The annual celebration of Aussie and local musical talent returns for its 25th year
Every year since 1980, St Kilda Festival has been a giant celebration of Aussie and local musical talent. It's also a good excuse for a beverage with your mates. A lot of the St Kilda main drag shuts down to open things up for food stalls and concerts at a heap of locations. The 2015 festival also includes circus, workshops, comedy and visual arts, so there's something for everyone and its free: win, win. We learned this the hard way – wear sunscreen and sensible shoes.
The first line-up announcement is: award-winning electronic duo Audego, Torres Strait rapper Mau Power and Melbourne-based indie dance band I Know the Chief; as well as Murdena, Forest Falls, Simone and Girlfunkle, Better Than the Wizards, Echo Drama, Jude Perl and The D.Y.E.. Expect about 100 more acts to be announced!
The Festival will officially kick off on the Saturday with outdoor Indigenous festival Yalukit Wilum Ngargee: People Place Gathering, with acts including Benny Walker and soul group The Deans.
From Sunday 1 to Saturday 7, the Live N Local program will host local talent, including indie pop group Belle Roscoe, roots, rock and reggae group Centre and the South, and nine-piece soul band The Fabric.
Festival Sunday is the biggest event on the calendar, with big international acts and family orientated activities – including the annual Children's Fishing Workshop, face painting and the Hare Krishna Parade. The Main Stage will have sets from Thundamentals, Emma Donovan and the Putbacks; Russell Morris; Hot Dub Time Machine, the Basics, San Cisco and the Church.The Garden Stage will host Remi, DMA's, Chelsea Wilson, Japanese Wallpaper, Jimblah, Banoffee and the Delta Riggs. Over on the Alfred Square Stage there's Benny Walker, the Pierce Brothers, Jen Cloher, and the Public Opinion Afro Orchestra.