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Illuminate the River

Catch Art vs Science, Baker Boy, Montaigne and stacks more at this free one-day music fest on the banks of the Maribyrnong.
By Libby Curran
October 06, 2022
By Libby Curran
October 06, 2022

If the recent spate of announcements is anything to go by, we're going to be spending a good chunk of November grooving to live tunes at openair music fests and al fresco gigs right across the state (we're looking at you, Almost Summer, Boiler Room: Naarm and Luliepalooza). And the latest of these to add to your calendar is Illuminate the River — a free all-ages music festival making its home on the banks of the Maribyrnong River this spring.

Descending on a riverside pocket of Aberfeldie on Saturday, November 19, the one-day event will pull together a crowd-pleasing lineup of Aussie musical talent, including dance-floor favourites Art vs Science, legendary alt-rockers Something for Kate and Yolngu hip hop star Baker Boy.

Baker Boy, by Charlie Ashfield

Bringing more of the riverside vibes to the main stage will be pop darling and Eurovision great Montaigne, Queensland singer-songwriter Mia Wray and the kid-friendly Teeny Tiny Stevies, while two other stages will play host to a roster of yet more fresh local acts.

The day's fun is set to extend well beyond the tunes, too, with an inflatables regatta taking place on the water and a Box Wars workshop to unleash your creative side, plus food trucks, a pop-up beer garden and carnival rides.

Illuminate the River is the work of Moonee Valley City Council, along with the Victorian State Government's live music reinvigoration program On The Road Again.

Something for Kate

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