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St Kilda Festival 2023

The iconic bayside festival returns for its 42nd year for a free weekend of live music and entertainment.
By Pauline De Leon
January 18, 2023
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By Pauline De Leon
January 18, 2023
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St Kilda Festival, Melbourne's long-running celebration of live music, is officially returning this February for its 42nd edition. Scheduled to run from Saturday, February 18 to Sunday, February 19 at the iconic St Kilda Foreshore and surrounds, the jam-packed summer event will see a lineup of big-name acts and emerging talents alike playing across multiple stages. And, as always, it's free, and welcomes visitors of all ages.

Saturday go-ers are invited to join First Peoples First, a celebration of First Nations music, culture and community, with performances from the likes of Christine Anu, Jem Cassar-Daley, Lady Lash, Dean Brady, Jungaji and more performing at O'Donnell Gardens and the St Kilda foreshore main stage. The Archie Roach Foundation has curated a good chunk of the lineup — and that same evening, the late Uncle Archie will be further honoured with a musical tribute featuring a range of special guests.

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On Sunday — also known as Big Festival Sunday — Aussie musical legends Hoodoo Gurus and electro-pop act Confidence Man will take the main stage, so be sure to get in early to nab prime position. Genesis Owusu, Yothu Yindi, Hatchie, Alice Ivy, Mick Harvey, Ashwarya, Phoebe Go, THNDO, Teen Jesus and the Jean Teasers, JK-47, Jen Cloherand and more will also be showcasing their talents throughout the day.

Both days of the festival will also see plenty of family entertainment, sports demonstrations, market stalls, local community group activations and street performers popping up around St Kilda to add to the festive vibe.

For more information and to check out the full lineup, head to the St Kilda Festival website.

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