Being held over eight days and featuring 85 events across 20 different venues, the Darebin Music Feast will showcase a broad collection of artists and musicians who represent and reflect the rich and culturally diverse community of Darebin.
“I’m so thrilled with what’s on offer in 2019,” says Mayor Rennie. “This year’s program is bold, rich and enticing, and continues the focus on diversity, collaboration and celebration that Darebin Music Feast has become known for.”
Underpinning the curation of this year’s program is a commitment to welcoming and celebrating music makers and lovers of all ages. More than half of the events in the 2019 program are free to attend and nearly a third are open to people of all ages, including the major opening and closing events.
Left to right: Kee'ahn (Photographer: Naomi Lee Beveridge),U-Bahn (Photographer: Jamie Wdziekonski), Huntly
The Feast kicks off on Sunday, 20 October with a massive outdoor Opening Party, featuring 15 acts across three stages. Mirroring last year’s hugely successful Closing Party, it’ll be all ages, all day and free entry, with a stellar line-up including Alice Skye, Emma Donovan and The Putbacks, Huntly, Jess Ribeiro, Kee’ahn, Raw Humps, Rebel Yell, The Goon Sax, Tiana Khasi, U-Bahn and more!
The Feast for Families program will feature Sounds Exquisite, an interactive sound installation made by Darebin primary school students in collaboration with local arts organisation Playable Streets. Families can drop in to the Keon Park Children’s Hub at any time Monday to Friday to interact with the artwork, or head down on Sunday 27th of October for the finale event hosted by some of the creators from Playable Streets.
The annual Darebin Music Feast Songwriters’ Award Grand Final returns to Northcote Town Hall on Thursday, 24 October. One of ten local finalists will take home a prize package of $2000 cash, studio time and more.
Darebin Live guarantees something for everyone with a week-long, back-to-back program of gigs across Darebin’s prestigious music venues. Showcasing an incredible breadth of styles, from punk, alt-rock, indie and folk to jazz, electro and soul, Darebin Live sees community music groups and emerging local talent perform alongside touring national acts.
The hugely successful Event Producer Mentorship program AMPLIFY also returns, this year with a focus on young producers aged 16 - 25. The 2019 mentorship was awarded to Acacia Coates and Winnie McQuinn, who under the guidance of Woody McDonald have curated Green Noise, an event inspired by sustainable initiatives in the music industry, youth climate strikes and growing environmental activism.
Check out the full program on for Darebin Music Feast 2019 here, and be sure to catch some performances this October!
Dates: Sun 20 - Sun 27 October 2019
Location: 189 High St, Northcote VIC 3070. Multiple events take place at different venues, check website for full details.
Times: Multiple times. Check website for specific details.
Cost: Free and ticketed (Opening night performances/Songwriters Award Grand Final are free)