Naomi Lee Beveridge

Presenting one of the largest programs in recent times, this year’s Brunswick Music Festival (BMF) starts on Sunday, 3 March 2019.

Headed by industry figure Emily Ulman, who has taken on the programming reins, she has helped shape one of the city’s longest running music festivals, with this year’s festival being 15 days long.

Held from 3-17 March 2019, the festival’s cornerstone event is the Sydney Road Street Party on Sunday 3 March. Beginning with BMF inaugural Artists in Residence, HEXDEBT swing open the studio doors for an open rehearsal, a songwriting workshop and collaborate with a chamber orchestra for a special one-off show.

Other venues in the festival include The Moreland Hotel and Brunswick West’s Estonian House which are both getting co-opted as venues, hosting live music for the first time in years. Including acts like Cash Savage and The Last Drinks, The Murlocs, The Necks, Stella Donnelly, Cosmic Psychos, there is a range of music on offer.

Emily Ulman (Festival Programmer)

The Brunswick Mechanics Institute becomes MECHANICA for two weeks, with the venue becoming the festival’s hub and beating heart. Offering bursting panels, an exhibition, workshops, performances, and parties – this place is open every night and day on weekends.

Key events include:

  • International gold comes courtesy of Snail Mail (US), Flohio (UK), and J Mascis (US), who complement a truly exhaustive list of local talent.

  • Dolly. Parton. Tribute. Night. Need we say more? OK. Alexander Gow (Oh Mercy), Emily Lubitz, Emma Donovan, Loretta Miller, Sarah Mary Chadwick.

  • BMF’s first annual Masquerade Ball with Jazz Party, The Mamas, FERLA and friends will make for a night of bacchanalian revelry.

  • ‘A Weekend With’ urban edition Community Square, premieres in the picturesque courtyard of heritage listed Siteworks with a Bedroom Suck Records showcase, Strictly Vinyl DJs, wine tastings, local artisanal food and more.

The closing weekend sees a free outdoor concert take over Shore Reserve. Music For The Mob, curated by none other than Bad Apples features Emma Donovan and The Putbacks, Alice Skye and more along with a bunch of rad Indigenous up-and-comers.

See the full list of events and music on at the Brunswick Music Festival 2019 website here!


Dates: 3 - 17 March 2019

Location: Throughout Brunswick. See the website for details.

Times: Hours vary. See the website for details

Brunswick Festival Website