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Melbourne Festival Turns 30 With An Epic Line-Up!

By Clare Acheson - 05 Aug 2015

Annual music, drama and arts event, Melbourne Festival, turns a massive THIRTY years old this year, and to celebrate, a stellar line-up of local and global superstars are booked in for a host of performances throughout the festival’s two-week run.

Local stars Courtney Barnett, Jen Cloher, Adalita and Gareth Liddiard will come together to play American singer Patti Smith’s iconic debut album ‘Horses’ in a one-off showcase on Sunday 18th October, while British nu-folk songstress Laura Marling plays a must-see headline show at Hamer Hall on Monday 19th October.

The festival hub line-up features a tonne of alt-heroes, including Mark E. Smith’s band, The Fall, and one of the most exciting new musicians to hit Melbourne’s music scene in the past couple of years, Kiran J Callinan (anyone who remembers his performance at last year’s Dark Mofo will be sure to snap up a ticket for this one!).

If drama is more your jam, the Melbourne Festival is hosting boundary-pushing British theatre group Headlong’s performance of George Orwell’s 1984, bringing new life to the classic novel. Just need a good dance? Get to Cut Copy’s DJ night on Saturday 24th October for all the beats you can handle.

The Melbourne Festival runs from 8th – 25th October. Tickets are on sale now from the festival website.

Image credit: Melbourne Festival 2015

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