St Kilda Festival

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This one-day celebration of Aussie talent is always a February highlight

The only thing better than a music festival is a free music festival. The St Kilda Festival happens to be Australia's largest free music festival, showcasing the best of homegrown talent against the glorious natural backdrop of the St Kilda foreshore. 

During this year's festival the Cat Empire, the Preatures, DZ Deathrays, Saskwatch, Troy Cassar-Daley, Mojo Juju and more will be hitting the stage on February 10 (that's the day after Laneway for anyone thinking of making a weekend of it). 

The huge beachside festival is family friendly and features a kids' zone complete with roaming and stage performances that will keep the little ones entertained. Classic Aussie band Regurgitator will also be bringing their Pogogo Kids Show, plus there's also a swag of carnival rides, market stalls and food trucks on hand.

If you're taking a break from the tunes there's lots to keep yourself occupied. Have fun running and bouncing into your mates with a round of bubble soccer, try out Bollywood dancing, watch some mediaeval combat, take a selfie in front of the Interflora Flower Wall or grab something yummy from the Hare Krishna Food Fest (it's vegan!).

With so much happening throughout the 12-hour festival it can be hard to know where to start. We recommend starting your day at 9.30am with disco yoga at the main stage before grabbing a coffee from a café on Acland Street. Those into indie-pop should check out Nat Vazer on the Fitzroy Street Stage at 11.20am, or if you prefer rap head to Alfred Square Stage at 11.30am to see Oetha perform. 

Grab lunch from a market stall, stop to pat a greyhound at Amazing Greys and then enjoy an arvo of music with punk bank Slim Jeffries (Fitzroy Street Stage, 1.20pm), country legend Troy Cassar-Daley (Main Stage, 3.45pm) and Estère (O'Donnell Garden Stage, 2.15pm) who formed her own unique genre called 'electric blue witch-hop'.

At night is when many of the big names shine. You can't go wrong with the Preatures (Main Stage, 6.15pm) or the Cat Empire (Main Stage, 7.45pm), but for something different and just as booty-shaking go see the Merindas (New Music Stage, 7.20pm) or Two People (Fitzroy Street Stage, 8.20pm).

Stick around in St Kilda after the festival, when local businesses extend trading hours and host parties until the small hours.

Check out the full line-up below:

DZ Deathrays
The Cat Empire
The Preatures
Saskwatch
Troy Cassar-Daley
Mojo Juju
The Northern Folk
Regurgitator's Pogogo Kids Show
Adalita
DRMNGOW
Two People
Dance Party
Ceres
Dance Party
Slum Sociable
Haiku Hands
Olympia
Estère
Tasman Keith
The Seven Ups
Ukelele Death Squad
Dallas Frasca
Arte Kanela Flamenco
Vardos
Wala
Oetha
IV League
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The Merindas
Daniel Elia
Tanya George
Bernadette Novembre
Slim Jeffries
Lubulwa
Nat Vazer
Slowly Slowly
Nancie Schipper
P-Unique
Yergurl

By: Time Out editors

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