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2019 St.Kilda Festival

Australia’s largest free music festival is calling on musicians, children’s entertainers, community groups, charities, events and performers to take part in the 2019 St.Kilda Festival!

Set to attract over 400,000 patrons on Sunday 10 February, the St Kilda Festival is a unique and iconic event that brings together a community through shared experience and gathering together. The streets of St Kilda will be closed to traffic with the pick of Australia’s best musicians playing over multiple stages, along with a vast range of performances, workshops, kids’ entertainment, sport, dance, carnival rides, buskers and more.

City of Port Phillip Mayor, Cr Bernadene Voss welcomes the annual Festival in the municipality, encouraging people to apply to showcase their talent and entertain the community and visitors alike. “The St Kilda Festival is a flagship event for the City of Port Phillip which aims to engage the community with access to a diverse range of entertainment. We’re calling on participants nationwide to take part in 2019, and encourage everyone to apply!”

Applications are now open in the following categories:
New Music Stage
Hailed as a highlight of St Kilda Festival, the New Music Stage offers Australia’s best emerging musical talent the chance to play at the country’s largest free music festival. Ten Australian acts will be selected to play, with the crowd favourite winning $5,000 and an invitation to play the Main Stage at the 2020 Festival. See further details below.

Events and Activities
The Festival is on the lookout for events and activities to place around the Festival precinct and create a much-loved Festival vibe. They’re looking for a wide variety of entertainment to engage people of all ages; whether to watch or take part.

Children’s Entertainment
Each year, the St Kilda Festival hosts a dedicated Kidzone stage and precinct, providing fun performances and activities for the whole family. The Festival are on the lookout for performers, face painters and activities to dazzle young minds.

Charity Partners
Registered charities are invited to submit a proposal for an activity or activation at St Kilda Festival. Working in collaboration with Festival organisers, charity partners have the opportunity to contribute to the vibrant carnival atmosphere on the day, while gaining invaluable access to the Festival audience to raise funds and promote awareness of their organisation.

Applications close Friday 28 September 2018.

For further details and to register your interest, visit the Festival website: or contact the Festival office on 03 9209 6490 for more information.



St Kilda Festival organisers are calling on bands and musicians from around the nation to play the coveted New Music Stage at next year’s Festival. Set to attract over 400,000 patrons on Sunday 10 February, the St Kilda Festival is hailed as
Australia’s largest free music festival and is committed to providing opportunities and support to emerging Australian artists.

Ten bands will be chosen to play on the New Music Stage, with the crowd favourite taking home $5,000 and an invitation to play the St Kilda Festival Main Stage in 2020.

The New Music Stage has hosted some of Australia’s hottest musical talent  including Client Liaison, The Cactus Channel, Missy Higgins, Baker Boy and Husky.
Applications for the New Music Stage are open to bands and musicians who reside in Australia. Applications close Friday 28 September 2018.

For details and to apply, visit  or contact the Festival office on 03 9209 6490 for more information.

A non-refundable fee of $34 applies to New Music Stage entries. In line with St Kilda Festival’s policy of supporting Indigenous participation, the entry fee will be waived for bands that have a member / members who identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander.


Update as at January 19, 2019

St Kilda Festival returns for the 39th year on Sunday, 10th February 2019, with over 60 acts performing throughout the day, across seven stages spread out along the foreshore and around St Kilda. Crowds are expected to surpass over 400,000 on the day – with last year’s festival setting a new record of 460,000.

Headlining artists the Main Stage at St Kilda Festival 2019: 
  • The Northern Folk (2018 winners of the New Music Stage Competition) 
  • Regurgitator’s Pogogo Kids Show 
  • Mojo Juju 
  • Troy Cassar-Daley
  • Saskwatch
  • The Preatures
  • The Cat Empire 
  • DZ Deathrays
This year, St Kilda Festival has over 50% female fronted/solo acts, and also has one or more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander act on all five main stages!
Catani Gardens will be transformed into the wondrous Little Catani, with a kids’ carnival, art installations, storytelling, face painting and a stage featuring Byron Rock n Roll outfit Bunny Racket, alongside eight-year-old pop/rap trailblazers Lit Queens, the rising stars of the Fitzroy Clubhouse music circuit.
Update as at February 4, 2019

2019 St Kilda Festival Stage Line-up

Main Stage O’Donnell Gardens Stage
12:15pm The Northern Folk 11:45am The Seven Ups
1:15pm Regurgitator’s Pogogo Kids Show 1:00pm Tasman Keith
2:30pm Mojo Juju 2:15pm Estere
3:45pm Troy Cassar-Daley 3:30pm Olympia
5:00pm Saskwatch 4:45pm Haiku Hands
6:15pm The Preatures 6:00pm Ceres
7:45pm The Cat Empire 7:15pm Slum Sociable
9:15pm DZ Deathrays 8:30pm Dance Party Pyrotechnics Association

Alfred Square Stage The Push Stage
11:30am Oetha 12:00pm FReeZA Push Start Comp Grand Final
12:45pm Wala 4:40pm Yergurl
2:00pm Vardos 5:50pm P-UniQue
3:15pm Arte Kanela Flamenco 6:55pm Nancie Schipper
4:30pm Dallas Frasca 8:00pm Slowly Slowly
5:45pm Ukulele Death Squad
7:00pm Adalita

New Music Stage Fitzroy Street Stage
11:20am Squid Nebula 11:20am Nat Vazer
12:20pm Niine 12:20pm Lubulwa
1:20pm FLOSSY 1:20pm Slim Jeffries
2:20pm Port Royal 2:20pm Bernadette Novembre
3:20pm Little Lord Street Band 3:20pm Daniel Elia
4:20pm JAMO 4:20pm Tanya George
5:20pm Libby Steel 5:20pm Approachable Members Of Your Local Community
6:20pm Hvncoq 6:20pm IV League
7:20pm The Merindas 7:20pm DRMNGNOW
8:20pm MANE 8:20pm Two People

Songwriters Collective Stage Little Catani Stage
12:00pm Jade Talbot 10:00am Yogabean
12:45pm Thea Lang 10:50am Niq Reefman
1:30pm Damien Van de Geer 12:00pm Sean Choolburra
2.15pm Dear Matilda 1:15pm Rockerobics
3:00pm Jayden Lillyst 2:10pm Lit Queens & YSB
3.45pm Jimmy Harwood 3:05pm The Maes
4.30pm Jess Hieser 4:15pm Bunny Racket
5:15pm Alex Hughes
6:00pm Ben Smith Band


A crowd of over 400,000 is expected to make its way to St Kilda this Sunday for the annual St Kilda Festival. Returning for its 39th year, Australia’s largest free music festival will take place on Sunday 10 February, with festivities and performances kicking off from 10am and running throughout the day until 10pm.

St Kilda’s iconic streets will again be transformed into one of Australia’s largest community events; with a fusion of free live music, dance, carnival rides, sports, market stalls, kids’ activities, extended business trading and entertainment for all ages.

Australian artists will be showcasing their talents throughout the day across seven stages, with more than 60 of the nation’s hottest musical talents performing. The 2019 line-up features acts including The Cat Empire, The Preatures, DZ Deathrays, Saskwatch, Adalita, Slum Sociable, Olympia, Slowly Slowly, Troy Cassar-Daley and more.

What: The largest free music festival in Australia
When: 10am – 10pm, Sunday 10 February
Where: St Kilda, 3182
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