This year, St Kilda’s free summer festival will return with a jam-packed program of live music – including Sydney’s The Preatures, Brisbane dance-punk duo DZ Deathrays, The Cat Empire, country musician Troy Cassar-Daley, singer-songwriter Mojo Juju and nine-piece band Saskwatch.
Returning this year is the New Music Stage, which will host 10 of Australia’s finest emerging music acts vying to take out the top prize. The winning act will take home a $5000 cash prize and be invited back in 2020 to play on the Main Stage for the festival’s 40th anniversary. You can catch last year’s competition winner opening the Main Stage: pop-folk-rock ensemble The Northern Folk.
Catani Gardens on the St Kilda foreshore will also have a dedicated area for kids and their families, with art installations, face painting, a range of workshops and activities, and the Little Catani Stage which will be headlined by Byron Bay rock outfit Bunny Racket.
Festivalgoers will be challenged to make a choice when it comes to food and drink at the festival: bars and restaurants along Fitzroy and Acland Streets will be offering delicious specials available on the day. More than 100 food trucks will also be attending the festival, with the full list of vendors available in January.
This article is produced by Broadsheet in partnership with Explore Port Phillip.