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Mayor Cr John Kavanagh
Music Programmer Chelsea Wilson
It is my great pleasure to welcome you to the 2018 Brunswick Music Festival.
I am thrilled to return as Music Programmer for the 30th Brunswick Music Festival. I would like to congratulate Moreland City Council on achieving this significant milestone and thank the musicians, festival staff past and present, crew, venues and music lovers who have made this festival a staple of the Brunswick experience for the last three decades.
In 2018, Melbourne’s longest running innercity music festival celebrates its 30th year and continues to reflect the exciting and diverse local music community, along with all that Brunswick has to offer. This year’s festival showcases both local talent and international artists – all sharing stages across Brunswick’s iconic music venues. Along with a range of concerts and shows, the festival also premieres its professional development series and the Festival Hub at the Brunswick Mechanics Institute. As in previous years, the 2018 festival is proud to offer a range of free events, including the ever-popular Sydney Road Street Party and Music for the People. We look forward to welcoming those from near and far to join in these celebrations. I encourage you to explore the exciting program and look forward to seeing you at one of the many shows across our great city.
To celebrate, we present two weeks of incredible shows across the suburb. Discover why artists – from Ghana to Iceland, United Kingdom to Cuba and Papua New Guinea to United States – travel to Brunswick and perform in our local venues. Dance to reggaeton, desert blues and hip hop; enjoy inspiring concerts; take the stage at our open mic sessions and bring the whole family to our fun outdoor festivities. I look forward to celebrating with you at the 2018 Brunswick Music Festival and hope you love the program. Chelsea Wilson Music Programmer
Cr John Kavanagh Mayor of Moreland City Council
Sydney Road Street Party Brunswick Music Festival Opening Celebration date & time Sunday 4 March, 12–7pm venue Sydney Road, between Union and Victoria Streets access free all ages
Alter Jazz • Banana Lightning • Batz • Brunswick Old Time String Orchestra • Brunswick Secondary College Concert Band • Cool Explosions • Deep Soulful Sweats Presents Indigo Children • Devil Goat Family String Band • Duo A Go Go • Emilee South • Horns of Leroy • Jazz Party • Jungle Shimmy • Kekosón & The Cuban Sounds • Kutcha Edwards • Lamine Sonko and the African Intelligence • Musicians of Coburg North Primary School • Ogopogo • Slip Dixies • SO. Crates • Sounds of Polynesia • The Cactus Channel • The CB3 • The Do Ya Thangs • The Meltdown • The Twoks • Vox Chops • plus more Check the Brunswick Music Festival website for full line-up details.
Brunswick Music Festival begins with a bang on Sunday 4 March when Sydney Road transforms into a heaving extravaganza of sounds, smells and sights. Get down to Melbourne’s biggest street party for the annual celebration of the best of Brunswick – the music, the people and the traders. On six stages, between Union Street and Victoria Street, an epic two hundred artists will get you swinging to the sweet sounds of gospel, Latin, soul, gypsy jazz, blues, hip hop, reggae, folk and rock. There is bound to be something to suit any taste! The pavement will be packed with food stalls cooking up tasty treats, an abundance of market stalls selling wonderful wares and the Brunswick Bitter bars will be serving a selection of sumptuous beverages.
On the day, wander down to Blak Dot Gallery for their first ever Artists Market, showcasing Kulture including contemporary and customary art practitioners, designers and makers from local Indigenous nations and international Indigenous communities. You can also catch live music all day at Brunswick's legendary local venues: The Brunswick Green, The Brunswick Hotel, The Penny Black, The Retreat Hotel and The Spotted Mallard. Download the map and playing times from the Brunswick Music Festival website. Help us cut down on single-use plastic water bottles! BYO water bottle and refill at water stations located along the street.
Music For The People Brunswick Music Festival Closing Celebration With Saskwatch, Mighty Duke and the Lords, Cool Out Sun, A.YA and Havana Palava date & time Sunday 18 March, 4–8pm venue Shore Reserve, Pascoe Vale South access free all ages
Get down to Pascoe Vale South as we round out Brunswick Music Festival with Music For The People – an afternoon of local music in the lush surrounds of Shore Reserve. Pack a picnic and gather your family and friends to catch headline act, the electrifying nine-piece soul outfit Saskwatch. They’ll be joined by the tailor-made calypso goodness of Mighty Duke and the Lords. Also performing are Afro hip hop funksters Cool Out Sun and A.YA on Japanese instruments in a Taiko explosion. To top it all off Melbourne’s most rambunctious street band, Havana Palava, will bring along their carnival vibes to add to the fun times. There will also be an array of wonderful food stalls serving up tasty treats all afternoon.
High Tide Pool Party With Silver Linings, DJ Shio Otani and featuring special performances by synchronised swimmers The Eastern Sirens date & time Sunday 11 March, 1.30–4.30pm venue Brunswick Baths ticket prices Adult $6.10, Concession $4.50, Child (under 16) $3.90, Family (up to 5 people, max. 2 adults or as appears on Medicare card) $16, no pre-sales access
Come down to the Brunswick Baths and brush off a banana lounge for High Tide, the first ever Brunswick Music Festival pool party. The afternoon shindig of waterfilled fun in the sun will feature two sets by electro-soul duo Silver Linings, whose swimming soundtrack is set to make waves and top-notch DJ Shio Otani spinning tunes poolside for your splish-splashing pleasure. Also catch special performances by synchronised swimmers The Eastern Sirens. There will be good vibes all round! It is a quality time guaranteed and all for the price of pool entry.
Wild, Fearless and Free International Women’s Day Concert
Stripped back to acoustic piano, guitar and vocals, hear thought-provoking lyrics, storytelling and the sheer beauty of songs in their purest form from the enigmatic and powerful voices of Australia’s most evocative singer-songwriters. From love songs to political protest anthems, each singer presents her own experiences via honest prose and soaring melodies.
Featuring Stella Angelico, Sophie Koh, Jessica Hitchock, The Black Sistaz and Kathleen Halloran
With DJ Maddy Mac – free in the Festival Hub bar
Award winning multi-instrumentalist and composer Sophie Koh.
date & time Thursday 8 March, 7.30–9pm venue Brunswick Mechanics Institute ticket prices Full $35, Concession $30, Group (6+) $29.75 + booking fee & cc charges access Seated
The fervent explosion of the untamed feminine, Stella Angelico.
Three singers with a powerful message and standing strong, The Black Sistaz. Award-winning opera singer, actor and songwriter Jessica Hitchcock. Kathleen Halloran, a guitarist who has performed alongside renowned greats. With DJ Maddy Mac free in the Festival Hub bar before and after the show. Further artist information available on the website.
Songs of 3056 Celebrating 30 Years of Brunswick Music Festival Featuring Thando, Joshua Tavares, Simon Burke, Kylie Auldist, Sal Kimber, Kavisha Mazzella, Xani Kolac and the Spire Ensemble With DJ Crispi – free in the Festival Hub bar date & time Friday 16 March, 8–9.30pm venue Brunswick Mechanics Institute ticket prices Full $35, Concession $30, Group (6+) $29.75 + booking fee & cc charges access Seated In a special one-off performance commissioned for Brunswick Music Festival, Melbourne’s finest voices, musicians and songwriters come together to celebrate the sounds of Brunswick. Featuring a mix of songs written by local artists and repertoire performed at Brunswick Music Festival over the past 30 years.
From folk to country to soul, hear heartfelt lyrics and stories infused with style, groove and musical prowess. Each vocalist will showcase a selection of handpicked songs accompanied by the Spire Ensemble led by Music Director Xani Kolac. Featuring: Melbourne’s newest first lady of R’n’B, Zimbabwean-born and Melbourne-based singer songwriter Thando. A man struck by the soul gods and one of Melbourne’s most beloved front men, Joshua Tavares (Zillanova). Crooner Simon Burke, singer and key writer of the excellent Melbourne soul outfit The Meltdown. Prolific funk, soul and disco scene songwriter, performer and collaborator, Kylie Auldist. Warm, authentic, and well-loved antipodean alt-country singer and songwriter, Sal Kimber. Songwriter Kavisha Mazzella, who links influences from the East with Western Folk. Accomplished violinist, songwriter, composer and one half of The Twoks, Xani Kolac. With DJ Cripsi spinning tunes free in the Festival Hub bar before and after the show. Further artist information available on the website. 7
Masta Ace (USA) With N’fa Jones, Mistress OC, P-Unique, Belle Bangard, Will Scullin and an all-star local band of Melbourne musicians date & time Saturday 10 March, Doors 8pm, Show 9–11.45pm venue Howler ticket prices Full $45, Concession $40, Group (6+) $38.25 + booking fee & cc charges access Standing, limited seating
Having recently released his first solo album in over a decade, The Falling Season, Masta Ace is like a fine wine. He just keeps getting better with age. From his early days as a member of Marley Marl’s infamous Juice Crew, to his later years as part of the hip hop supergroup EMC, Ace has consistently made his mark on the hip hop underground. A true legend of the game, he continues to prove his status as a successful artist, member of hip hop royalty and an artist who can still rock a room after three powerful decades. For a one-off collaboration, specially commissioned by Brunswick Music Festival, Masta works with an all-star band of Melbourne musicians. Led by Music Director/guitarist Cristian Barbieri (The CB3/Billy Davis and the
Masta Ace at The Jazzlab With an all-star local band of Melbourne musicians date & time Monday 12 March, 9–10.30pm venue The Jazzlab ticket prices Full $40, Concession $35, Group (6+) $34 + booking fee & cc charges access Seated Masta Ace has achieved so much, influenced so many and has remained relevant since 1988. With a special band for the jazz edit, get up close and personal for one night only at The Jazzlab. With nothing but foldback between Ace and the audience, this is one for the fans. A night of feel-good vibes and lyrical flow so good, you won’t want it to end. Experience the raw talent of an artist, one of the last true luminaries of a hip hop era gone by, who has ridden the ebbs and flows of a scene where so many have come and gone.
Good Lords), the band features Audrey Powne (Au Dre/The Do Yo Thangs) trumpet/vox, Joel Trigg (Jess Fairlie/The Rookies/Joel Trigg) on keys, Caleb Shand (Deandre Brackensick/ RINI) on bass and Ivan ‘Choi’ Khatchoyan (Cookin On 3 Burners/Mayfield) on drums. Featuring special guests N’fa Jones, Mistress OC, P-Unique, Belle Bangard (Gospel Collective) and Will Scullin (Big Words), this huge show unites hip hop pioneers from down under with the New York underground. “A 30-year tenure in any profession moulds an undoubted master of a craft.” Hip Hop DX
In Conversation: Masta Ace Hosted by DJ Mz Rizk date & time Sunday 11 March, 2–3.30pm venue Brunswick Mechanics Institute access Seated free Registration required Go direct to the source with Melbourne-based DJ, event curator and radio presenter Mz Rizk and hip hop aficionado Masta Ace. In conversation about his legacy and place in the hip hop world, hear first hand about the artist’s creative process, journey and extraordinary life. The discussion will delve into the formula for continually pushing the boundaries, remaining inspired, original and relevant and navigating an industry with unavoidable peaks and valleys. 9
Daymé Arocena (Cuba) With DJ Emma Peel date & time Wednesday 14 March, Doors 7.30pm, Show 8.30–10pm venue Howler ticket prices Full $45, Concession $40, Group (6+) $38.25 + booking fee & cc charges access Standing, limited seating “Daymé Arocena is Cuba’s finest young female singer, a lady with a powerful, versatile style and enormous crossover potential.” The Guardian
Singer, composer and choir leader Daymé Arocena is a shining star who has turned heads from a young age. Born into the lively intertwining musical legacies of her native Cuba, she approaches jazz, soul and classical with an innate sense of rhythm. The reception to her music spurred a whirlwind of opportunities and supporters and her much-lauded second album, Cubafonía, gave her free rein to work with her choice of Cuba’s best musicians. Supported by Havana Cultura and catapulted onto the world stage, two years of touring has seen her look even further outwards, collecting broader influences that add to the rich hybrid she brings to her musical milieu. On the night, popular local PBS 106.7FM presenter DJ Emma Peel (Switched On) will be setting the mood with a vinyl safari taking the audience on a journey of sounds from around the world.
Noura Mint Seymali (Mauritania) With DJ Simon Winkler date & time Tuesday 13 March, Doors 7.30pm, Show 8.30–10pm venue Howler ticket prices Full $45, Concession $40, Group (6+) $38.25 + booking fee & cc charges access Standing, limited seating “A female Mauritanian griot trance out. Next-level desert jams.” Uncut
The renowned desert-blues chanteuse, Noura Mint Seymali, comes from a line of at least 21 generations of visionary storytellers and musicians. Her debut album, Tzenni, vibrates with transcendental grooves and impassioned vocals, and her stunning 2016 follow-up, Arbina, firmly put Mauritania on the musical map. While Noura’s music is steeped in the history of Moorish griot traditions, she is blazing her own path and reimagining these old sounds with her revolutionary combination of powerful devotional singing accompanied by ardin harp, bass, drums and some truly psychedelic, distorted electric guitar riffs. On the night the ever-talented Simon Winkler, music coordinator and presenter on Triple R FM (Breaking And Entering) will be sharing his glorious music taste, slinging tunes that evoke good vibrations to set the scene for the expansive musical performance to follow.
Hypnotic Brass Ensemble (USA) With Zillanova and DJ Lyndelle Wilkinson date & time Friday 16 March, Doors 8pm, Show 9–11.45pm venue Howler ticket prices Full $45, Concession $40, Group (6+) $38.25 + booking fee & cc charges access Standing, limited seating The brothers of Hypnotic Brass Ensemble convene to do what they have always done so well; blow the doors off. revive-music.com
Blood brothers from the south side of Chicago, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble are the seven sons of jazz great Phil Cohran. The “Bad Boys of Jazz” spend most of their time on the road touring and have brought the brass with greats including Prince, Mos Def, Mick Jones (The Clash) and Damon Albarn (Blur, Gorillaz), to name a few. In demand, they have graced the stages of Coachella, WOMADelaide, The Sydney Opera House, Carnegie Hall and more. The documentary Brothers Hypnotic explored their music, work ethic, life and experience being raised by a jazz legend father. Their song War exploded in the blockbuster film The Hunger Games. Support on the night comes from a group blessed with copious amounts of raw talent and creative intelligence, Zillanova, Melbourne’s most elusive soul act fronted by Joshua Tavares alongside collaborator and HopeStreet Recordings founder/ producer Bob Knob. PBS 106.7FM presenter DJ Lyndelle Wilkinson (Afterglow) will be lighting the way with tunes sure to make you feel good and get you in the mood.
Hypnotic Brass Ensemble at The Jazzlab
Hypnotic Brass Ensemble Workshop
date & time Saturday 17 March, 9–10.30pm venue The Jazzlab ticket prices Full $40, Concession $35, Group (6+) $34 + booking fee & cc charges access Seated
date & time Saturday 17 March, 11.30am–1pm venue Brunswick Mechanics Institute ticket prices All tickets $10 + booking fee & cc charges access Seated
And a one, and a two and a … counting off for a special one-off performance at The Jazzlab, the brothers of the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble will be slip sliding and striding through their most jazz-centric repertoire. Performing collectively composed originals that echo traditional New Orleans big-band jazz while also giving a nod to the avant-garde angularity of their father and his contemporaries, a lucky few will see, hear and feel why timing really is everything. Experience music that takes its stylistic cues from hip hop, funk and rock, calypso and even gypsy music, intimately, all with a jazz flavour and jam-packed into a stunning brass attack.
Join a performance workshop led by an exceptional band of brothers as they share their commandments for bringing musical pieces to live audiences, showpersonship and tips/habits for independent musicians. The 90-minute workshop will feature a lively discussion and the opportunity to learn a Hypnotic Brass Ensemble tune – polishing it to perfection to perform in tandem with the band. The inspiring session, from one of the world’s most successful brass bands, is sure to educate and entertain. BYO voice and instrument.
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Sydney Road Street Party Music Victoria Presents: Got Music? What Next? APRA AMCOS Presents: Songwriter Speaks Chris While and Julie Matthew (UK) My Bubba (Sweden/Iceland) Wild, Fearless and Free Jojo Abot (Ghana) Blak Kabaret Klub @ Black Dot
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Jojo Abot (Ghana) With Allysha Joy (solo) and Lady Banton (The Operatives) date & time Thursday 8 March, Doors 8pm, Show 9–11.30pm venue Rubix Warehouse ticket prices Full $45, Concession $40, Group (6+) $38.25 + booking fee & cc charges access Standing, limited seating “Uncompromisingly original, per usual … songs about black empowerment in spite of and in resistance to white supremacy and racial oppression.” Afropunk
Come vibe out to the sultry, vulnerable and empowering sounds of Jojo Abot. The Ghanaian singer-songwriter, also an artist of film/ photography, literature and performance, is taking the world by storm with her Afro-hypnosonic sounds, otherworldly perspectives and the raw emotion of her boundless work. Her art, a tool for discovery, exchange and evolution is an ongoing exploration of self. Her captivating commentary on identity appropriation versus appreciation, in the growing global conversation about shared spaces and identities, has the weighty impact of a velvet sledgehammer. Hypnotically infusing all she touches with love, she is poised to capture the ears and hearts of discerning listeners from Brunswick to beyond. Get into the groove with the neo-soul sensations of Allysha Joy, who, through her gift of song and looseness of playing, brings exactly what her name suggests. Between acts Lady Banton will be spinning scorchers to delight and unite and is sure to set the night alight.
My Bubba (Sweden/Iceland) With Audrey Powne – free in the Festival Hub bar date & time Wednesday 7 March, 7–8pm & 9–10pm (two shows) venue Brunswick Mechanics Institute ticket prices Full $40, Concession $35, Group (6+) $34+ booking fee & cc charges access Seated “ [...] their generation’s Simon and Garfunkel. With just a guitar and vocals, they are mesmerizing in their softerthan-soft, lilting songs.” Amos Perrine, No Depression
My Larsdotter and Guðbjörg (aka Bubba) Tomasdottir come together as the beautiful Scandinavian indie folk duo My Bubba. Together they make soft and soulful music that is as playful as it is powerful. The special combination of their wayfaring souls has taken their warm harmonies, carried on Norwegian Cittra (lap harp), guitar and banjo, across the seven seas to record and perform. They have toured with Damien Rice, co-written with Matthew E. White, recorded with Noah Georgeson, stepped on Bryan Adams’ toes, literally, and most recently worked with Jack White, who produced their impressive latest single, the spare and rumbling Gone. Audrey Powne, one half of Au Dré and resident member of umpteen other acts familiar to Melbourne music lovers, including The Do Yo Thangs, will be bringing her veracious vocals and piano prowess to the Festival Hub bar with free performances before both shows.
All Our Exes Live In Texas Intimate and Acoustic date & time Monday 12 March, 7.30–9pm venue Brunswick Mechanics Institute ticket prices Full $35, Concession $30, Group (6+) $29.75 + booking fee & cc charges access Seated All Our Exes Live in Texas, intimate and acoustic! Four-part indie-folk harmony heaven! Musically strong, vulnerable and packing a powerful punch, the four first came together by chance at a happening in Sydney. Little did they know they were planting the seed for a foursome of epic proportions. Their combined force, a powerhouse of charm and heartbreakingly good songwriting, has achieved much in three short years. They released a widely celebrated self-titled debut EP, have impressed taste-makers and wooed fans the world over and most recently their crowd-funded debut album When We Fall, took the gong for best blues and roots album at the 2017 ARIA Awards. “When art works, it takes the personal and makes it universal; All Our Exes Live in Texas have reached that ideal lovingly here.” Bob Boilen, NPR Music
Benny Walker Solo With Adam Rudegeair – free in the Festival Hub bar date & time Friday 9 March, 7.30–8.30pm venue Brunswick Mechanics Institute ticket prices Full $35, Concession $30, Group (6+) $29.75 + booking fee & cc charges access Seated Yorta Yorta man Benny Walker is a class act on the rise. In his love songs and epic tales he mixes summer vibes and deep grooves with his passion for the land and the people. This potent combination won him a Music Victoria “Best Aboriginal Talent” Award and his recent single Ghost and EP Undercover both debuted at no. 1 on the iTunes blues charts. He has already performed alongside many Australian icons – Archie Roach, Alex Lloyd and Tim Rogers to name a few. His latest songs, produced by Jan Skubiszewski, blend blues ‘n’ roots with contemporary guitar driven soul, and signal again Benny taking his music to the next level. Adam Rudegeair is an eclectic explorer of the synthesis between funk, jazz and experimental styles, and a musician like no other. He will be performing free in the Festival Hub bar before and after the show. “Walker’s voice has the drag and timbre of a natural soul man … his music is pure bluesrock, buoyed by clean, lyrical guitar solos and the throb of electric organ.” The Guardian 17
Psychic Hysteria presents:
Wet Lips, Fair Maiden and Plaster of Paris With DJ Annaliese Replica date & time Saturday 17 March, Doors 7.30pm, Show 8.30–11pm venue Brunswick Mechanics Institute ticket prices Full $25, Concession $20, Group (6+) $21.25 + booking fee & cc charges access Standing, limited seating Psychic Hysteria has handpicked a selection of bands for a special one-off night of epic proportions. Headlining is three-piece punk powerhouse Wet Lips, who have been ripping up stages and breaking hearts since 2012. They are joined by the haunting harmonies and killer
hooks of folk psych-pop quartet Fair Maiden and Melbourne’s favourite Goth-Riot-Grrl shredders Plaster of Paris. A collective of Psychic Hysteria artists will be illuminating matters with spectacular live projections. Tunes between bands will come courtesy of Triple R presenter DJ Annaliese Replica (Neon Sunset). “What initially began as an avenue for Eckardt to self-release, has expanded into a community of music and zine makers that champions, above all, a sense of autonomy and a DIY ethos.” Holly Pereira, Beat Magazine
Grace Barbé With Alárìíyá! and DJ Mike Gurrieri date & time Saturday 17 March, Doors 8pm, Show 9–11.30pm venue Howler ticket prices Full $35, Concession $30, Group (6+) $29.75 + booking fee & cc charges access Standing, limited seating “Picture-perfect funky soul played by world-class muso-cats.” Lyndon Blue of coolperthnights.com
Grace Barbé hails from the sunburnt Indian Ocean islands of the Seychelles – where the pressure and heat of a history of slavery, pirates, coups d’etat and coconuts birthed Kreol’s unique rhythm, language and culture. From the cultural melange of the islands, Grace’s trio fuses tropical rhythms and dances of the slaves with psychedelic rock, Afrobeat, reggae and pop. With Grace on bass, and younger sister Joelle on drums, musical magic is conjured. Guitarist Jamie Searle adds another layer, casting a spell of Afro-guitar sorcery. Grace has been enticing audiences to get up and shake their coconuts since 2009, prepare yourself for a very special show. Alárìíyá! featuring Olugbade Okunade, former Egypt 80 trumpet player, will get the party started with some of Melbourne’s best Afrobeat and PBS 106.7FM presenter Mike Gurrieri (Mystic Brew) will be bringing some fine and very danceable tunes.
With Lisa Crawley – free in the Festival Hub bar
Zulya and the Children of the Underground
date & time Wednesday 14 March, 7–8pm venue Brunswick Mechanics Institute ticket prices Full $35, Concession $30, Group (6+) $29.75 + booking fee & cc charges access Seated Stiff Gins combine stunning harmonies and wicked senses of humour to transport listeners to a world of joy, spirit and song. Their moniker is a reclamation of an offensive reference to Aboriginal women, a banner to guide their music in the direction of strength and pride. Three albums and countless breathtaking shows later, the name has become synonymous with musical excellence. Fresh off the stage from their epic visual theatre project Spirit of Things: Sound of Objects they are forging forward. In their nineteenth year they soar into their most intriguing music making yet with a new recording and sound design project in the works. Renowned local singer, songwriter and multiinstrumentalist Lisa Crawley can charm jazz loving audiences one minute and command indie credibility the next. She is bringing her undeniably catchy tunes to the Festival Hub bar for free performances before and after the show. “Stiff Gins are one of Australia’s most highly acclaimed indigenous folk/pop/ vocal groups.” Chaos website 20
With Emily Rosner – free in the Festival Hub bar date & times Tuesday 13 March, 7–8pm & 9–10pm (two shows) venue Brunswick Mechanics Institute ticket prices Full $35, Concession $30, Group (6+) $29.75 + booking fee & cc charges access Seated It’s been 100 years since the October Revolution shook the world. ARIA-winning Zulya and the Children of the Underground look back at the last century of Russian song through the lens of traditional folk, Soviet pop, jazz, old movie favourites, great 20th-century Russian composers and originals. They interpret music contemporary to the major events of the last century – traversing the building of the Soviet Empire, the Great Patriotic war, the Space Race, the thaw of the 60s and stagnation of the 70s, Perestroika’s 80s, the chaos of the Yeltsin years and the grim authoritarianism of the Putin era – all set to stunning archival footage. With an over 20-year career as a harpist and vocalist, Emily Rosner will be playing enchanting performances before both shows free in the Festival Hub bar. “…able to strike a deft balance between melancholic sadness and the unbridled joy that is never too far away.” Songlines, UK
Uno, Dos, Tres, Cuatro Latin/Australian Dance Party With LABJACD, Miss Colombia, Amaru Tribe and The New Monos, special guests, DJ and psychedelic visual projections. date & time Sunday 11 March, Doors 7pm, Show 8pm–12am venue Howler ticket prices Full $30, Concession $25, Group (6+) $25.50 + booking fee & cc charges access Standing, limited seating
Uno, Dos, Tres, Cuatro. Bomba your way into the new sounds of Latin Australian music. Whilst the “Despacito” phenomenon has awakened a new wave of Latin music, and shone a light on Latin sounds from around the world, the Australian scene has been shaking it up for well over a decade. A thriving scene of collaborating local and Latin musos have been cooking up cumbia, bossa nova, samba, tango, mambo, boogaloo, reggaeton, cha cha cha and salsa with genres like Indigenous, reggae, rock, funk, hip hop, dance and pop for some time. The result, a truly unique Latin Australian powered sound and a night of boss Latino/Australian action! “If you are ready to feel the rich pumping Latin blood that flows through our Australian music veins, you gotta get to this one.” EL TARRO Produced by EL TARRO and Vibrating Planet.
Multi Futurism JAzmaris X Manal Younus, Hari Sivanesan, Amin Payne and Ra Ngatira With DJ Paul Gorrie – free in the Festival Hub bar date & time Thursday 15 March, 7.30–9pm venue Brunswick Mechanics Institute ticket prices Full $25, Concession $20, Group (6+) $21.25 + booking fee & cc charges access Seated Multi Futurism melds masters of little heard, diverse music with established contemporary artists to spark unusual, inter-cultural collaborations and eclectic new music genres – aurally representing Melbourne’s textured cultural landscape. This intimate iteration of Multi Futurism will feature the hypnotic soundscapes of Hari Sivanansen, Amin
Payne and Ra Ngatira and will premier a new collaboration between ethio-jazz stalwarts, The JAzmaris and freelance storyteller Manal Younus. Bringing together storytelling, hip hop, traditional jazz and Indian classical music, the evening will connect the audience with the known and educate in the not so familiar with something entirely new. “… with an aim to deconstruct stereotypes of what audiences may consider World Music …” Joel Ma Presented with Multicultural Arts Victoria.
Drink & Dine
At one of Sydney Roads many restaurants, cafes, beer gardens and pubs before your Brunswick Music Festival Show
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Blak Kabaret Klub @ Blak Dot date & time Thursday 8 – Sunday 11 March & Thursday 15 – Sunday 18 March venue Blak Dot Gallery ticket prices Free and ticketed access Standing, limited seating Get down and loose for an eight-night sonic mash up jam-packed with awesome vibes, words and beats. Proudly presented by independent arts space Blak Dot Gallery, Blak Kabaret Klub features powerhouse singer, writer, weaver and orator Grace Vanilau alongside a massive surprise pack of local and international singersongwriters, slam poets, DJs and electronic artists. Check website for full program. “We say it loud we blak and we’re PROUD!” Lady Kronk Presented by Blak Dot Gallery.
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The Counihan Gallery In Brunswick 233 Sydney Road, Brunswick moreland.vic.gov.au/counihan-gallery Image: Youjia Lu, Chora (Unseen), 2016. Installation Shot, dimensions variable. Courtesy the artist. Photograph: *mimesis (Kerry Leonard).
Gordie MacKeeman & His Rhythm Boys (Canada)
Chris While and Julie Matthews (UK)
With special guest
date & time Wednesday 7 March, Doors 6pm, Show 8–10.45pm venue The Spotted Mallard ticket prices General Admission $30, Reserved Seat $35, At the Door $35 + booking fee & cc charges access Seated and standing
date & time Friday 9 March, Doors 6pm, Show 8–11.30pm venue The Spotted Mallard ticket prices Full $25 + booking fee & cc charges access Seated and standing Gordie MacKeeman is a natural showman. An ace fiddle player nicknamed “Crazy Legs” for his frenetic loose-limbed dancing. Combine that exuberance with the musicianship of his multi-instrumentalist comrades, His Rhythm Boys, and you have an unstoppable roots music force. The group is highly soughtafter and regularly onstage at major festivals worldwide. It is the balance of traditional tunes and well-crafted originals that results in their eclectic signature sound, drawing on bluegrass, old time country, folk, rockabilly, swing and Celtic in genre-defying fashion. “If you have ever seen Gordie MacKeeman and His Rhythm Boys perform live, then you’re well aware that the show entails as much acrobatics as it does great music.” Q Magazine Presented by The Spotted Mallard. 24
With Charm of Finches
English singer/songwriters and multiinstrumentalists Chris While and Julie Matthews are hailed as one of the best and most hard working acoustic duos in the folk roots scene. Sharing an impressive musical partnership that spans over 22 years, their commitment to their craft has brought them countless nominations, awards and acclaim. The pair returns to Australia with Shoulder to Shoulder, their latest studio album, which has garnered rave reviews and only stands to prove they are as powerful as ever. Support act, Melbourne sister duo, Charm of Finches, praised for their angelic harmonies and stunning songwriting, have been playing folk festivals since ages 11 and 14. "The undisputed queens of British female folk duos …" The Guardian, UK Presented by Second Line Music.
Andy Irvine (Ireland) and Luke Plumb 2018 Louis McManus Memorial Concert With Dan Bourke and Anthony O’Neill date & time Thursday 15 March, Doors 6pm, Show 8–10.30pm venue The Spotted Mallard ticket prices Reserved Seat $35, General Admission $30, At the Door $35 + booking fee & cc charges access Seated and standing The collaboration between the legendary Andy Irvine and mandolin maestro Luke Plumb is one of the most thrilling in recent times. Andy has been an icon of the international folk scene for more than 40 years and Luke has established a reputation as a driving force in acoustic music on the global stage. Dan Bourke and Anthony O’Neill are two of traditional Irish music’s finest and were lifelong friends and music partners of Louis McManus. “[Andy Irvine is] one of the towering talents on the international folk scene.” Sydney Morning Herald
Live at the Library date & time Friday 16 March, 7–9pm venue Brunswick Library access Seated and Standing free all ages Brunswick Library transforms into a live music venue as part of Brunswick Music Festival. This year we celebrate the gifting of historic Brunswick Music Festival recordings and ephemera from Performing Arts Moreland. There will be live performances from some of the early Brunswick Music Festival artists and an exhibition of vintage festival ephemera. Ephemera exhibition runs 4–18 March. Presented by Moreland City Council Libraries.
Presented by Second Line Music.
Music Victoria Presents:
APRA AMCOS Presents:
Got Music? What Next?
Meet the Brunswick Music Industry
With Ella Hooper, Mojo Juju and host Simon Winkler
date & time Monday 5 March, 6.30–8pm venue Brunswick Mechanics Institute access Seated
date & time Tuesday 6 March, 6.30–8pm venue Brunswick Mechanics Institute access Seated
free Registration required
free Registration required
Brunswick is the number one suburb for songwriters in Australia. So what do you do with all the songs you’ve written and rehearsed? Join Music Victoria and connect with key people from the local scene to find out. Hear from Brunswick-based music industry experts and get practical advice on how to get airplay, how to pitch for support slots, how to book gigs in local venues, how to get your records pressed and more. Gain behind the scenes insights from the folks who are making music happen in your neighbourhood!
APRA AMCOS and Brunswick Music Festival invite you to join us for a very special Songwriter Speaks. In celebration of International Woman’s Day, Ella Hooper (Killing Heidi/solo) and Mojo Juju will be discussing what it takes to write music that inspires, connects and endures. Hosted by and celebrating these two uncompromising talents will be Triple R’s music coordinator and presenter Simon Winkler.
Panelists: Justin Rudge Venue Booker, The Spotted Mallard Kate Duncan Creative Director, The Push Paul Rigby Director, Zenith Records Pressing Plant Simon Winkler Music Coordinator, Triple R Tristan Ludowyk Label Director, HopeStreet Recordings Vanessa Bassili Venue Booker, Howler 26
Songwriter Speaks is an APRA AMCOS initiative, which enables APRA AMCOS members and other members of the music community, to gain an insight into some of Australia's most successful songwriters.
Songwriter Masterclass With Jake Mason and Eric McCusker date & time Saturday 17 March, 2–3.30pm venue Brunswick Mechanics Institute ticket price All tickets $10 + booking fee & cc charges access Seated Eric McCusker and Jake Mason come together for a special Songwriter Masterclass during Brunswick Music Festival. Both are award winning songwriters and performers who have been writing together for over ten years. They bring a highly complementary set of skills and talents to the task of writing and producing. Eric plays guitar, sings and writes lyrics. 1981 Songwriter of the Year and key member of Mondo Rock, he wrote many of their hits including Come Said the Boy and State of the Heart. Jake plays a range of keyboards, Hammond organ, saxophones, and is an expert engineer and producer. A founding member of Cookin’ on 3 Burners, Jake co-wrote This Girl, which went number one in over ten countries and was the most Shazammed dance song of 2016, worldwide.
Brunswick Songwriter’s Club With hosts Brooke Russell and Mitch Power date & time Saturday 10 & 17 March, 4–6.30pm venue Brunswick Mechanics Institute access Seated free all ages Brunswick Songwriter’s Club is back due to popular demand. Head down to the Festival Hub at Brunswick Mechanics Institute for two music-filled and free Saturday afternoons. Meet other local musicians, hear originals from your hosts or write your name on the board to get up and share your own song (or favourite cover). Have some fun and try out new material, plug an upcoming show or simply do something outside of your ordinary! All are welcome to watch or join in and enjoy the spontaneity of live and local music. Get in early to secure your spot. BYO instruments.
Festival Info Tickets & Box Office
Online at brunswickmusicfestival.com.au
This year we are introducing the Brunswick Music Festival Hub at the newly refreshed Brunswick Mechanics Institute. For two weeks the Hub will host many of this year’s shows, along with our professional development series, free live music in the Brunswick Bitter bar, your go-to for pre and post show drinks and to soak up the festival atmosphere. Check the website for Festival Hub opening hours and free live music schedule.
In person at the BMF Box Office The box office is located at Brunswick Mechanics Institute, the Festival Hub.
Opening Hours Mon 26 Feb – Sat 3 Mar, 4–7pm Sun 4 Mar, 12–7pm Mon 5 – Wed 7 Mar, 4–9pm Thu 8 – Fri 9 Mar, 4–10pm Sat 10 Mar, 4–7pm Sun 11 Mar, 2–7pm Mon 12 – Wed 14 Mar, 4–9pm Thu 15 – Fri 16 Mar, 4–10pm Sat 17 Mar, 11.30am–1.30pm & 4–10pm Ticket Terms & Conditions All advertised ticket prices and fees include GST. No ticket refunds or exchanges. Ticket fees are charged on top of ticket price at $2.50 per ticket plus 1.3% credit card merchant fees on total order. If you have an enquiry about an existing ticket order, please call Eventfinda on 1800 710 499 between 7am and 6pm Monday to Friday. Brunswick Music Festival ticketing terms and conditions are set in accordance with the Live Performance Australia Ticketing Code of Conduct. Please check the website for full ticket terms and conditions.
Venues Blak Dot Gallery 33 Saxon Street, Brunswick Brunswick Baths 14 Dawson Street, Brunswick Brunswick Library Sydney Road & Dawson Street, Brunswick Brunswick Mechanics Institute (Festival Hub) 270 Sydney Road, Brunswick Howler 7–11 Dawson Street, Brunswick Rubix Warehouse 36 Phoenix Street, Brunswick Shore Reserve 223 Reynard Street, Pascoe Vale South
Sydney Road Street Party Sydney Road between Union Street and Victoria Street, Brunswick
Brunswick Music Festival provides the following ticket offers:
The Jazzlab 27 Leslie Street, Brunswick
– Purchase six or more full price tickets to one show and receive a 15% discount
The Spotted Mallard 314 Sydney Road, Brunswick
– Purchase two full price tickets to three or more shows (minimum six tickets) and receive a 15% discount
The discount applies automatically on checkout. Please note: there is a limited allocation of tickets available for these offers for all shows at Howler and The Jazzlab and they do not apply to shows at Blak Dot Gallery or The Spotted Mallard. 28
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Getting There Festival & Hub precinct on and around Sydney Road
For up to date travel information visit the Public Transport Victoria website – ptv.vic.gov.au
Blak Dot Gallery • Brunswick Baths • Brunswick Library • Brunswick Mechanics Institute • Howler • Rubix Warehouse • Sydney Road Street Party • The Jazzlab • The Spotted Mallard
Brunswick Music Festival makes every effort to be a sustainable festival and implements strategies to minimise the festival’s impact on the environment. Please check the website for full listing of this year’s initiatives.
Take the Upfield Line to Jewell or Brunswick Station. These stations place you within walking distance of the main festival venues and Hub. By tram During the festival Take the #19 Tram North Coburg – City (Elizabeth Street). Stop 21 on Glenlyon Road places you within walking distance of the main festival venues and Hub.
Brunswick Music Festival is dedicated to making our festival as inclusive and accessible as possible. Please refer to individual event listings in the printed program and on the website for accessibility details and for full festival accessibility information please download the PDF from the website.
During Sydney Road Street Party Take the #19 tram North Coburg – City (Elizabeth Street). Stop 19 at Brunswick Road places you at the city end of the event road closure.
Companion Card holders qualify for a second ticket at no extra cost to the cardholder. Please contact Eventfinda on 1800 710 499 between 7am and 6pm Monday to Friday for assistance with your booking.
Please note: Trams will NOT run on Sydney Road between Brunswick Road and Moreland Road between 9am–9pm.
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The Upfield Bike path at Dawson Street places you in close proximity of the main festival venues and Hub.
Roll Up Bike Valet is back at Sydney Road Street Party in 2018! Ride down to avoid car parking dramas and packed trams. Roll Up will be ready and waiting in the car park opposite Brunswick Baths to give you and your bike a VIP valet experience.
Music For The People, Shore Reserve Take the #55 tram Domain Interchange – Pascoe Vale South. Stop 42 at the intersection of Reynard Street and Melville Road puts you within walking distance of Shore Reserve.
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Contacts Contact the festival team via email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 9240 1111.