With over 150 local artists, 50 participating venues and 350,000 people in attendance, there's a reason we're all bursting with excitement for the start of Australia's largest and longest annual music event – the 34th St Kilda Festival.
It all kicks off today with most of the St Kilda precinct's bars, restaurants and cafes parading our local musicians, and concludes with the much-loved 'Festival Sunday' on Sunday 9th February, where the likes of Art Vs. Science, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, Oscar Key Sung and Courtney Barnett will grace the main stage. Though the St Kilda Festival is first and foremost about music, there are other activities to indulge in with various market stalls, workshops, extreme sports, art exhibitions and a perve-worthy beach volleyball tournament all set to keep you thoroughly entertained throughout the week. Kids won't be disappointed with free face painting, a sectioned off Dancezone and Kidzone and of course, that epic stretch of sand to run amok on.
One of the premiere events for the festival will be the Live N Local series, which will see a bunch of old favourite music venues, plus a couple of warehouse parties thrown in for good measure, opening their doors to some of our best local talent. For a full list of who's performing throughout the week in both the Live N Local, and around the various venues, click here.
The St Kilda Festival also has a huge focus on Indigenous arts, with Saturday's opening ceremony featuring the music and arts event Yalukit Wilum Ngargee: People Place Gathering, along with various youth oriented dance workshops and musicians strutting their goods on the stages.
Fun is guaranteed at St Kilda Festival, although be warned that it is a dry-event, so don't think you can whip out the Passion Pop on the grass. Instead, sip some pinot gris whilst sitting elbow to elbow with your mates at the Vineyard, down some fresh and fancy cocktails at Republica, or down some frothies in the sunny courtyard of The Espy whilst listening to local hotties White Summer. Just remember that pretty much all of St Kilda will be closed to traffic on Festival Sunday, so get your booty on a tram, or burn some calories on the bike so you can drink and eat and laugh more.
But before you slip, slop, slap and head off to St Kilda Festival, plan what you're going to do and who you're going to see with our list of who's playing what and where on Festival Sunday! May your ears, eyes and bellies be fully satisfied.
FESTIVAL SUNDAY PROGRAM
Art Vs Science
Alison Wonderland (DJ Set)
O'DONNELL GARDENS STAGE
Courtney Barnett & The Courtney Barnetts
Oscar Key Sung
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard
ALFRED SQUARE STAGE
The Perch Creek Family Jugband
Chris Russell's Chicken Walk
NEW MUSIC STAGE
House of Laurence
Tully on Tully
Lester The Fierce
Brow Horn Orchestra
Boys Boys Boys!
LIVE N LOCAL STAGE
Nicolette and the Forte Jam Band
New Dub City
The Ramshackle Army
THE PUSH STAGE
The Legend of Barcelos
Alwan ft. Vinod Prasanna & Nathan Slater
Lotek ft. Ahmad 3Pas, Sadegh Raazdar & Majid
Taqi Khan ft. Choi & Morganics
Cumbia Cosmonauts ft. Lamine Sonko &
St Kilda Festival | Various locations in St Kilda
Saturday 1st February – Sunday 9th February