Melbourne’s newest free music festival is coming to Balaclava

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Melbourne’s newest free music festival is coming to Balaclava

Words by Staff Writer

The aptly named Balaclava Boogie festival is bringing the likes of JAZZPARTY and Amos Roach to venues within the bustling Carlisle Street Precinct from November 24 - 26.

Balaclava Boogie is a fantastic free initiative from the Carlisle Street Traders Association that will see Balclava bursting to life this November. There’ll be heaps of live music from some of Melbourne’s most talented musicians across three days, in addition to a vinyl market spinning tunes and slinging records on Saturday November 25.

Balaclava Boogie

  • A new, free three-day music festival coming to Carlisle Street and surrounds
  • From Friday November 24 to Sunday November 26
  • Featuring JAZZPARTY, Amos Roach, Delsinki and more

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Friday November 24

Friday’s lineup features bower bird par excellence Delsinki, a city-bound bush poet who’ll be performing with Brooke Taylor at The Balaclava Hotel. Expect a heart-warming and electric live show. You’ll also see multi award winning blues and soul artists Andrea Marr & John McNamara performing at Pause Bar. Indie-rocker Sophie Klein – known onstage as Little Wise – who’ll be performing at The Local Taphouse. Regular favourite in the St Kilda live music scene Eugene Hamilton will be performing at Ms Carlisle, while psych-rock, indie, and jazz fusion singer-songwriter Lyra will be playing at Voodoo Love Child Speakeasy.

Saturday November 25

Saturday sees Balaclava Boogie’s Vinyl Market coming to the Coles Arcade at 232 Carlisle Street, running from 10am to 3pm. Vinyl is the main music format people are after these days for good reason – records are an investment in yourself. A tangible product you can play, cherish, and hold onto forever. You’ll find the best of Melbourne’s fantastic local market on Carlisle Street on Saturday for some good ol’ fashioned crate-digging.

Sunday November 26

One of the undisputed highlights of the Balaclava Boogie weekend, JAZZPARTY have been called a New Orleans processionals meets Twin Peaks. A bad decision, come good. A sweaty, dirty, feverish delirium that makes people who hate jazz do some soul searching and people who hate saxophone change their minds…they’ll be leading a Sunday Service at Monk Bodhi Dharma (carpark) from 2pm to 7pm.

Also featuring will be Ngarrindjeri and Gunditjmara musician and dancer Amos Roach who performs a fusion of traditional and modern Indigenous music, in addition to reggae and rap. Seven-piece Spawn will play a unique blend of ’60s psychedelic rock and Eastern scales, Synthotronica will play a mix of Afrobeat, dub/reggae, glitch-hop, wonkstep, steampunk swing, and Ethio-jazz. Delsinki will play a solo set on the Sunday as well, before Melbourne’s premier rock’n’roll DJ Mermaid, finishes the arvo in style.

For more info, head here.