Music Festival

Sat 01 Jan
Groove  
Feeling Groooovy
Funk, Groove, Improv, Jazz
"Incorporating jazz, funk and world influences, Neon City Pilot have established themselves since their debut in 2015 as one of the most exciting young acts to come out of the Melbourne scene. The instrumental 5-piece have toured internationally and in September 2016 released their second album ‘Ghost Wings’." - Facebook.
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Groove, Indie, Psychedelic, Rock
" Bridging the gap between band and DJ, Free The Genie yields elements of acid funk, disco, indie rock, r'n'b, house and psych rock." - Facebook
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Instrumental, Jazz
"The band blends Agus’s unique song writing style infused with Jonathon’s melodic guitar sound. Agus’s compositions often evoke an imaginative landscape, or story beyond his harmonic or rhythmic ideas. The band came into formation in 2017 prior to their performances at the Castlemaine Jazz Festival and later that year at the Halls Gap Jazz Festival.
Agus stumbled into jazz piano through Melbourne's jazz icon; Steve Sedergreen with whom he studied for several years. During 2010-2011, he was fortunate enough to study piano performance at the LCCM-London under the guidance of Roland Perrin, Sid Gauld (Incognito), and Roberto Pla. On separate occasions Agus also had a personal mentorship from a Sydney-based pianist; Mark Isaacs, and UK-based pianists including Michael Garrick, Simon Purcell, Alex Wilson, and Zoe Rahman." - Facebook.
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Sun 02 Jan
Blues  
Get your layback fix
Afro, Funk, Jazz
Alárìíyá meaning ‘Party People’ in Nigeria’s Yorùbá language, brings original compositions with a blend of afrobeat and high-life creating a unique sound. GP Saxy, brings a wealth of knowledge about Nigerian music and culture to Australia, and Melbourne, being the music capital has soaked it up, gaining a strong following. Alárìíyá, founded in 2014, by Nigerian born, Olugbade Okunade, aka GP Saxy, who began his musical career as master trumpet player in Fela Anikulapo Kuti’s world renowned afrobeat orchestra, Egypt 80. In April 2107, Alárìíyá released their debut self-titled album to a SOLD-OUT event at The Toff in Town, Melbourne’s leading live music venue.

Alárìíyá delivers the finest afro-jazz and funky rhythms, creating an exquisite afrobeat sound that captivates audiences everywhere. This authentic afrobeat flavour of Nigeria will awaken your soul and free your mind. Alárìíyá has graced the stage at; Moomba, African Music and Cultural Festival, Fairfield Summer Series, Queen Victoria Night Markets, Yarraville Festival and Converge On The Goulburn (Shepparton). Performances have featured blues-funk artist, Keziah Jones (FR/NG) on his 2015 Australian tour, and shared stages with afro-pop artist, D’Banj (NG), rock legends, You Am I, Nigerian-Australian Timomatic, Foreign Brothers, Black Jesus Experience, Sex On Toast, The Seven Ups, Sol Nation and many more.
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Pop, Rock, Blues
A rock singer best known for his work in the cult classic 'The Commitments'. From Dublin, Ireland
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Blues, Funk, Rock, Soul
Brian El Dorado and the Tuesday People is a dynamic 7-piece band hailing from Melbourne. El Dorado’s eclectic style is a fusion of Funk, Soul, Blues and Rock.
https://www.facebook.com/brianeldoradoandthetuesdaypeople/
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Mon 03 Jan
PUNk  
Wanna trash yourself? It's PUNk
Punk
"Bench Press burst onto the Melbourne scene in early 2016, the quartet quickly gathered momentum and a reputation for a dynamic live performance. Their self titled debut, released under the Poison City banner is a no nonsense reflection of their live show with guitarist Morgan Griffiths, bassist Lewis Waite and drummer Jordan Hicks delivering dynamic, to-the-point post-punk, propelled by Jack Stavrakis's vocals venting on the frustrations of modern life. " - Facebook.
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Indie, Punk, Rock
"Body Parts are a cheeky 4 piece feed of indie/garage/surf/punk/post punk. They smashed onto the Melbourne music scene in 2017 playing their first few gigs with such bands as The Bennies, Worriers (USA), Jeff Rosenstock (USA), Warped, Cockfight Shootout, Casanovas, Batz, Press Club, Moody Beaches and Cosmic Kahuna, just to name a few." Triple J Unearthed Bio
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Alternative, Indie, Punk
Hailing from Melbourne's inner northern suburbs, BATZ formed in late 2015 to bring their audiences what's become a notoriously intense and rowdy yet authoritative live show.
Thrashy guitars, a driving rhythm section and front-woman Christina Aubry's commanding and passionate vocal performance, BATZ' music takes inspiration from and has been compared to the likes of Yeah Yeah Yeah's, Blondie and The B-52's.

Their debut EP "Night Terrors" and follow up Single "Darlin" have earned them support spots with the likes of Kingswood (2017) and seen them on festival bills both in their hometown of Melbourne and throughout Australia including Maroochydore Music and Visual Arts Festival and Sydney Road Festival.
Working Closely with Alex Markwell of The Delta Riggs, BATZ make music for those who love the after hours. The sound is raw, energetic and unapologetic.
https://www.facebook.com/batzbandmelbs/
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Tue 04 Jan
Dance  
Get those feet flying - it's dance nioght
Dance, House
Cheap Present is a production duo consisting of Natasha Vomit and Luis Cee Elle. Feat. Friends
https://soundcloud.com/cheap-present
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Dance, Electronic
Crooked Colours are a 3 piece electronic synth powerhouse.
"Live drums, hard-synths and three sloppy rigs." -Triple J
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Dance, Pop
"FLUIR (“flu-e-air”) is a Sydney-based artist crafting emotive dance/electro-pop with a uniquely personal edge. Her infectious tracks have reached high rotation on triple j and have seen her perform at Groovin The Moo in Bendigo. FLUIR recently co-wrote 'Alive' with Luke Million which was released as part of his 'Come Together' EP. FLUIR later performed alongside Luke Million at Hot Dub Time Machine in the Hunter Valley in 2018." - Soundcloud.
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Wed 05 Jan
Punk  
Feelin lucky punk
Punk, Rock
"Formed out of the ashes of Brisbane punk band The Pints, Parker & Mitch relocated to Melbourne and in January of 2015 they recruited iMMi for bass duties. They renamed the band to Blind Man Death Stare and immediately started playing shows mostly made up of old Pints songs and a few unreleased tracks they had tucked away. In August of 2015 they released their first 3 track EP titled “Born A Centimetre From The Finish Line” featuring the single “Old People Should Grow Up”. They followed up the release with a tour of the east coast of Australia including Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania." - http://blindmandeathstare.com/
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Grunge, Punk, Rock
"Heavy, crunchy, loud, fuzzed out guitar, big bass and drums, and brash eat-shit-and-die lyrics. L7 beating the Sex Pistols half to death with a steel metal fist. A harsh mass of grunged-up emotion and vibrant punk punch" - Facebook.
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Indie, Punk, Rock
"Body Parts are a cheeky 4 piece feed of indie/garage/surf/punk/post punk. They smashed onto the Melbourne music scene in 2017 playing their first few gigs with such bands as The Bennies, Worriers (USA), Jeff Rosenstock (USA), Warped, Cockfight Shootout, Casanovas, Batz, Press Club, Moody Beaches and Cosmic Kahuna, just to name a few." Triple J Unearthed Bio
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Thu 06 Jan
Dance  
Feel like dan'cin
Dance, Electronic
"Sydney duo Set Mo do it all for the love. Both DJs in their own time, they came together over a shared love of deep house, sexy disco and grooving techno. Influenced by travel, beer, bespoke tailoring, noodle soups, tequila and sub bass these guys are constantly trying new things and pushing the boundaries of the music they create. Whether it’s the unique vocalists, deep groovy bass lines or sensual strings, one listen to these guys will have you bopping in no time." - Triple J Unearthed
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Dance, Electronic, Hip-hop, Indie
" from the hip hop and trap tracks he plays on his radio shows to the deep and future house grooves of the Melbourne scene." - Facebook
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Dance, Electronic
Sydney producer Basenji likes almonds, riding his bike and banging out bright, fun dance floor jams. He is an electronic musician and DJ from Sydney, Australia, initially gaining popularity through the Triple J Unearthed competition.
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Fri 07 Jan
Hip Hop  
Come on down for your hip hop fix
Hip-hop, Jazz, Neo, Soul
3070 move effortlessly between hip-hop, neo-soul, jazz and R&B
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360
Hip-hop
Matthew James Colwell, better known by his stage name 360, is an Australian hip hop recording artist. He has released four studio albums: What You See Is What You Get (2008); Falling & Flying (2011), which peaked at No. 4 on the ARIA Albums Chart and was certified platinum; Utopia (2014), and "Vintage modern" (2017).
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Hip-hop, Reggae, SKA
"ANTY! from the Bennies side project thingo." - Bandcamp.
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Sat 08 Jan
Blues  
Feel'in Blue
Instrumental, Jazz
"The band blends Agus’s unique song writing style infused with Jonathon’s melodic guitar sound. Agus’s compositions often evoke an imaginative landscape, or story beyond his harmonic or rhythmic ideas. The band came into formation in 2017 prior to their performances at the Castlemaine Jazz Festival and later that year at the Halls Gap Jazz Festival.
Agus stumbled into jazz piano through Melbourne's jazz icon; Steve Sedergreen with whom he studied for several years. During 2010-2011, he was fortunate enough to study piano performance at the LCCM-London under the guidance of Roland Perrin, Sid Gauld (Incognito), and Roberto Pla. On separate occasions Agus also had a personal mentorship from a Sydney-based pianist; Mark Isaacs, and UK-based pianists including Michael Garrick, Simon Purcell, Alex Wilson, and Zoe Rahman." - Facebook.
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Blues, Jazz, Soul
"In 2013, Alex produced her debut album The Wallflower – a tribute to Etta James, with her 7-piece soul band The Blue Riders. The album was placed on the 'Highly Regarded' list for the much coveted Coopers Australia Music Prize 2013. It is performed with the brutal emotional honesty that has come to define Alex’s powerful voice and has received glowing reviews from audiences and critics alike." - Facebook.
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Blues, Country & Western, Folk, Rock
London born and raised, Alison Ferrier began her musical career in Melbourne Australia, playing acoustic guitar and fiddle with country duo The Wayward Fancies. They released their independent album 'Meanwhile In The Parlour' in 2005 (the song 'Best Behaviour' was subsequently covered by Suzannah Espie) and played their final show at The Forum as part of The Melbourne International Film Festival. Playing fiddle, acoustic guitar, mandolin and singing harmonies in country 4 piece The Hallrunners and folk/country 3 piece 'Sean McMahon's Western Union' followed with album releases by both bands.

With songs described as having "incredible charm, wisdom and grace", Ferrier released her debut solo country/folk record 'Sugar Baby' in 2012, produced by roots guru Jeff Lang. A new and formidable band was formed in 2013 with 3 members of The Stillsons: Justin Bernasconi on electric guitar and harmonies, Cat Canteri on drums and harmonies and Ben Franz on upright bass. The new album 'Be Here Now' was released June 2015.
https://www.facebook.com/alisonferriermusic/
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Sun 09 Jan
Dance  
Feel like danc'in the night away
Dance, Funk, Hip-hop, Soul
"The Mamas are an eight-piece soul, RnB and funky fem-hop outfit from Melbourne, led by four of the sassiest vocalists you'll ever meet." - Facebook
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Dance, Electronic
Artist/producer Annika Schmarsel, better known as Alice Ivy creates infectious, blissed out soul-inspired beats.
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Dance, Electronic
Sydney producer Basenji likes almonds, riding his bike and banging out bright, fun dance floor jams. He is an electronic musician and DJ from Sydney, Australia, initially gaining popularity through the Triple J Unearthed competition.
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Mon 10 Jan
Cool Jazz  
Afro, Funk, Jazz
Alárìíyá meaning ‘Party People’ in Nigeria’s Yorùbá language, brings original compositions with a blend of afrobeat and high-life creating a unique sound. GP Saxy, brings a wealth of knowledge about Nigerian music and culture to Australia, and Melbourne, being the music capital has soaked it up, gaining a strong following. Alárìíyá, founded in 2014, by Nigerian born, Olugbade Okunade, aka GP Saxy, who began his musical career as master trumpet player in Fela Anikulapo Kuti’s world renowned afrobeat orchestra, Egypt 80. In April 2107, Alárìíyá released their debut self-titled album to a SOLD-OUT event at The Toff in Town, Melbourne’s leading live music venue.

Alárìíyá delivers the finest afro-jazz and funky rhythms, creating an exquisite afrobeat sound that captivates audiences everywhere. This authentic afrobeat flavour of Nigeria will awaken your soul and free your mind. Alárìíyá has graced the stage at; Moomba, African Music and Cultural Festival, Fairfield Summer Series, Queen Victoria Night Markets, Yarraville Festival and Converge On The Goulburn (Shepparton). Performances have featured blues-funk artist, Keziah Jones (FR/NG) on his 2015 Australian tour, and shared stages with afro-pop artist, D’Banj (NG), rock legends, You Am I, Nigerian-Australian Timomatic, Foreign Brothers, Black Jesus Experience, Sex On Toast, The Seven Ups, Sol Nation and many more.
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Jazz, Funk, Soul
"ALINTA and the Jazz Emperors – a soulful empire of a groove/jazz/jam/band with deep grooves, infectious sense of humor and extended joy-infused improvisations."
- Roller Sessions event.
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Funk, Jazz, World, Beat, African
"Since their inception in 2015, The Senegambian Jazz Band’s (TSJB) sound has developed through melding the traditions of west African melodies and rhythms with everything from jazz, latin and funk to “doof doof”. With 5 musicians from 4 countries TSJB’s music is a melting pot of sounds, influences and cultures intricately woven to create a magical sonic experience, unlike anything in the Australian music scene." - Facebook
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