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Issue 1662

Words by Tom Parker

Editor’s Note

Australia’s largest free music festival beckons in all its high-flying mightiness. The entirety of St Kilda will be swathed with creativity and musicality this Sunday when the 39th St Kilda Festival touches down. It was 1980 when this immense extravaganza was thought up and the revived Espy aside, it very nearly holds the final key to the beachside suburb’s cultural survival.

So who’s playing you ask? Well atop three pillars the likes of DZ Deathrays, The Preatures and The Cat Empire fill the headline slots. There will also be performances from Slum Sociable, Ceres, Saskwatch, Olympia, Dallas Frasca and Adalita among many more. Regurgitator are also playing a show but not as you know it. Having written a children’s album set for release Friday March 1, they’ll be playing children’s music under the pseudonym Regurgitator’s Pogogo Kids Show. Ah Quan, what have you done now.

Aside from our St Kilda Festival coverage, we’ve chatted to the likes of Animal Collective offshoot Panda Bear, emerging funkers The Seven Ups and have dived head first into a bunch of upcoming festivals in their own right – you’d be stupid to miss the Bendigo Autumn Music festival, the Brewers Feast or Apollo Bay Seafood Festival, to name but three. We’ve also got a bunch of specials tucked in so get learned with our Winery and Valentine’s Day forays.