Here's what we've locked in so far. We always keep a few tricks up our sleeves, so stay tuned.
Hailing from regional Victoria, Indigenous singer/songwriter Benny Walker is the real deal. His love songs and epic tales are mixed with passion for the land, the people, summer vibes and deep grooves are the elements that reach the soul. In July 2016 Benny was nominated for four National Indigenous Music Awards (NIMA Awards)
Think banjo, whiskey and summer afternoons in the backyard.
Sit back and soak up the beauty of Jane McArthur soulful vocals, poetic lyrics and lush orchestrations with her band.
Exquisite bansuri flute melodies of divine Indian music to fill your heart and soul
Born into one of India’s greatest flute-playing families Vinod Prasanna shines as a traditional and contemporary Indian musician. Vinod’s emotive and divine flute playing is simply Indian classical music at its finest continuing a family legacy that celebrates more than two-and-a-half centuries of Indian music.
Piano player, singer -songwriter Pugsley Buzzard continues to delight audiences far and wide with his unique blend of heals all ills snakeoil musical elixir. Playing powerhouse stride, boogie and blues inflected funky piano and making ladies sigh and grown men cry with his mesmerizing voice. Pugsley can be found performing around the world in an array of musical venues from intimate shows in jazz clubs and bars to the concert stage at festivals. Solo, Duo Trio or with a ten piece line up Pugsley is guaranteed to deliver a mind blowing show.
" Pugsley Buzzard is probably the finest purveyor of hoodoo since Cab Calloway first conjured the ghost of Smokey Joe up from the depths and one of the most dangerously alluring blues singers since Howlin’ Wolf first rasped out Smokestack Lightning. Lachlan J Macdougall Faces the Music.
Tetrauq Quartet bring a fresh perspective to an exquisite selection of string repertoire from Bach and Hadyn through to Morricone, Philip Glass and more. Musicians are Naomi Durston violin, Ross Henderson violin, Myfanwy Hunter viola and Francesa Mountfort cello.
Artwork from Myfanwy Alderson
DJ Emma Peel is Melbourne's first lady of go-go. Since 2008 she has been hosting her popular weekly radio show, Switched On, on Melbourne's PBS FM. She's been collecting records and DJing for more than 15 years across Australia and at international events including the Falls Festival, Queenscliff Music Festival, Melbourne Fringe Festival, La Mirada Film Festival, Lorne Performing Arts Festival, Ponderosa Stomp (USA), the 184.108.40.206's Australian tour and at jazz clubs in Italy and France. Between 2001-2007 Emma hosted Melbourne's longest running Go-Go club, Blow-Up - a unique monthly event which featured go-go dancers, bands, psychedelic lighting and suave DJs. A connoisseur of all things 1960s, she'll have you shaking like a wild thing to sounds across the world from this golden era in music. Expect boogaloo, latin soul, jazz, tropicalia and European beat.
Have your inner sanctum schmaltzed awake & let your inner pop explode with The Church of Burt - led by Emma Bathgate aka The Dilapidated Diva with Hot Burt Band; Simon Eszeky, Dan Witton & Jim Dunlop.
Grumpy Neighbour is a musical journey into the Australian heartland. More colonial than country, more gothic than western, their tales traverse the historical, geographical and personal experience of being here, in this place. Told with humour, wit and pathos, Grumpy Neighbour evokes an unmistakably antipodean sensitivity in its rhythms, melodies and harmonies across a variety of instruments, and styles. It is not Americana for Australian audiences; it is a contemporary old time approach to the vast endemic wealth of Australian stories and experiences that set this country apart from its antecedents and its peers, real folk ‘n’ country.
Since 2011 The Danny Walsh Banned have performed unmissable shows reminiscent of Joe Cocker’s Mad Dogs and Englishmen tour of the 1970s. Their brand new album – The Dirt and the Sky – has the harshest of Melbourne music critics raving. From swamp blues to piano-driven rock’n’roll, Aussie boogie, and southern soul, the album needs to be played loud and preferably through an old pair of speakers on the back verandah as the sun goes down. See what all the fuss is about.
Hot Wings Band is the hottest, freshest, juiciest, surfiest, swingiest, boogiest, bestest night of musical entertainment this side of the crack house!
Surf, swing, rockabilly, guitar boogie
This guitar fiddle duo rip the roof off the cabin and let the fresh air in with their fine gypsy jazz & old school rhumbas. Both masters of their art - Andrew McMurray & Nigel MacLean play pure pleasure for the ol' ear holes!
Alt Folk four piece Hugh McGinlay and the Recessive Genes are masters of hedonistic blues, raw ballads and everything in between, this band will have you reaching for your dancing shoes. Hugh McGinlay and his band are a hardworking crew, have played across the world and are known for their powerful live shows and deft song craft
Papa Chango delivers like no other bringing audiences to a sweat on packed dance-floors with their Ethiopian inspired funk mash-up of psychedelic guitar lines and scatterings of broken brass. Unique in Melbourne thriving scene this on fire 8 piece groove on a gritty edge, melding banging technique with playful exuberance.