Sunday 1 to Sunday 8 February 2015
The St Kilda Festival has announced the line-up for its Live N Local program, which sees St Kilda’s renowned music venues, restaurants and shops open their doors to host intimate gigs from the local area’s best talent.
The popular Live N Local program runs for a week between Sunday 1 February and Saturday 7 February 2015 and will see 62 performances and 56 bands across 22 St Kilda Venues.
City of Port Phillip Mayor, Cr Amanda Stevens, said Live N Local highlights what Melbournians know and love of St Kilda.
“St Kilda has long been loved by Australia for its local talent – be that our musicians and artists, our restaurants, bars and cafes, or our physical places. Live N Local brings all of these together for one stellar week where St Kilda shines, and an invitation for everyone to return to St Kilda all year round.”
Festival Producer Adele Denison said the Live N Local program provides a unique opportunity for people to see new and exciting talent.
“Live N Local offers upcoming music for a whole week across some of St Kilda’s popular and unique venues giving music lovers the chance to see Melbourne’s best emerging talent,” Ms Denison said.
The Live N Local program will close on Festival Sunday, with a dedicated Live N Local Village hosting an array of local traders as well as local acts onstage including; Since We Kissed, Snake Eyed Rollers, O’Ziriguidum, Centre & The South, Belle Roscoe, Halcyon Drive, Straylove, PASSERINE and The Fabric.
Live N Local officially kicks off on Sunday 1 February with highlight acts including catchy folk pop duo Cheeky Goose at Big Mouth, multi-awarding winning quartet DASH at the Prince of Wales, and a selection of artists playing a picnic gig at Linden Gardens throughout the afternoon.
On Monday 2 February the St Kilda beaches will come alive with waterside performances by the Funkalleros at Republica, funk band BLT’s at West Beach Bathers Pavilion and joining the two in the middle at Catani Gardens will be the African Star Dance and Drumming Company.
Bands will feature in unusual places on Tuesday 3 February with singer-songwriter Sara Jane headlining at Bay City Burrito, new wave indie pop group Belle Roscoe at Readings Bookstore, South American influenced Altija in St Kilda retail space Eclectico and Monarch’s Laneway will seeCheeky Goose return for their second gig.
Ramping up the action on Wednesday 4 February St Kilda will host a total of 15 gigs including the five-piece punk-rock unit Admit-One, progressive blues-rock band The Ugly Kings and the highly praised Soul Safari who have been making waves across Australia in recent months.
St Kilda’s iconic music venues will be honoured on Thursday 5 February with Brooklyn’s Finest and Dear Plastic playing back to back at The Esplanade Hotel, The Vineyard hosting singer-songwriter Craig Johnston (Delsinki Records) and nine-piece ensemble De La Calle will perform contemporary Cumbia tunes in Monarch’s Laneway.
On Friday 6 February the action will feature largely in Fitzroy Street with Cushion Lounge hosting young Melbourne MC Sinks, pop band Karen Moreno playing at Laika and the talented and captivating Georgina Ward will perform at Metropol.
The Live N Local program of the St Kilda Festival will near a close on Saturday 7 February with acoustic singer-songwriter Glenn Musto performing an afternoon gig at the St Kilda Branch on Barkly Street and five-piece band Jaspora at Eclectico in the evening.
Established and aspiring artists are invited to attend a free musician development day on Saturday 7 February at The Prince Bandroom, presented by APRA Amcos. Music experts will share their knowledge and wisdom in navigating the music business over a number of sessions, this year focusing on songwriting, creating an album and independent labels.
The St Kilda Festival is on from Saturday 31 January to Sunday 8 February 2015. For further information please visit www.stkildafestival.com.au. The St Kilda Festival is produced and presented by the City of Port Phillip.