You’re in for a SWELL time at The Espy

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The iconic Espy is offering a contemporary program of live and experiential art in a classic pub setting, a true Melbourne first.

As a burgeoning cultural hub, The Espy not only offers some of this city’s best dining, bars and live music but also a diverse and progressive arts program.  From the beginning of summer, Espy Arts have been quietly experimenting running sold out shows and experiences. This month, Swell 4.0 – Music as Medicine officially launches Espy Arts

“This will be the first time in the history of the Espy that audiences will be able to explore all five levels of the Espy through an immersive live art experience,” says Janenne Willis, the artist and maker behind Swell. If that alone is not enough to provoke your curiosity, then add the fact that this show reimagines the future of live music, inside one of Melbourne’s most iconic live music institutions.

This edition of Swell is the fourth in the series. Each edition is site specific, drawing themes from the location to create a never-before-felt-experience. “Swell 4.0 investigates the possibilities of music as medicine.” Willis says. Get set to be sensory loaded.

Swell is a two-hour live art experience that invites the audience, to choose-their-own-adventure through multiple reimagined live music experiences and interactive installations. It’s intimate, surprising and oozes adventure. No headliners and support acts. No stage and audience set up. No hard and fast rules for what you might discover. 

A journey through a weird and wonderful world of music-meets-art encounters inside never before seen parts of this iconic live music institution. 

Some really incredible artists will be performing in ways you’ve never seen before and will never experience again – all exploring the theme Music as Medicine. Collaborating artists include The General Assembly, Naretha Williams, Edd Fisher (Waxo Paradiso), Loose Tooth, Go Get Mum, Nick Acquroff (n.y.c.k) + Hayden Calnin, David Sauvage (NYC) and others.   

It doesn’t end there, audiences get to be the artist in an open jam session with strangers. An experience that invites them to participate in playing more music regardless of ability.

“It poses the question of why we’re happy to play sport socially but often far less comfortable to get together to play music if we don’t consider ourselves to be musicians”, says Willis.   

Still don’t know quite what you’re venturing into? That’s the point. There’s only one way to find out.

Swell as part of Espy Arts is one of a myriad of other enticing arts experience

lined up. Keep an eye out for when we announce more of what’s to come. 

Swell 4.0 – Music as Medicine: Wed 13 February, Sun 17 February, Wed 20 February, Wed 27 February, Sun 3 March.  Espy Arts, Hotel Esplanade, 11 The Esplanade, St Kilda.

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