What better way to celebrate the arrival of spring and congratulate yourself on surviving another winter than a free eight-day music festival. Stow your tents and thermals away, though, because Live N Local is providing the goods just a stone's throw away in the City of Port Phillip.
It's close, a lot of it is free, and it's got some veritable bangers on the way to you via the just-released lineup. Beat At The Bowlo will unite Hexdebt, Househats, Psychobabel, Alice Skye and Kill The Darling for a Saturday arvo sesh complete with featuring lawn bowls, taking place at the Middle Park Bowls Club.
Alternatively, you can follow along on a rock crawl through classic St Kilda music institutions to hear Fuck The Fitzroy Doom Scene, Bloody Rascals, The Dead Amigos, Batz and The Tarantinos as they noisily help you say "cya" to winter. There's a hip-hop/neo-soul/funk night with Chicken Wishbone and Moses Carr at the Lyrebird Lounge in Ripponlea, and an all-ages concert played by Woodes, Eilish Gilligan and Poppy Rose.
And, staying true to Live N Local's focus of featuring emerging artists and fostering new talent, there'll also be an emerging artist program happening at Pontoon to shine a light on the up-and-comers making their way across the Australian music scene. And, maybe the most unique event on the program's lineup, UnderSCORE — an orchestral concert showcasing music from video games.
Full details, locations and line-up here.