LOJO is a new annual mini-festival coming to Johnston Street

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LOJO is a new annual mini-festival coming to Johnston Street

LOJO Festival
Photo: Tim Harris

LOJO is a new low-key annual street festival coming to the lower-end of Johnston Street in Abbotsford, kicking off February 27 this year.

LOJO is set for its inaugural one-day street festival in Abbotsford on Sunday 27 February, turning the street into a food, music, and art precinct for the day.

Long in the planning, it’s partly a City of Yarra initiative that’s set to repeat annually, paving the way for a revival of events in Melbourne’s inner-north.

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The idea behind LOJO is that every venue on Lower Johnston Street (18 and counting) will have their own mini celebrations.

Bodriggy will be hosting an open brewhouse where they’ll share beer-making and pour tastings, Dr Morse will transform into a makers market, replete with local designers selling fashion, hats, ceramics, vases, bags, jewellery and other eclectic ephemera. DJs will be spinning tunes all day and a sizzling BBQ will keep LOJO-goers’ stamina strong.

Blackhearts & Sparrows will be running a pop-up wine bar at Bodriggy, and a few doors down at Rita’s there’ll be an extended spritz bar complete with Aperol, Campari, Montenegro, and Limoncello spritz.

Marfa Gallery is running a group show of outstanding local artists including Kitt Bennett, Sophie Sun, Mic Porter, Tinky and Nathan Markham. Further down the road, the Retreat Hotel will be hosting an epic line-up of live music from local musos and bands, plus flash tats by East Brunswick Tattoos.

Another standout feature of LOJO is a custom-designed mobile wallet for festival-goers. It will be updated with other upcoming events, promos, deals, news relating to the district, giving it a bit of an exclusive feel that incentivises punters to support the businesses via smartphone.

For more info, check out the festival’s website here.