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Can St Kilda keep its cool?

Since World War II, St Kilda has had a reputation as a seedy, bayside funhouse, in which artists and degenerates could flourish. With many of its grand old venues replaced by high-rise apartments and hotels, will developers inch out the last true locals? Or can efforts by the Port Phillip City Council reach a compromise?

History of St Kilda

A combustible combination of sailors, prostitutes and drag queens was the basis for a flourishing scene of artists and musicians.

Who killed the music scene?

Did it die? Did it even exist? There are some wildly differing opinions on the subject.

Developed to death

Noise annoys, as the Buzzcocks once decreed, particularly if you’re a resident living next door to a St Kilda venue.

Scene but not heard

These venues live on only in the memories of those who frequented them.

Where to eat in St Kilda

One scene that benefits from rapid change is the food scene, which in St Kilda, is really pushing boundaries.


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