Summer at the Square: Free live music and movie screenings take over Fed Square

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Summer at the Square: Free live music and movie screenings take over Fed Square

Summer at the square
words by staff writer

Fed Square will be filled with all kinds of entertainment this February.

With the good weather and school holidays fast approaching, Fed Square has announced a massive lineup of free, family-friendly activities spread throughout the month of February.

The stacked program features silent films with live scores on Tuesdays, outdoor movies on Wednesdays, live music by candlelight on Thursdays and an impressive live music lineup each Saturday capped off by a performance by Sampa The Great at the end of the month.

Summer at the Square 2024 Program

  • Feb 3 – Live Music Saturdays: BMW’s Opera For All
  • Feb 10 – Live Music Saturdays: Sounds of Aotearoa
  • Feb 13 – Film with Live Score: The Sentimental Bloke w/ Paul Mac
  • Feb 14 – Outdoor Cinema: La La Land
  • Feb 15 – Music by Candlelight: Budjerah
  • Feb 16 – Taylor Sheesh
  • Feb 17 – Live Music Saturdays: Afro Caribbean Carnival
  • Feb 20 – Film with Live Score: Experimental Shorts w/ Peter Knight and Dũng Nguyễn
  • Feb 21 – Outdoor Cinema: Summer of Soul
  • Feb 22 – Music by Candlelight: Rueben Kaye
  • Feb 24 – Live Music Saturdays: Sampa The Great
  • Feb 27 – Film with Live Score: Our Hospitality w/ Blue Grassy Knoll
  • Feb 28 – Outdoor Cinema: The Sapphires
  • Feb 29 – Music by Candlelight: JACOTÉNE

Stay up to date with what’s happening in and around Melbourne here.

From international acts to local gems, find illuminating and exhilarating talent on the iconic Fed Square mainstage four nights a week, all month long.

To kick off the Live Music Saturdays series on February 3, BMW’s Opera For All will bring the stage to life with the voices of some of Australia’s finest singers. The hour-long, exclusive showcase blends traditional and contemporary opera styles, making it perfect for everyone from dedicated fans to newcomers.

On February 10, in celebration of Waitangi Day, Sounds of Aotearoa brings an all-kiwi lineup of talent including chart-topping sensation SIX60, Muroki, Ladi6 and Riiki Reid.

The following weekend, the first-ever Afro Caribbean Carnival will be taking place, offering an explosion of food, culture and costume on February 17. With a soundtrack by legendary UK reggae sound system Saxon Sound System and hip hop and
drum and bass pioneer Spikey Tee from Jamaica.

Finally, on February 24, there will be a huge Afro HipHop, AfroBeats, Afro-House, Afro-pop night featuring a range of talented artists as well as the iconic Zambian singer, rapper and songwriter Sampa the Great.

On Thursdays, find the square alight with candles as the intimate candlelight performances return, back by popular demand (and perfect for date night). This season, catch the Coodjinburra artist Budjerah, the “king of cabaret” Rueben Kaye and triple j Unearthed winner JACOTÉNE.

For the film buffs, there will be outdoor movie screenings on Wednesdays, including the hit musical sensation La La Land, the Oscar-winning 1969 documentary Summer of Soul and the beloved Aussie musical The Sapphires.

If you’re in the mood for a bit of both, head to one of the film screenings with live musical accompaniment that’ll be taking place on Tuesdays.

Catch a screening of the romance film The Sentimental Bloke featuring a live score by Paul Mac, Experimental Shorts with a contemporary jazz accompaniment by Peter Knight and Dũng Nguyễn and the film Our Hospitality with live music by Blue Grassy Knoll.

To browse the full Summer at the Square program and plan your trip, head here.