St Kilda Festival

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Celebrating its 35th year, the St Kilda Festival – Australia’s largest free music festival – enjoyed an estimated crowd size of around 400,000, with police STKN spoke to on Sunday night describing the partiers as well-behaved. (Alcohol consumption being restricted to specific establishments). Ambulance crews likewise told STKN that the day had been a relatively trouble-free one.

The lineup of entertainment on the foreshore drew large crowds for the likes of ‘The Church’, ‘San Cisco’ and ‘Thundamentals’, among others.

City of Port Phillip Mayor Amanda Stevens said Port Phillip Council was proud to deliver another successful St Kilda Festival program. “The St Kilda Festival continues to attract hundreds of thousands of revellers of all ages and we are proud to showcase the very best local talent and celebrate our culture in our City”, she said.

“The Festival would not be possible without the artists, sponsors, participants, staff and volunteers, as well as the residents and businesses in the City of Port Phillip. We thank everyone for their continued support of this one-of-a-kind community event.” CR Stevens said.

Music lovers enjoyed a wide range of acts across multiple stages throughout St Kilda on Festival Sunday. The addition of the Live N Local village featuring a number of local food traders (and relocation of the Live N Local stage) was a popular hot-spot amongst festival-goers.

The 10th annual Yalukit Wilum Ngargee opened the St Kilda Festival program last Saturday at the O’Donnell Gardens where crowds enjoyed an all-star line-up of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander musicians and artists including singer-songwriter Benny Walker and soul group, The Deans.

During the nine-day celebration, Live N Local hosted emerging artists including Cheeky Goose, Passerine, The Fabric, Beyond Vegas and others, at unique and traditional music venues across St Kilda between Sunday 1 February and Saturday 7 February.

2015 St Kilda Festival production facts and figures:

Across the nine days of the event, the Festival will have employed over 500 musicians – close to 300 of those on Festival Sunday alone.

In addition to musicians, there are more than 150 performers on Festival Sunday – from children’s performers to dancers and everything in between.

The Festival has more than 585 personnel working on site on Festival Sunday.

Close to 3,860m of power cable is required to power the Festival site.

The Festival uses more than 7,000 sqm stage decking.

The Festival required over 2,000 staff hours of security personnel to keep the event safe.

The Festival issues almost 2,500 pieces of individual accreditation.

There are over 100 cleaning staff on site throughout Festival Sunday.

Many thanks to all who contributed.

 By John Kerrens

 

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