The 37th St Kilda Festival

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Here in St Kilda we spend a lot of time brooding about our suburb’s future: what will become of the Gatwick, when will the Epsy reopen, what will the Live Nation run Palais be like, could the GH have been saved? There are many questions, and few answers.


If all of St Kilda were to pull out their calendars and mark a day when St Kilda’s otherwise capricious Bohemian spirit comes out full force, it’s the festival Sunday in February. For one day, the residents, the councillors and the visitors can forget what St Kilda has lost and experience that which has endured for 37 years.


This year, the council is expecting 400,000 people to show up. Port Phillip Mayor Bernadene Voss has called the festival “a part of Port Phillip’s DNA”. No alcohol is allowed this year, keeping with the council’s decision of banning it on the beach for New Year’s eve and Australia day. But there will be music, dance, carnival rides, market stalls, and children’s activities, everything played out against the backdrop of St Kilda Beach. The shop owners along Acland St will have a bumper day.


Visitors have been promised “more than 50 of the nation’s hottest musical talents” performing over seven stages (down from ten last year). The festival Main Stage will play host to Drapht, Emma Louise, Archie Roach, The Aston Shuffle (DJ set), The Smith Street Band, Clairy Browne, Daryl Braithwaite and Mitch King (2016 New Music Stage Competition Winner).

You know the drill. Here’s the full line up.

Main Stage Line Up

12:15pm Mitch King

1:15pm Clairy Browne

2:30pm Archie Roach

3:45pm The Smith Street Band

5:00pm Daryl Braithwaite

6:15pm Emma Louise

7:45pm Drapht

9:15pm The Aston Shuffle (DJ Set)


O’Donnell Gardens Stage (18+ only)

11:45am Saatsuma

1:00pm Cleopold

2:15pm Gretta Ray

3:30pm Tiny Little Houses

4:45pm Bec Sandridge

6:00pm The Cactus Channel

7:15pm Polish Club

8:30pm Ecca Vandal


Alfred Square Stage

11:30am Sol Nation

12:45pm The Melbourne Rebetiko Ensemble

2:00pm Spectres of Love

3:15pm Lamine Sonko & The African Intelligence

4:30pm Mau Power

5:45pm Ainslie Wills

7:00pm Woodlock


New Music Stage (18+ only)

11:20am Phia

12:20pm Georgia Mulligan

1:20pm Smoke Rings

2:20pm David Spry

3:20pm Thom Lion & The Tamers

4:20pm WALLACE

5:20pm The Harlots

6:20pm Two Can

7:20pm Sugar Fed Leopards

8:20pm Destrends Produced by Major Partner Media Partners

 Live N Local Stage 11:20am The Vibraphonic Orkestra

12:20pm Wallflower

1:20pm Delsinki Records & Brooke Taylor

2:20pm Aimee Francis

3:20pm That Gold Street Sound

4:20pm thando

5:20pm Horace Bones

6:20pm Ras Jahknow

7:20pm The Hunted Crows

8:20pm Busy Kingdom

 Songwriters Collective 12:00pm Raynard Creegan

12:40pm Damien Van de Geer

1:20pm Jane Sea

2:00pm Mathew Hooler

2:45pm Tim’s myth

3:30pm Samara

4:20pm Jess Hieser

5:10pm Andrew Loadsman

6:00pm Ben Smith Band

 Push Stage 12.00pm Freeza Push Start Competition

4:40pm Hollie Joyce

5:40pm Alex Biggs

6:30pm Birdz

7:20pm Mallrat

8:15pm Bleeding Knees Club

 Kidzone Stage 10.00am Pevan & Sarah

11:00pm Yogabean

12:00pm Dino Train

1:00pm Little Feet Music

1.45pm Dreamworks Movie Trolls

2:30pm The Chipolatas

3:30pm Chanelle Davis

4:15pm Melbourne Tap Dance



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