St Kilda Festival program extended to nine days for COVID safety

By on January 14, 2022 0

St Kilda Festival, presented by the City of Port Phillip, will this year move from the one-day format of recent years to allow for social distancing – with the extended nine-day program of live music and entertainment providing more time and space to enjoy this popular event.

Over 50 artists will perform on multiple stages with street performers, family entertainment, sports demonstrations, market stalls, local community group activations and more.

This year’s festival includes the Yaluk-ut Weelam Ngargee: Showcase of First Peoples Arts and Culture featuring artists like Archie Roach. Yaluk-ut Weelam Ngargee has a long and proud history spanning over 20 years in St Kilda. The 2022 lineup is a mix of long-established artists, beautifully complemented by the next generation of young and emerging First Nations musical talent.

Acclaimed Aboriginal singer and Melbourne rhythm combo Emma Donovan and The Putbacks will bring their signature soul sounds, while Daryl Brathwaite will also headline the multi-day event from February 5-13.

The New Music Competition 2022, presented by the JMC Academy, will be held online from February 5-20 on the St Kilda Festival website. The six finalists are Brotha Asanti ft. Soulelectric, DEVY, Freeds, Keaper, Squid the Kid and Jack Stirling and the Perfect.

Audiences can watch each act’s sets and vote for their favorite performance for a chance to win a voter prize package. The winning act will take home $5,000 and an invitation to perform on the main stage at St Kilda Festival in 2023.

St Kilda Festival will operate under a comprehensive COVIDSafe plan. Any COVID-related updates will be communicated via social media and the Festival website.

O’Donnell Gardens Scene:

Kicking off the festival on Saturday February 5 will be given by Babyccino, Barkaa, Good Morning, KYE, Monnie, Queen-P, The Lazy Eyes, WILSN, as well as DJ sets from PET$ and Shaad.

Foreshore Scene, South Beach Preserve:

Wednesday February 9 will include Jordan Dennis, Mo’Ju, Shannen James, The Bamboos, as well as DJ sets from Big Rig.

Thursday, February 10 features Emma Donovan and The Putbacks, Daryl Brathwaite, Gordi, Romero and Soju Gang’s DJ Sets.

On Friday February 11, Ashwarya, Baker Boy, Franko Gonzo, Jalmar, Pricie, TSEBA will all take the stage, along with sets from dj pgz.

Yaluk-ut Weelam Ngargee: First Peoples Arts & Cultural Showcase is Saturday February 12 with Archie Roach, Benny Walker, Chasing Ghosts, IZY, Kee’ahn and The Merindas.

Beach Scene / Push Scene, Catani Gardens:

Sunday February 13 will feature All the Queens Men, Big Fish Little Fish, FREAKCLUB, George Alice, IJALE, Kanani, Pevan and Sarah, The Dummies and Waliens.

Street Scene, Catani Gardens:

The festivities on Sunday February 13 will extend to the street scene with approachable members of your local community, Ausecuma Beats, BIRDZ, Cong Josie, Jawbreakers, June Jones, JXCKY, Rya Park, Vetta Borne, plus DJ sets from General Feelings and Nuestro Planeta.

The full program is available at

Image: John Wayne Parsons playing Yaluk-ut Weelam Ngargee 2020. Photo: Wayne Quilliam

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