Posted on 08 February 2019
St Kilda Fest is back in town! This Sunday, 10th February, hundreds of thousands of people will descend upon the beautiful shores of St Kilda for Australia’s largest gratuitous music festival. A celebration of summer, culture, music, and of St Kilda itself, the festival evolves every year with some wonderful new additions and has become an iconic summer event. St Kilda Festival first appeared in 1980, and 39 years later, it’s never looked better.
Understandably, 400,000 people traveling to one small stretch of coast at the same time on the same day can mean a pretty hectic journey to and from, and road closures mean your best off leaving the car at home and jumping on public transport. Trams are running all day that will lead you right there and buses run every 10 minutes. Follow this link for more info.
Among the countless venues of St Kilda, there is always the local favourites that swing open their doors to the masses. The Banff on Fitzroy Street and The Vineyard on Acland Street are a must, with music, food, and drinks especially for the occasion. The newly renovated Espy (which we wrote about here) will have live music all day to serenade you as you try their amazing food and cocktails. Hurry though, The Espy is giving out tickets due to crazy demand, and they’re going like hotcakes! The Festival is a dry zone except for designated areas, meaning the bars will be pumping!
Get down to the festival early and get involved in a disco yoga session at the main stage. Bring a mat or stretch out your downward dog on the grass. It starts at 9:30am and is a great way to kick off the festival. Close by in the Catani Gardens, you’ll find a wonderland of fun and entertainment for the whole family, with roving performers, art installations, and best of all, Bubble Soccer! Down by the Palais Theatre you’ll find the ever-popular Carnival in full swing. For a full list of activities, click here.
There’s also a wonderfully eclectic mix of food and market stalls that can be found around the area, with Alfred square and the upper esplanade the hub for great food and market stalls. There’s over 100 trucks and stalls to choose from, including the return of our favourites, Sliders on Tyres and Sparrows Philly Cheesesteaks, and everyone’s go-to for a day out, Spud Bros Spiral Spuds. Check out the full list here.
But really, it’s the music that people come for. The festival plays host to seven stages of free live music, and the line up will not disappoint. The main stage will have, amongst others, DZ Deathrays performing, and in O’Donnell Gardens, Triple j favourites Slum Sociable will be headlining. There’s a new music stage, where ten of the nation’s hottest emerging acts will battle it out for a slot on next years main stage, and down by the pier there is a songwriter’s collective stage for some chilled-out tunes. Hit the link here for the full line-up.
There’s something for everyone at this year’s St Kilda festival, – food, music, good vibes, and family fun. Enjoy and stay safe!
By Andy Browne