Scene News: Darebin Music Feast Announces 2017 Program

Darebin Music Feast is back in 2017, this time charged with a spirit and lustre for live music, inclusion and inspiration like never before.Spanning eleven consecutive days in October, the Feast will showcase the incredible breadth of talent thriving in Melbourne’s North.

*12–22 OCTOBER, 2017*

*Thursday October 12*
Opening Night (The Red Dusty Road) @ Darebin Arts Centre

*Thursday October 19*
Songwriter’s Award Grand Final @ Northcote Town Hall

*Saturday October 21*
Mana @ Northcote Town Hall

*Sunday October 22 *
The Reservoir Stomp @ Reservoir Bowls Club
The Feast’s 100% inclusive theme is yet another bold move from the Darebin
Council and the stunning centrepiece of the Darebin Music Feast platter is
*Mana*, (Saturday 21 October at Northcote Town Hall), the result of Darebin
Councils’ ground-breaking AMPLIFY mentoring program which invited
early-career female, trans or gender non-conforming music event producers
who live, work or study in the city of Darebin to enjoy a leg up in the
competitive music industry. Successful applicant, *Daisy Catterall*, has
produced an event celebrating queerness and people of colour, under the
mentorship of *Bexx D* (LISTEN).

The opening night will feature Australia’s premier Aboriginal band, *Coloured
Stone*. Along with special guests including *Shane Howard, Kutcha Edwards,
Bart Willoughby* and *Yung Warriors*, the band will take audiences on a
musical journey spanning 40 years. The concert will be followed by an after
party curated by *Hannah Donnelly *(Sovereign Trax), featuring an
all-female line-up of young Indigenous musicians, including *DJ KYAANZ*
(Willow Beats) and *DJ Soju Gang*.

*The Megaphone Project* is a similarly compelling event that features
twenty-five striking red megaphones which collect voices that then return
unexpectedly via a custom wireless network. The installation will appear at
five different sites across the municipality throughout the Feast.

The annual *Darebin Music Feast Songwriters’ Award Grand Final* is a
regular fixture of the festival, showcasing the finest song writing talent
in the area. Finalists perform for esteemed judges Peter Farnan, Sophie Koh
and Kutcha Edwards in a bid to take out an amazing prize package including
$2000 cash and studio time. Previous winners of the award include Jordie
Lane, Sal Kimber and Brooke Russell. Who will be discovered this year?

*Darebin Live* will weave its way throughout the North during the Feast,
featuring eleven days of non-stop live music celebrating our amazing live
music scene from rock, folk, hip hop and jazz through to Balkan, big band
and Brahms.

The riotously successful *Reservoir Stomp* has been incarnated as the
event’s Closing Party in 2017, turning Rezza’s Bowls Club into a suburban
shindig for the ages featuring acts from *The Fauves *to* Murray Wiggle +
Wally Meanie’s Bubblegum Machine* featuring members from The Spazzys. It’s
not the only family-friendly event in Darebin Music Feast’s canon – many of
the events in the packed program are kid friendly and wheelchair accessible.

Whether you’re a shoe-gazer, a toe-tapper or a full-blown body-shaker,
there’s something on the Feast’s vast menu for everyone! Get stuck in. usicfeast

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