After a long wait, the iconic Esplanade Hotel in St Kilda, has reopened with a new immersive adventure, blending live music and cross-disciplinary art to create an experience like no other.

Offering five rooms with five different experiences of music, Swell 4.0 is an immersive adventure that blends live music with art, delivering shows that explore the possibilities of Music As Medicine.

“This will be the first time in the history of the Espy that audiences will be able to explore all five levels of the hotel through an immersive live art experience,” says Janenne Willis, the Artist and Maker behind Swell.

Aimed at provoking the public’s curiosity, the show reimagines the future of live music, inside one of Melbourne’s most iconic live music institutions. Collaborating artists include The General Assembly, Naretha Williams, Edd Fisher (Waxo Paradiso), Loose Tooth, Go Get Mum, Nick Acquroff (n.y.c.k) +Hayden Calnin, David Sauvage (NYC), Hybrid Man, Deep Soulful Sweats, DollFace with more announcements expected.

Audiences at past shows have found themselves inside everything from a live music infused foam cave to a padded synth cell to a peephole jazz room. Janenne doesn’t like to give too much away in advance of each show, preferring to tantalise the audience.

“What I can say is think; music threaded elemental ritual, personal and poetic prose, first-of-a-kind empathic experiments, an invitation to participate in playing music regardless of ability, harmonic healing, and more. Each show is slightly different," she says.

Swell is a two-hour live art experience that invites the audience, to choose-their-own-adventure through multiple re-imagined live music experiences and interactive installations. It's intimate, surprising and oozes adventure. No headliners and support acts. No stage and audience set up. No hard and fast rules for what you might discover.

Swell 4.0 is part of Espy Arts and is one of a myriad of other diverse and progressive arts experiences lined up at this burgeoning cultural hub.

Experience a journey through a weird and wonderful world of music-meets-art encounters inside never before seen parts of this iconic live music institution with Swell.


Location: Hotel Esplanade (11 The Esplanade, St Kilda VIC 3182)

Dates: Wed 13 Feb, Sun 17 Feb, Wed 20 Feb, Wed 27 Feb, Sun 3 March

Tickets: General Admission $45, Concession $30

Hotel Esplanade Website