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  1. A band performing on stage at St Kilda Festival
    Photograph: Mackenzie Sweetnam
  2. St Kilda Festival
    Photograph: Mackenzie Sweetnam
  3. A woman throwing her hands up and dancing at St Kilda Festival
    Photograph: Mackenzie Sweetnam
  4. A crowd watching a band play at St Kilda Festival
    Photograph: Mackenzie Sweetnam
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Time Out says

One of Australia’s longest-running free music festivals returns to light up the St Kilda foreshore in 2022

St Kilda has got to be one of the best locations to spend summer in Australia. Great beaches, great restaurants and of course, St Kilda Festival. Now in its 41st year, St Kilda Festival is stretching the fun over nine exciting days, across three easy locations this summer.

St Kilda Festival 2022 returns to Melbourne this February 5 to 13 for another year of free live gigs and all-ages entertainment. The long-running festival has always been a beacon of community and creativity in Melbourne’s summer events program, but after a dreary two years for the local music industry (not to mention the festival sadly being cancelled in 2021), the artists are champing at the bit to get back on stage and performing.

Like everything, this year’s St Kilda Festival might look a smidge different to past iterations, but the core attractions remain unchanged. Guests will still be treated to some of the hottest acts currently in Australia, which this year are playing across multiple stages at O’Donnell Gardens, South Beach Reserve and Catani Gardens.

Artists already locked in to perform include former doctor turned folktronica star Gordi, the meteoric Malyangapa and Barkindji rapper Barkaa, old school rocker Daryl Braithwaite, psychedelic rock outfit the Lazy Eyes and upcoming R'n'B star KYE, among many more. Keep an eye out for the full line-up (released in January 2022) of more than 50 artists to plan what days and locations to attend. 

The final Saturday (February 12) will also incorporate the Yalukut Weelam Ngargee Festival. Usually held in March, this penultimate St Kilda Festival day will be a celebration of First People’s arts and culture, featuring some of the country’s best established and emerging acts.

St Kilda roads will again be closed for the festival. You, your mates, and your family can also get around a range of workshops, kids' entertainment, and market stalls during this enjoyable and community-minded event.

St Kilda Festival 2022 is on from Feb 5 to 13 and is completely free. Visit the website to find out more.

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