  • Saskwatch featuring Alexander Biggs

    Sunday, 7 January 2018

    Victoria Gardens, Prahran

    5pm - MzRizk DJ set while you settle in

    6pm - Alexander Biggs

    7pm - Saskwatch


  • The Bamboos featuring Jazz Party

    Sunday, 14 January 2018

    Central Park, Malvern East

    5pm - Elle Young DJ set while you settle in

    6pm - Jazz Party

    7pm - The Bamboos


  • Hot Potato Band featuring 30/70

    Sunday, 21 January 2018

    Malvern Gardens, Malvern

    5pm - Emma Peel DJ set while you settle in

    6pm - 30/70

    7pm - Hot Potato Band

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    When: Sunday 7 Jan, Sunday 14 Jan, Sunday 21 Jan
    Where: Victoria Gardens, Prahran; Central Park, Malvern East; Malvern Gardens, Malvern
    Cost: FREE
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