This winter, live music will take over the St Kilda Foreshore for the inaugural Southside Live festival, where all are welcome, and music is what matters. Presented by City of Port Phillip, as part of the Victorian Government's On The Road Again initiative, Southside Live will treat audiences to a winter wonderland with a free curated program of Victorian music for everyone, taking place Friday 24 June – Sunday 3 July.
The all-ages program will feature jazz, soul, funk, orchestral, RnB, indie, rock and more, from many of Victoria's much-loved musicians, including Mitch Tambo, Hiatus Kaiyote, Adalita, Isaiah Firebrace, Briggs, The Black Sorrows, Emma Donovan & The Putbacks, Bumpy, Kira Puru, Freeds and many more. Expect to see 22 bands and music acts to entertain crowds plus an additional children's program in the school holidays featuring Teeny Tiny Stevies and the Bluey Live Interactive Experience. The beach will come alive this winter as the hottest live music warms up the crowd.
With a stage set up on the south beach lawn looking out to the bay, audiences will be surrounded by a winter wonderland, with hot food, mulled wine, winter market stalls and displays of light and neon, for a unique experience to celebrate live music and St Kilda in winter.
Southside Live is made possible thanks to the Victorian Government's On The Road Again program, an initiative that supports the return of live music events across Victoria. On The Road Again celebrates Victoria's reputation as the live music capital of Australia and brings live music back to local stages, boosting the live music industry after a difficult few years due to the pandemic.
Minister for Creative Industries Danny Pearson said: "On The Road Again has reignited live music in regional Victoria and on the streets of Melbourne's CBD, and will now kick-start a huge line-up of live music events across inner Melbourne. This massive line-up of events – which kicks off with Southside Live - will appeal to every music fan, provide new opportunities for musicians and performers, support local businesses and get our live music scene pumping like never before."
City of Port Phillip Mayor Marcus Pearl said: "St Kilda is known and loved for its live music so we're delighted On the Road Again will help us stage Southside Live, a live music program to warm up the colder months. There will be plenty of exciting performances at Victoria's most popular beach and we're looking forward to music lovers staying on to enjoy St Kilda's many attractions, shops, cafes, restaurants and bars."
For Southside Live, City of Port Phillip has collaborated and partnered with local creative industries, artists, venues and events to showcase the best of the south side and includes the 'Locals Playing Locals' program. With the lack of opportunities for the music industry and its audience over the past two years, Southside Live aims to re-establish connection between music and place.
The full line-up features: Adalita, AKOSIA, Briggs, Bumpy, Dallas Woods, Divisi, Emma Donovan & The Putbacks, Freeds, Hiatus Kaiyote, House of Horns, Inventi Ensemble, Isaiah Firebrace, JHM, Kaiit, Kira Puru, Maple Glider, Mitch Tambo, PANIA, Pinch Points, Six Seasons, Tamara & the Dreams, The Black Sorrows, plus Bluey and Teeny Tiny Stevies for families.
Southside Live aims to create a compelling line-up that will bring the community together to celebrate live music, building on City of Port Phillip's new live music initiative Live Music Action Plan: a commitment to supporting the recovery of the industry and building its sustainable future moving forward.
South Beach Reserve, St Kilda
Full line-up at southsidelive.com.au