20 gigs, one big night: St Kilda’s Live Music Precinct comes alive

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20 gigs, one big night: St Kilda’s Live Music Precinct comes alive

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words by staff writer

On St Kilda Festival eve, the streets will be brought to life with sound.

A fun little fact for you: last year, St Kilda became the first-ever officially designated live music precinct in Victoria.

To celebrate its long history with live music and to get punters warmed up for the massive St Kilda Festival 2024, the precinct will become a musical wonderland on the evening of Friday, February 16.

St Kilda Live Music Precinct Friday

  • Jack Howard – Epic Brass – Memo Music Hall
  • Sam from Digger and The Pussy Cats, Burn In Hell, River of Snakes, Murray Bay Country Club – St Kilda Sports Club
  • Keep The Circle Unbroken – The National Theatre
  • Synthotronica – 29th Apartment
  • The McNaMarr Project – ELLORA
  • Steven Reinhardt – Freddie Wimpoles
  • Tio (Vanuatu) and The Black Sistaz – George Lane
  • Pseudo Echo – Gershwin Room Espy
  • Jamie MacDowell – Iddy Biddy Bar
  • MD DUO – Jimmy O’Neills
  • Catholic Guilt – Lost For Words
  • The Band She – Loud Mouth
  • Vibrajets – Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron
  • Andrew Wilkins – Second Act Wine Bar
  • Sliq Mick and the Smooth Operators – Selina
  • Better Than Sex – Surabaya Johnny’s
  • King of Smooth – The Banff
  • Better Than Sex – The Vineyard

Keep up with the latest music news, festivals, interviews and reviews here.

Venues including the Espy, Memo Music Hall, The National Theatre, George Lane, Section Act Wine Bar, The Banff and The Vineyard will host free (or almost free) gigs all night long. From jazz to country, from punk to electronic, the sweet sounds of music will echo out across the bay.

“The famous music suburb’s legacy will be celebrated with St Kilda Underground Music Walking Tours with guest co-hosts Freddy Negro and Paul Stewart, and Jack Howard’s Epic Brass will celebrate classic St Kilda rock and punk songs of the 70s and 80s at Memo Music Hall, while some of St Kilda’s most exciting young bands, such as Better than Sex will play at the Vineyard,” says Patrick Donovan, Live Music Lead at the City of Port Phillip.

“Most shows will be free, and others cheap, and performances will be staggered so audiences can take in as much live music as possible in one night.”
With an open door policy and music blasting late into the night, it’s the perfect chance to wander down the esplanade, grab a few drinks and head to a tried-and-true favourite venue or a new spot you’ve been meaning to check out.
For more information on St Kilda Live Music Precinct Friday, head here.