St Kilda Festival
Time Out says
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 annual 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.
Head along with 400,000 other punters to experience some eclectic live music, dance performances, workshops, carnival rides, food and market stalls, roving entertainment and heaps more. The 2020 line-up has now been revealed – leading the charge this year is longstanding Melbourne band Cash Savage and the Last Drinks plus the soulful Kylie Auldist and rock-heavy Stonefield.
But wait, there's more. Punters will also get the chance to party with Busby Marou, the Black Sorrows, the Kite String Tangle, Yergurl, Horns of Leroy (feat. Thando) and Hot Dub Time Machine.
Finally, there will be a special performance by Icehouse who will be playing the band's debut album, which was released under the band name Flowers. Iva Davies and his band took the stage at the first ever St Kilda Festival back in 1980. This performance will celebrate the event's 40th anniversary.
The New Music Stage at the festival is dedicated to the winners of the New Music Stage competition, aiming to give emerging musicians a platform to perform. This year's winners include Rat!Hammock, Face Face, Juno Disco, Mikhaell, the Hunter Express, Dr Sure's Unusual Practice, Hannah Kate, Messy Mammals, Bad Bangs and Francesca Gonzales. Past winner of the comp have included Baker Boy, Missy Higgins and Client Liaison so it's well worth catching a set, just in case you come across the next big thing.
This huge beachside festival is family-friendly and features a kids' zone complete with roaming and stage performances that will keep the little ones entertained.
Stick around in St Kilda after the festival, when local businesses extend trading hours and host parties until the small hours. Visit the St Kilda Festival website for the full line-up and more information.