Issue 1692

Words by Tom Parker

Editor’s Note

St Kilda Festival has become part of Melbourne’s furniture. Bringing a stage by the beach is tantalising enough as it is. Add a world-class music lineup and a price tag that has a tidy zero next to it and you might just have the perfect recipe for the avid music-lover. As of 2020, the legacy stands 40 years and for this instalment they’re encouraging everyone to fly ‘80s style.

Dust off your mother’s oversized blazer or strap on a leather jacket. There’s room for a colourful one-piece if you wanna feel uniform, top to toe. How about a power suit or some shoulder pads, well why the hell not! This is your time, to bask in your magnificent fashion sense and celebrate music that’s gloriously free.

And judging by this year’s lineup, it’s almost criminal that it you can just stroll on in. From the top, you’ve got Cash Savage & The Last Drinks, Kylie Auldist, Busby Marou, Stonefi eld, The Kite String Tangle, DRMNGNOW, Tia Gostelow, Remi and Gordon Koang. That’s just the bloody start. Get amongst 40 years of St Kilda Festival when it all goes down by the beach on Sunday February 9.

Outside of that, Beat #1692 features chats with Dave Matthews Band, The 1975, Allah-Las and the venerable Nick Lowe. We also went along to the recent Orville Peck show and what a time that was. Bring some H2O, this one’s a trip.