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Unpacking the pop rock party in Melbourne’s south-east

Oakleigh is considered a cultural hub of south-eastern Melbourne, and the City of Monash has stepped up once again to put together an all-Australian lineup that you won’t believe is free. 

Not only will there be some killer acts on, but you can expect to be fed by some high-quality food trucks, check out a world-class neon light installation, and even take part in a silent disco.

What is it?

Live at Warrawee aims to celebrate what makes Oakleigh great, bringing together family and friends. Speaking about the event, Mayor Shane McCluskey says, “We are proud to be supporting Aussie music and providing the opportunity for people to come together in the heart of Oakleigh.” 

It’s one of the highlights of the Monash calendar, and this year’s iteration is set to be another smash hit.

Music lineup

The party is set to be headlined by Australian band Taxiride, who are marking their 20th year as a group in 2019, as well as celebrating their return to touring. With hits like ‘Get Set’, ‘Everywhere You Go’ and more, the park will be pumping with their presence. Past X Factor winner Reece Mastin will grace the stage, Australian Idol runner-up and member of Young Divas, Emily Williams is also playing, with Mornington Peninsula band Grey Horizon and triple j Unearthed hit IV DANTE rounding out the bill. It’s an all killer, no filler Australian music lineup.

When is it and where am I going?

Mark Saturday March 16 in your calendar, and block out the afternoon. It’s all going down from 4pm to 9pm at Warrawee Park in Oakleigh. To get there, take a train to Oakleigh using the Cranbourne, Pakenham and Dandenong lines, and then it’s just a two-minute stroll to the park. You’ll want to get there early, too, as the first act, IV DANTE, are on at 4.15pm.

What to bring

There’s plenty of shade around, but you’ll still want to be covered in sunscreen. A picnic blanket will help you guard your spot from those around you (and with a lineup as stacked as this one, you’ll want to keep a good spot safe), and water to keep you hydrated. However, you’ll want a back-up plan (you never know with Melbourne’s weather) so keeping a rain jacket and umbrella on hand isn’t the worst idea at all. Most importantly, don’t forget your dancing shoes.

Don’t miss the Silent Disco and Neon Light Installation

Live at Warrawee will be hosting a disco, but not just any disco, rather an epic silent disco. Simply find the Rotunda at the park between 4pm and 7pm, and let Guru Dudu take you on a dancing adventure. You can expect lots of fun and commentary along the way.

Melbourne artist Carla O’Brien will also be there showing off her skills and setting up a neon light installation. Her work has been featured during White Night, both in Melbourne and Ballarat, and at various A Day On The Green concerts across Victoria, so you may have encountered her before.

What’s the food sitch?

No matter what you’re feeling like having for dinner, or even just craving a snack, they’ve got you covered. Oakleigh-Carnegie RSL will be providing the drinks to keep the night going, while Curly Spuds, Cris’ BBQ and Yasou Street Food will be providing the food with Miss Molly’s Cakes and Cool Bananas providing the sweets. However, if you’re feeling like exploring the rest of Oakleigh, Eaton Mall is just around the corner, and has got something for everyone!

Beat’s top picks

Early Gem: IV DANTE – 4.15pm 

Middle maestro: Emily Williams – 6pm  

Not-to-be-missed: Taxiride – 8pm  

Live at Warrawee will be held on Saturday March 16, from 4pm-9pm at Warrawee Park in Oakleigh. Head to the City of Monash website for more details.