The St Kilda Festival is the largest annual free music festival in Australia and is a summer highlight on Melbourne’s events calendar
In 2014 the St Kilda Festival will display the diversity of Australian culture, opening on Saturday February 1 with Yalukit Wilum Ngargee: People Place Gathering, and featuring market stalls, food and drink stalls, art displays and workshops.
Intimate Live N Local performances will be held in music venues, retailers and restaurants around St Kilda, with the event culminating on Festival Sunday, where yet-to-be-announced headline acts will perform on the main stage. Here are some other highlights that have been announced.
St Kilda Festival Opening Night: The Yalukit Wilum Ngargee (Saturday February 1)
The Yalukit Wilum Ngargee is the annual celebration of Indigenous culture and the perfect way to welcome punters into the cultural artistic explosion that is the St Kilda Festival. Held in St Kilda’s O’Donnell Gardens, the Yalukit Wilum Ngargee offers something for everyone with an abundance of performances, market stalls and children’s activities available throughout the entire celebration. Now in its eighth year, the Yalukit features an eclectic program of emerging and established Indigenous artists and performers.
This year’s lineup features the soulful blues/roots blend of singer-songwriter Benny Walker, high energy antics from traditional “Manikay” singers, dancers and didgeridoo players Yirrmal and the Yolngu Boys as well as the powerful vocals of jazz singer Crystal Mercy.
4-4.45pm: Benny Walker
5-5.45pm: Yirrmal and the Yolngu Boys
7-7.45pm: Crystal Mercy
Festival Sunday: New Music Stage (Sunday February 9)
In the midst of the Festival Sunday celebrations, a selection of Melbourne’s finest local bands compete on the New Music Stage for the audience’s votes to take home a $5,000 cash prize. Beginning at noon, the line-up includes local favourites Tully on Tully, indie folk duo the Dandens, five-piece brass/electionica outfit the Brow Horn Orchestra and many more.
12-12.30pm: The Dandens
12.50-1.20pm: Velma Grove
1.40-2.10pm: House of Laurence
2.30-3pm: Tully on Tully
3.20-3.50pm: Private Life
4.10-4.40pm: Lester the Fierce
5-5.30pm: Artist Proof
5.50-6.20pm: Ten Thousand
6.40-7.10pm: Brow Horn Orchestra
7.30-8pm: Boys Boys Boys
Festival Sunday: Dancezone (Sunday February 9)
Featuring everything from Bollywood to Zumba, St Kilda’s Sunday festivities leave no stone unturned when it comes to dance. Kicking off at 11am, Festival Sunday’s dance program is shaping up to be a highlight of the Festival’s final day of celebrations.
11am-1pm: Nia Dance & Movement
11.45am-12.15pm: Bindaas Bollywood
2- 2.30pm: Balia Fitness Demo
2.45- 3.15pm: Zumba United (United by Keren)
3.30-4.45pm: Rewind Dance Crew
4.30- 5.30pm: Floor Show &Workshops with Strut Dancers
5.45-6.15pm: Jhoom Bollywood
6.30- 8pm: Tango Butterfly Milonga
Festival Sunday: Kidzone (Sunday February 9)
Festival Sunday is the flagship event of the St Kilda calendar where every aspect of the festival is turned up to 11. It’s no surprise then that Kidzone is offering over 15 different free activities, workshops and performances for the little tykes to enjoy. Entertainment includes music from The Kazoos, the MikMaks, fishing workshops and the opportunity to dance with Humphrey B. Bear.
Festival Sunday: Just added (Sunday February 9)
Trippy electro-pop rockers Art Vs Science will headline the main stage alongside soul and funk group the Bamboos, Mat McHugh from the Beautiful Girls, melodic duo Busby Marou, St Kilda local and Australian luminary Renee Geyer, indie-rock band Kingswood and emerging artist Shaun Kirk. The day will close with a bangin' DJ set from Alison Wonderland. Mean while King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard plays on O’Donnell Gardens Stage and Bob Evans akes on the Alfred Square Stage.
Check out the full Sunday program.