Reviews – St Kilda Festival 2013 (Festival Sunday)

For a festival that nearly didn’t go ahead, St Kilda Festival put together an eclectic mix of talented and well-known Australian musicians in their lineup this year.

Rides, market stalls, food stalls, stages and thousands of people adorned the closed off streets of St Kilda’s main precinct on the ever-popular Festival Sunday.

My friends and I predominantly attended the festival to check out the bands, so we didn’t quite experience all that was on offer on the day. However, I was opened up to new music as some of the artists I watched were artists I’d never bothered listening to.

Upon arrival at the festival our group split up and my friend and I were off to see Aussie MC Pez who fittingly polished off his mid afternoon set with The Festival Song. As the event was a family affair, Pez apologised to the parents in the audience for swearing in front of their young kids.

– Photograph taken by Lillian Altman

We reconvened with the rest of our group and as we were walking back to the area of the main stage a couple had just become engaged on stage. This was the second time in two months this had occurred before my eyes, with a guy popping the question to his girlfriend on the stage at one of The Living End’s Retrospective Tour shows in December just passed.

Following the proposal was a set from John Butler-esque blues and roots crooner/guitarist Ash Grunwald. However, today he didn’t perform as his usual one-man band! He introduced special guest musicians to the stage Scott Owen (double bass) and Andy Strachan (drums) from The Living End who supported his entire set. Their set was filled with funky, laid back bluesy tracks.

John Butler's twin brother?

– Photograph taken by Lillian Altman

Taking a break from the music, we opted out of sampling the festival food stall delights, and instead went for a quick bite from the cafe-filled Acland Street. A quick trip to the O’Donnell Gardens, the tiny crook of park next to Luna Park, saw us bopping to the opening track of party animals Northeast Party House before heading to the main beach area for the headliners of the festival, The Cat Empire.

Party time north east style

– Photograph taken by Lillian Altman

Recently celebrating ten years performing around the world together, Melbourne’s favourite jazz band performed a one-hour set as the sun set across the skyline of the beach. The lads got the crowd moshing and singing along to their classics, as well as road-testing a handful of new tracks which will hopefully feature on their next release due out later this year.

It's Raining cats and jazz

– Photograph taken by Lillian Altman

Unfortunately there was no encore in sight as the lights of the rides became more distinct and the festivals goers searched for friends lost throughout the day

All in all, it was well worth going ahead with the festival this year as the precinct was constantly packed out with thousands of festival lovers and the artists were drawing in big crowds.


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