City of Port Phillip


Check out the full line up of Live N Local artists that will be performing throughout the week. Get to know each artist, preview their sound and start planning your Live N Local experience. 


Deep within Melbourne’s inner north suburbs, BATZ was born. Consisting of vocalist Christina Aubry, bassist Dali Platt, guitarists Jakob Kagan & Jim Stirton and drummer Joshua Aubry; the 5 piece found themselves gathered around a table drinking whisky & wine and decided the time was right to create music for those who love the afterhours. Drawing sounds reminiscent of Blondie, Yeah Yeah Yeah’s, The Divinyls & the B52s, one can expect a live show with a lot of sassy grit.

Benny Walker

A Yorta Yorta man from Echuca, Benny Walker is the real deal and a star in the making. His killer voice and epic tales are mixed with a deep groove and passion for the land. Recent offerings SAVE and Oh No You Don’t shot to No. 1 on the AMRAP charts; the latter earning him four NIMA 2016 nominations and the award for “Best Aboriginal Talent” at The Age Music Victoria Awards.


Recognising the impossibility of truly innovative creation in the 21st century, Cowsmuff have appropriated and stolen almost all of the component material that makes up their songs: Post-Post Modern Music composition. Of course all modern music is like this, but Cowsmuff are proud to admit it.

Emillee South

With powerful vocals and fierce guitar playing, Emilee South pairs throwback rhythm & blues with hints of voodoo, unrequited love, fevers and late-nights. Turning heads off the back of her sophomore EP Motel, she'll be checking in with her full band once more – fresh from launching her record with a sold-out show at The Gaso. 

PBS DJ Emma Peel broadcasts her “Switched On” program live at the Acland Plaza Pop Up Party! With special live performances during the show by Jess Ribeiro, Monique DiMattina and the African Traditional Music Ensemble.

Fulton Street are making waves with their powerful message and music, beginning with their debut single, ‘Young People’ which received radio-play on Triple J, BBB 6, ABC and PBS 106.7FM plus scored a place on The Craig Charles Funk & Soul Club, Vol. 4 compilation via Freestyle Records. Their high-octane performances have seen Fulton Street perform at Melbourne Music Week, Stonnington Jazz Festival and Bluesfest sideshow support slots. 


Born in Detroit, raised in Germany, Hachiku can best be described as a global artist whose bedroom studios are perpetually changing. She formed her sound at 16 while on a road trip across the U.S with her dog before relocating to London and then recently Melbourne. Her bedroom beats have already been creating a buzz – opening for Courtney Barnett on her 2015 European tour and recently featured as part of Split Singles Club, a collaborative project curated by Milk! Records and Bedroom Suck.

Jess Ribeiro

Her songs are cinematic in scope: it’s music that travels, across deserts like a Western, through city streets like Film Noir. Narrative and poetic, Ribeiro’s lyrics are rhythmic and evocative, conjuring images that are dimly-lit, but nonetheless electric. Jess’s debut album Kill It Yourself was produced by Mick Harvey, a founding member of The Birthday Party and Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, whose production for PJ Harvey drew Ribeiro’s attention and admiration.

Joshua Tavares

A regular in the Melbourne Soul Music scene, Joshua has been singing and performing in Melbourne for over 10 years in original and covers projects including The Mad Hatters, Le Soul, Tavares; as a professional backing singer for touring acts; and acoustically and in bands as Joshua Tavares.

La Bastard

Serving up a potent cocktail of rockabilly, surf and rock, Melbourne party animals La Bastard will be raising the roof and causing a ruckus blasting through tunes from their new album Trouble.

Tickets free, places limited. RSVP here


With a voice that will capture your attention and a performance that will leave not a single dry eye, Australian songstress Maxon is ticking all of the right boxes. Maxon presents an all-new brand of self-empowering pop whilst remaining true to a refreshing and raw style of songwriting. Challenging themes like unconditional love, heartbreak, change and human strength, her EP ‘New World’ gives us freedom and reminds us to keep life simple.


Mayfield fuse soulful beats, smooth melodies and powerhouse vocals to give a classic sound a modern urban twist. Add a pinch of funk and a teaspoon of R&B and you’ve got one delicious combination of sonic flavours. Hot off the release of their debut album, ”Victim of Circumstance”, don’t miss Mayfield at Live N Local. 


Creator of six albums and a Fulbright Scholar, singer/songwriter/pianist Monique diMattina is a creative force, known for her energetic performances and regular Triple R and ABC 774 segments, writing bespoke songs to listener requests.  A recipient of the prestigious Queens Trust awards for Masters Study in New York City she has worked with Lou Reed, Bjork, and Jimmy Cobb and recorded her 1st album ‘Live at the 55’ at the iconic 55 Bar in Greenwich Village.


Rock out at our official after party in the unassuming warehouse that secrets the Melbourne Moonshine Distillery. 

Sid O'Neil

Frontman of revered Australian band The Vasco Era, Sid O'Neil graces the stage for a rare solo set.

Simon Burke

Simon is the singer and key writer for Melbourne soul band 'The Meltdown' (Hopestreet records). Known for his smooth and soulful voice and 'country soul' writing style, The Meltdown are nearing the end of their first sold out East coast tour.


Zimbabwean’s own singer-songwriter Thando oozes passion as a storyteller and takes her audiences on a personal journey of loving oneself and reflection. Incorporating electronica to R&B and Soul music, her music has paved the way to appearances at BIGSOUND and Strawberry Fields in 2016, as well as an electric set at St Kilda Festival in 2017.

Thee Wylde Oscars

Established in 2009, the uniformly dressed foursome, Thee Wylde Oscars are high-energy music - equal parts garage and rock n roll with a splash of R&B. Wearing their 50s and 60s influences proudly (reminiscent of The Sonics, Animals): driving beat, soaring organ, Chuck Berry inspired guitar and whiskey soaked vocal stylings of a band possessed.

Xani Kolac

Violinist, songwriter and composer, Xani is a graduate from the VCA and one half of drums/violin duo, The Twoks. She has performed and recorded with artists and bands such as You Am I, Tim Rogers, Alpine, Bliss N’ Eso, David Bridie, Clare Bowditch and Martin Martini & the Bone Palace Orchestra.

Brooke Taylor and Delsinki Records

Dynamic Duo Delsinki Records (Craig Johnston) and Brooke Taylor come together to bring you punchy Country Pop and gritty Blues.

Horns of Leroy

Melbourne’s favourite second-line New Orleans inspired brass band. 

Catch them at South Melbourne Market from 9am and Acland Plaza from 11am on Saturday 19 August.

Joyce Prescher

Heartfelt compositions.

The Rebelles

Continue the party at the end of the PBS 106.7FM Acland Plaza Pop Up Party at Big Mouth next door with a set from The Rebelles.

Ukulele powered songs.

Elwood Community Choir

Elwood’s newest vocal combo. Catch them at Esplanade Market Sunday 20 August at 11am or for early birds, 8am at Off the Rails Cafe as part of our Commuter Carols sessions. 

Jam Jar

Jam Jar are a highly energetic trad jazz band smashing together the upbeat dixieland sounds of Melbourne and New Orleans.

Adam Rudegeair

Jazz and boogie piano.

Avenida Sol

Six of Melbourne's finest musicians have come together to form Avenida Sol - "Sunshine Avenue". Even on the greyest Melbourne day, the sweet harmonies and infectious rhythms of Avenida Sol will have you believing you're on a sunny avenue in Havana, Cuba. And whilst there, you cannot help but dance! Son, Rumbero, Salsa. If you know the steps, show us your style. If you don't, show us your style too please

Brian Eldorado and the Tuesday People

Brian El Dorado and the Tuesday People is a dynamic 7-piece band hailing from Melbourne. El Dorado’s eclectic style is a fusion of Funk, Soul, Blues and Rock that has been described in Beat as ‘Truly Versatile’. Fresh from rocking the large festival stage at Folk Rhythm and Life and headline shows at The Night Cat, The Cherry Bar and Gasometer. The band is releasing material from their much-anticipated second album Wildfire.

The Decibelles Pop Choir

Huge harmonies and songs everyone loves.

Delinksi Records & Justin Brady

Alt-folk Melbourne act Delsinki Records is teaming up with electrifying harmonica player Justin Brady in a very special live and intimate gig at the St Kilda Library.

St Kilda based Delsiki Records have collaborated with the likes of Coby Grant, The Australian Chamber Orchestra, Brooke Taylor, Stacy Gray and Melbourne Ska Orchestra in incredible live performances that have achieved both national and international acclaim.

Elwood Community Choir

Elwood’s newest vocal combo. Catch them at Esplanade Market Sunday 20 August at 11am or for early birds, 8am at Off the Rails Cafe as part of our Commuter Carols sessions. 

Northern Folk

Eleven musical ambitionists spreading their unique brand of folk/pop into the roots of small towns and big cities alike.

India is a land known for its diversity and its rich musical heritage. And when it comes to India’s music, it truly is a colourful offering of differing tastes and genres. There’s folk music. There’s spiritual music. There’s classical music of two kinds – Hindustani and Carnatic. There is the IndiPop music segment and then of course, there is Bollywood and Kollywood music.

Melbourne African Percussion Ensemble

The Melbourne African Traditional Ensemble brings together traditional instruments and artists from around Africa to develop new musical concepts.

Sylvia Fonteyn

Join us for 3 sets of soulful and sassy sounds, new and old from songstress Sylvia Fonteyn for your aural pleasure.

Jump to it Fridays: The Breakdown
Come down on Friday & Saturday nights in the main bar from 9:30pm. We have a selection of cool blues, soul, funk, old school reggae and r&b bands in every week!
Ras Jahknow
Ras Jahknow  blazes new soul and fresh rhythms into what is described best as culturally rich, roots reggae music. Weave through the diverse native sounds from the African island nation of Cape Verde, Brazil, Tanzania and Mauritius to Australia. The band embodies a vision of unity, respect and peace.