City of Port Phillip

Special Events

A note from the future of live music

Set inside a village of belle tents, hear imaginative stories, wild ideas and futuristic vibes around the art of live music.


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

PBS 106.7FM DJ Emma Peel

Kick off the festivities at Acland Plaza! Dig for new music at the Crate Digger Record Fair, witness live performances, try local bites and watch PBS DJ Emma Peel broadcast her “Switched On” program live at our pop up party. Twist and shout to rhythm and blues, bossa nova, samba, soul-jazz and funk. Plus, a live performance from New-Orleans inspired brass combo Horns of Leroy.

Celebrate the opening of the festival with a Beat-curated line up of incredible garage, soul and blues artists in Port Melbourne’s best kept secret: Starward Distillery.


This is shaping up to be a very special night. From 6pm until 9pm Loch St, St Kilda will be closed off to traffic for the local community to come together to mark the changing face of the Gatwick Hotel and to celebrate Roomers Magazine turning 21. That’s 21 years of poetry and prose from countless writers who have lived or are living in rooming houses throughout Port Phillip.


To celebrate St Kilda’s live music history, join us for the launch of the St Kilda Jazz Heritage Tour website. Created by writer/filmmaker Kaye Blum, this project honours St Kilda’s jazz legacy from the 1920s to today through its people, places, music and memories. It features a digital map with historic images and information on key jazz locations to explore online or self-navigate a walking tour.

Live N Local is proud to host the Southside album launch of The Senegambian Jazz Band’s self-titled debut album in the iconic Memo Music Hall.

The Senegambian Jazz Band fuses Afro jazz, deep world music beats, and funk to create some truly awe-inspiring rhythms and melodies. The members, hailing from Gambia, Senegal, Ethiopia, Ghana and Australia have come together to share their outstanding talent and flair, combining the improvisational spirit of each heritage.

One Door Closes

…and another door opens. For one night only an incredible cast of Melbourne vocalists, musicians and songwriters unite to present the sounds of hope. Hear songs and stories about regret, missed opportunities, hope, survival and fighting back. Each vocalist will perform heartfelt original compositions, and songs written by local artists that have inspired them.