In great news for live music lovers, Australia’s most beloved music festival, St Kilda Festival, is returning in 2022. The Festival will look a little different next year, spread over nine days to allow for a COVID-safe approach, while continuing the focus on some of the nation’s best musicians over multiple stages as well as satellite activations and online events. Presented by City of Port Phillip, the Festival will take place 5 – 13 February across three high-profile St Kilda locations:

O’Donnell Gardens and Acland Street: Saturday 5 February

South Beach Reserve at the iconic foreshore: Wednesday 9 – Saturday 12 February

Catani Gardens and Fitzroy Street: Sunday 13 February

The full program will be announced on 10 January and will again showcase some of the nation’s best musicians over multiple stages. The much-anticipated return of the Festival champions a diverse line-up with a focus on showcasing First Peoples talent throughout the 9-day format.

Some highlights include:  Daryl Braithwaite, Gordi, Barkaa, Baker Boy (pictured below left), Kee’ahn, KYE, The Lazy Eyes with more than 50 additional acts yet to be announced.

Returning for 2022 is the highly-regarded New Music Competition which recognises the importance of promoting opportunities for emerging musicians. This year the competition will be run online with the performances available for the public to view and vote for on the Festival website and screened onsite at the Festival. The crowd favourite will take home a $5,000 cash prize, as well as an invitation to perform at the St Kilda Festival Main Stage in 2023.

Renowned as one of Australia’s largest and longest running free music and cultural events, the Festival brings significant economic benefits to St Kilda while celebrating and promoting Australian talent. The Festival has seen many formats since its inception over 40 years ago. Most recently, it was a one-day event, consistently attracting more than 400,000 visitors to the foreshore.

St Kilda Festival’s diverse program features live Australian music, dance performances, workshops, sports demonstrations, community group activities, food and market stalls, extended business trading, roving entertainment and a dedicated family-friendly stage.

Saturday 5 – Sunday 13 February 2022