Melbourne is the home of live music in Australia and to celebrate our vibrant music community, Live N Local Festival is back for another year to showcase the talents of City of Port Phillip.
In preparation for the event, we’re spotlighting eight must-see gigs across the eight days from Saturday August 24 to Saturday August 31. All events listed are completely free, so you won’t need to drop a cent to head along.
A night of hip hop and jazz
Live N Local is kicking off the opening night with a free concert at St Kilda’s iconic Memo Music Hall headlined by Lady Lash. Lady Lash has performed at the Sydney Opera House as well as grassroots festivals across the country and she’s bringing her sultry vocals and eclectic mix of hip hip and jazz to the southside of Melbourne. Lyrical poet Daniel Elia and hip hop and jazz troupe Chicken Wishbone will also perform. Doors at 7pm on Saturday August 24. Register with TryBooking to secure your place.
Pop songs for the pop lovers
FReeZA and Live N Local have planned an all-ages party with Approachable Members of Your Local Community, bringing their fun pop melodies and matching Adidas getup to St Kilda. You can also catch teen queen songwriter yergurl and four-piece project Tamara and the Dreams performing their angst-ridden pop tunes. It’s happening at Red Scooter on Sunday August 25 and starts at 3:30pm. Register on TryBooking for guaranteed entry and a chance to win a free prize pack.
Tantalising sounds at The Prince
Prepare for a night of spicy rhythms and funky afrobeats from Iaki Vallejo and reggae vibes from The Black Sistaz. Colombian artist Vallejo moved to Australia five years ago and once paid for singing lessons the money she received from cleaning houses. Eight-piece band The Black Sistaz bring their songs of hope, freedom and liberation and have toured the world with Blue King Brown. Head to The Prince Bandroom on Wednesday August 28 with doors at 7pm.
Who doesn’t love karaoke?
If you reckon you’ve got some decent vocal cords on you, join The Decibelles Female Pop Choir at Newmarket Hotel for a night of sing-alongs. This one’s for karaoke aspirants and masters alike; a time to channel your best Freddie Mercury or Bon Scott. Pianist Joshua James Webb will be on hand with a list of songs which you can check out on the Live N Local website and there’s even a free cocktail on arrival to wet your whistle. It’s happening Wednesday August 28 from 7:30pm.
Stunning songwriting at Pause
Pause Bar in Balaclava has chosen three captivating singer-songwriters to hit the stage, including Jess McMahon. McMahon is a regular on the live music scene in St Kilda and has caught attention for the honesty of her lyrics and her angelic voice. Dutch-born folk artist Joyce Prescher will be also there with her haunting melodies while Ngiyampaa man and First Nations artist Pirritu rounds out the bill. Celebrate the almost weekend at Pause Bar on Thursday August 29. Doors are at 5pm.
A circling, multi-sensory experience
Ever wanted to watch someone perform from inside an iridescent cube? Well now’s your chance because DRMNGNOW is doing just that at MOAT. Projections will glance off the cube with DRMNGNOW inside while dancers on each side of the cube will catch these projections and cast colourful shadows on the structure behind them. The audience is the moat, circling the performance. You can be part of MOAT on Friday August 30 from 7:30pm.
Shopping and sounds
Celebrate the end of winter at the South Melbourne Market with live music from Delskini, Formidable Vegetable and the Elwood Community Choir. Delsinki brings his unique vision of contemporary Australian life to the market while Formidable Vegetable Sound System will be playing some ‘ecological-electro-funk-swing’. You can also listen to the Elwood Community Choir as you check out the local produce and vibrant blooms. Get down to the market early from 9:30am on Saturday August 31.
Jump aboard the Rock Crawl
Why not end Live N Local with a bang by doing the St Kilda Rock Crawl? The rock crawl will take over four pubs, with some great live music at each one. Just make sure you pace yourself enough to make it to the last stop. It kicks off nice and early at 4pm at Dogs Bar and continues until the early hours of the morning where Fuck the Fitzroy Doom Scene will perform at The Espy. If you’re up for the challenge, it’s all happening on Saturday August 31.
Live N Local Festival takes over Melbourne’s southside on Saturday August 24 and runs until Saturday August 31. Everything’s free but head to the festival website to reserve tickets.