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St Kilda Festival

With such a huge amount of events and free music, it's hard not to find something to love.
By Zac Millner-Cretney
January 29, 2013
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By Zac Millner-Cretney
January 29, 2013
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Going strong for 30 years now, the St Kilda Festival has long been a bastion of local music and culture. A total of more than 70 musical acts are performing across the festival's nine-day program, everything from folk to hip-hop and plenty of old Melbourne classics in between.

Opening night, known as Yalukit Wilum Ngargee, is an Indigenous-focused night of music, performance, and market stalls, headlined by singer-songwriter and St Kilda fest stalwart Archie Roach.

Festival Sunday (Feb 10, the last day) is the biggest event on the calendar, with something to everyone's taste, whether it's a brutal round of roller derby, a marching percussion performance from D2 Drumline, or a dance in the Latin Quarter to some South American tunes.

Then in the evening, the biggest names in local music rear their heads: The Cat Empire, Ash Grunwald, Bluejuice, Northeast Party House and Pez all grace various stages, followed by a late set from Juggernaut DJs to round out the festival.

With such a huge amount of events and free music happening across the festival, it's hard to imagine anyone not finding something to love.

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