On Saturday 20 February 2016, across four music stages and throughout the city, the music program for White Night Melbourne 2016 will deliver the equivalent of 100 hours of live entertainment from more than 220 performers.

The four music stages; Trip the Light Fantastic, Grooves on Bourke, Live on Lonsdale and The Blues Speakeasy Stage as well as classical performances in St Paul’s Cathedral: Silver Rain: Illuminated Opera, Luminesce and Classical Revolution; will showcase a variety of music genres including jazz, blues, funk, R+B, soul, world music, pop, hip-hop, dance, electronic, classical, country, instrumental and rock.

“There’s something for everyone and the best of everything on offer at this year’s White Night Melbourne. It’s going to be a great event, and the music line-up announced today means revellers are in for a real treat.”

“These are the events that we do so well. Nothing says Melbourne quite like a festival like White Night. Major events like these are crucial to Victoria’s economy – they mean more opportunities for our businesses and a stronger State,” commented Minister for Tourism and Major Events John Eren.

Artistic Director Andrew Walsh AM said, “While this year’s program is distinctly local, the musical influences span the globe from Africa, South America, India, New Orleans, New York and our own traditional and contemporary Indigenous musicians.

“Iconic Australian musician Robert Forster, soulful Indigenous artist Emma Donovan and the Putbacks and hard hitting hip-hop act Briggs are just a few of the ‘must-see acts’ that come to mind in what is an incredibly strong and diverse roster of musicians.”

The music program for White Night Melbourne 2016 includes:

Trip the Light Fantastic, Birrarung Marr

Dance the night away at Birrarung Marr with Trip the Light Fantastic, a massive open-air dance floor that will light up the night. Grab your partner and put on your dancing shoes for 12 hours of dance mania as Melbourne’s movers and shakers boogie and jive their way through a veritable smorgasbord of dance tunes from around the globe.

White Night Trip Light


Grooves on Bourke, Bourke Street Mall

Chill with the cool kids at Grooves on Bourke. Hip, swingin’ jazz cats and those who dig the soul and funk, will descend onto Bourke Street Mall where live music will play for 12 hours, featuring hot, swinging jazz, New Orleans street party vibes, Hammond fuelled grooves, soulful vocals and mind blowing improvisation.

White Night Grooves on Bourke


Live on Lonsdale, Lonsdale Street

Go loud and proud at Live on Lonsdale with a stellar line up of Melbourne musos spanning pop to rock and everything in between.

White Night Live on Lonsdale


The Blues Speakeasy Stage, Alexandra Gardens

Swing on by White Night’s very own ‘speakeasy’. Musicians from Melbourne’s thriving blues scene come together for a night of rocking grooves and down-home blues. Recreating the ‘speakeasy’ atmosphere of the 1930s and 40s, this night of swinging tunes, primitive boogie and bluesy riffs will have the crowd on their feet for a little Mississippi mayhem – Melbourne style!

White Night Blues Speakeasy


Silver Rain: Illuminated Opera, St Paul’s Cathedral

A captivating concoction of visuals and voices. Award-winning sisters and rising opera sensations Kirilie and Ruth Blythman join forces with talented Melbourne projection artist Michael Carmody to create a truly immersive and evocative performance. Using the poetic music of Ricky Ian Gordon as a canvas, Silver Rain explores themes of nature, fantasy, creativity and time, found in the words of famous American poets including Langston Hughes, Dorothy Parker and Emily Dickinson.

Luminesce, St Paul’s Cathedral

A groundbreaking collaboration among vocal ensemble Invenio, video artist Robert Jarvis and composer Gian Slater, Luminesce melds voice, movement and projection to create a luminescent musical landscape. Winner in the ‘live’ category of the 2015 International Visual Music Award, Luminesce explores a pattern-oriented musical landscape derived from a visual perspective. Within the parameters of symmetry, form and velocity, the compositions create a new system and performative environment for this vocal ensemble.

Classical Revolution, St Paul’s Cathedral

Discover a classical oasis in the heart of White Night. Curated to complement the ebb and flow of the night as it evolves through the hours, be transported by performances from Australia’s most exciting and vibrant young classical musicians.


The set times for the music stages are:

Trip the Light Fantastic

1900-1915 Djirri Djirri Dance

1915-1930 Melbourne Djembe – Firefly

1930-2015 Hasta La Cumbia

2015-2030 Melbourne Djembe – Firefly

2030-2115 Hasta La Cumbia

2115-2130 Melbourne Djembe – Firefly

2130-2215 Lamine Sonko & The African Intelligence

2230-2315 Quarter Street

2330-0000 Lamine Sonko & The African Intelligence

0010-0050 Shiamak Dance Team

0115-0200 Quarter Street

0215-0300 Funk Buddies

0315-0400 Sol Nation

0415-0500 Funk Buddies

0515-0600 Sol Nation

0615-0700 The Footscray Gypsy Orchestra


Grooves on Bourke

1900-2000 Donut

2020-2120 Heather Stewart ‘Sing, String, Swing’

2140-2240 Horns of Leroy

2300-0000 Dig We Must

0020-0120 Kylie Auldist

0140-0230 Cookin’ on 3 Burners

0250-0350 Wild Gladioli feat Kerri Simpson

0410-0510 Checkerboard

0530-0630 The Art & Beauty of Deep Listening


Live on Lonsdale

1930-2010 Ruby Boots

2030-2110 Thelma Plum

2130-2210 Robert Forster

2230-2310 Harpoons

2330-0010 Sampa the Great

0030-0110 Briggs

0130-0210 Gold Class

0230-0310 Emma Donovan & The Putbacks

0330-0410 Harvey Sutherland

0430-0545 Otologic

0615-0700 Planete


The Blues Speakeasy Stage

1900-1950 SIB

2015-2105 TK Reeve

2130-2220 The Screamin’ Honkies

2245-2335 Chris Russell’S Chicken Walk

1200-1250 The New Savages

0115-0205 Cat Fish Voodoo

0230-0320 Miss Whiskey

0345-0435 White Lightnin’

0500-0545 Rattlin’ Bones Blackwood

0600-0645 Tom Dockray


White Night Melbourne, Australia’s only all night celebration of culture and creativity and a genuine urban adventure returns for the fourth year for one night only on Saturday 20 February 2016 from 7pm to 7am, featuring local, national and international artists and works.

White Night Melbourne is the city as you know it, turned on its head in a dusk ‘til dawn celebration. A night where the surreal seems real, White Night Melbourne is a rare opportunity to experience the city in a different light.

The event makes the impossible possible through installation, lighting, exhibitions, street performances, film, music, dance and interactive events taking place in the streets and laneways, parklands, public spaces and cultural institutions of Melbourne.


For more information on the artists in the music program please visit: www.whitenightmelbourne.com.au


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