Surprise sets will be happening across the CBD over the next two weeks.
Yesterday, Daryl Braithwaite surprised Melburnians with a pop-up gig in Degraves Street as part of the Victorian Government, Mushroom Group and City of Melbourne’s new initiative to bring live music back to the city.
The series will see beloved Australian musicians appearing at some of the CBD’s most popular dining spots, with today set to feature a performance from Gordi somewhere in the city.
The sets will be integrated with events such as the Melbourne Christmas Festival and Melbourne Music Week Extended to provide a range of entertainment throughout the city. They’ll also run alongside the ANZ City Vibes program which supports 40 buskers each day to perform across 20 city locations for the rest of 2020.
As well as bringing music back to Melbourne, the initiative also aims to draw people back into the city post-lockdown.
“There’s nothing more Melbourne than walking down your favourite laneway and discovering something new and exciting,” said Lord Mayor Sally Capp.
“This program is about bringing back the buzz to Melbourne’s city streets and encouraging people to support our local businesses. Our city’s economic recovery is only just beginning and we need to do everything we can to keep Melburnians in jobs.”
So, next time you’re walking through the city, be sure to keep your ears and eyes peeled for any surprise street gigs.
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