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The Weekender: January 31 – February 2

Meld Magazine

Thu Jan 30 2014


CATCH a Led Zeppelin tribute show, make it a day out at the St Kilda Festival, shake off those two left feet at the Melbourne Latin Summer Festival or spend a Sunday evening at the Fairfield Amphitheatre for their Summer Concert Series. Daniel Driscoll has you covered this weekend.

Corner Hotel Re-lives Led Zeppelin
Friday, January 31 (8.30pm); Corner Hotel (57 Swan St, Richmond)

Get down to the Corner Hotel this Friday to experience an exclusive show that re-lives the 1972 Led Zeppelin Kooyong gig in Melbourne as the tribute band plays the original set list track-for-track.

As well as the set list, the all-star local band will be belting out plenty of fan favourites. The band line-up consists of Ash Naylor on guitar, Danny Leo of King of the North on drums and Stephen Hadley of Tex Perkins on bass. Guest vocalists include Dave Larkin of Dallas Crane and Vika Bull.

Rock out to the show at one of Melbourne’s best known venues. Tickets are $30.

Get your tickets and more info at the Corner Hotel’s site

St Kilda Festival
Saturday, February 1 (12.30 pm) to Sunday, February 9; St Kilda Foreshore + Various venues

The St Kilda Festival is one of Melbourne’s biggest and longest running street festivals.

A lively music and street event, the St Kilda Festival kicks off on Saturday with Yalukit Wilum Ngargee: People Place Gathering – an indigenous arts and music event held in O’Donnell Gardens. This welcoming event by the local clans’ people features local and interstate musicians, kids’ activities and community stalls.

From Sunday, the festival will showcase acts at venues around the municipality with local musicians, comics and poets performing. Live performances, art exhibitions and an open air cinema keep the vibe going during the week leading up to Festival Sunday.

For an in depth look at the festival head over to our story by Sol AhnFor more information check out St Kilda Festival’s official site

Melbourne Latin Summer Festival
Saturday, February 1 – Sunday, February 2 (12.00pm – 9.00pm); Federation Square, River Terrace (Corner Swanston St and Flinders St, Melbourne) & Birrarung Marr, Lower Terrace (Batman Avenue, Melbourne)

The Melbourne Latin Summer Festival is a free event running across two days and is situated in Federation Square and Birrarung Marr.

The festival will include roving performers showcasing Brazilian inspired circus acts and artists dressed as animals. It wouldn’t be a Latin festival without the music and there will be plenty of that with live bands and DJs performing throughout the event.

If you need a little help with those two left feet, there are outdoor dance classes on offer to help you improve your groove. There will also be plenty of parades featuring dances including Salsa, Cumbias, Samba and Capoeira.

For those wanting to try some food from the region, there will be vendors providing a wide range of street foods predominantly focused on Latin cuisines from Chile, Mexico, Colombia, Argentina and Brazilian inspired dishes all available in one area. Dance, eat and enjoy!

Celebrations kick off at 12.00 noon each day and will run till 9.00pm.

For more information check out the official website for the Latin Summer Festival

Fairfield Amphitheatre Summer Concert Series
Sunday, February 2 (5.00 – 7.30 pm); Fairfield Amphitheatre (Fairfield Park Drive, Fairfield, 3078)

The Fairfield Amphitheatre Summer Concert Series begins by celebrating the Horn of Africa with traditional and contemporary music and dance from Ethiopia and Eritrea, and a circus show from Westside Circus.

The Amphitheatre overlooks the Yarra River and has played host to outdoor events since it was first built in 1985. It’s the perfect way to end a lazy Sunday.

Bring a rug and a picnic or grab something from the onsite kiosk and enjoy the free dance and music.

More information about the Fairfield Amphitheatre Summer Concert Series can be found at the event page over at Multicultural Arts Victoria.