Taking Fed Square Live to the winter months for the very first time, Fed Square and ACMI present a series of five free concerts throughout August.
Nestled into the upper plaza and ACMI Bar & Café, this music series will engage local and emerging artists, from a number of genres.
A message from the Lord Mayor of Melbourne about Fed Square Live:
“Grab your coat and get ready for a magical winter’s night in Melbourne.
During the cooler months, there’s plenty to do in the city after dark such as the Fed Square Live – Winter Series, which is co-presented by ACMI.
Local and emerging artists take to the stage every Thursday night during August for a series of free concerts so get some friends or colleagues together and head to Fed Square for a fun night out. What a great way to warm up a chilly winter’s night!
The City of Melbourne is a proud supporter of the Fed Square Live – Winter Series, a celebration of our city’s creativity.”
Fed Square Live Program:
3 August – Rya Park + Au Dré
Rya Park is an indie pop singer/songwriter from Melbourne who has been making waves around the Melbourne music scene. She is a prolific songwriter and established performer with an air that draws influence from artists like PJ Harvey and Lorde. She presents a haunting pop atmosphere that showcases her otherworldly vocals.
Au Dré is a collaboration between Producer/Keyboardist extraordinaire JamBau (James Bowers) and Vocalist/Trumpeter Audrey Powne. The two will be familiar to Melbourne music lovers as resident members of Sex On Toast, The Do Yo Thangs, True Live, Clever Austin, The Vaudeville Smash and many more. The pair was bought together over a shared love of maximalist electronic music by the likes of Pomrad, Lone and Hudson Mohawke and an equally affectionate passion for late 70‘s/early 80’s Disco/Dance music from Herbie Hancock and Chaka Kahn and lesser known gems like Donald Blackman and Cameo. In an attempt to fuse together these two infatuations Au Dré deliver the perfect combination of a contemporary “banger” with the sophistication and energy of old school funk and R’n’B.
10 August – Ariela Jacobs + Mike Waters
Ariela Jacobs is a singer-songwriter from Melbourne, Australia. Still relatively new to the scene, you may recognise Ariela from her viral collaborations with Goldroom and ALIUS. Her new EP ‘Say So’ will be out later this year, with the teaser track ‘Leave Your Light On’ already garnering a huge online following.
Introducing, MIKE WATERS. Having spent the past 10 years working in the corporate world it came as a complete shock to colleagues, friends and family when Mike casually revealed he had secretly been writing songs in his bedroom…. Incredible songs. The first ‘demo’ that he showed people quickly raced to be the number one most-played track on triple j Unearthed and pricked the interest of music industry types both locally and internationally. Since then the Melbourne-via-Adelaide songwriter has been busy writing more songs and the result is his debut EP, LIFE, an honestly written collection of musical gems which has earned comments from critics such as “stunning”, “infectious” and “captivating”.
17 August – The Louis King Trio + Emilee South
Melbourne born Louis King is best known as the guitarist in outrageous ’80s funk, soul and searing pop outfit Sex on Toast, or as the bluegrass darling of The Collingwood Casanovas. However jazz in the mainstay of King’s own band, comprised of organ, drums and guitar, this trio has played all around Melbourne.
Following her first release, Emilee has been touring with an electrifying 7-piece band, complete with backing singers & partner-in-crime, baritone-slinging Matt Dixon. Playing shows & festivals in Sydney, Adelaide and Perth, as well as supporting the likes of Ruby Boots, WILSN, Skyscraper Stan & The Commission Flats and The Teskey Brothers. Back in Melbourne, they headed straight for the studio to record Emilee’s sophomore EP, ‘MOTEL’. Recorded live over two days at The Aviary Recording Studio, ‘MOTEL’ features Matt Dixon on Baritone Guitar, Josh Barber on Drums and Ben Franz on Double Bass. Producing a sound much darker, a little dirtier and a lot more rock’n’roll than her debut. With a slew of special guest vocalists, such as Al Parkinson, Broads and Skyscraper Stan, ‘MOTEL’ lays comfortably on a bed of velvet backing vocals.
24 August – Niasha + Francois
NIASHA is the true definition of dynamites in a small package! Singer, songwriter, spoken word poet and much more, this Zimbabwean born bundle of bliss will surely get you in your feels as she delves into the topics of love, identity and a fulfilled life. She is fresh on the music scene but fast uprising and is set to leave your soul taste buds tingling for more.
Melbourne artist FRANÇOIS is leading a new wave of artists who are pushing the boundaries of contemporary Australian hip-hop. As the soundscape evolves, the 23-year-old is evolving with it. A singer, songwriter, rapper and producer, François has a creative mind overflowing with ideas and ambitions.
François’ inspirations come from far beyond the realm of rap, evident in his genre-bending sounds that meld hip-hop, pop and electronic synths. His fresh outlook on music is assembled from an interest in art, design and fashion and influenced by his diverse musical interests that span from Coldplay to Kanye West.
His music echoes tales of hard work, perseverance and champagne dreams of success.
31 August – Cyclo Timik + Umlaut
Dark, twisted, witty, funny and, at times, strangely romantic elements, are rolled up into one energetic and theatrical Melbourne based, French inspired band – Cyclo Timik! Fronted by the charismatic, and at times, enigmatic, Monsieur Guilbert, the group fuse together an infectious mix of “French musette”, Gypsy music and punk rock, with dark and powerful stories of love, loss and the strange nuances that encapsulate everything from fetish to a broken heart. Influenced by the likes of Negresses Vertes and Gogol Bordello, Cyclo Timik is Edith Piaf meets Mike Patton! Put on your dancing shoes, this is one act to get loose to!
Bär McKinnon, former sax player from San Francisco’s seminal Mr. Bungle brings his specific brand of cartoonish, pop inspired tunes to the world with his Melbourne-based outfit: Umlaut. After spending years on the international circuit as a member of Mr. Bungle and the Secret Chiefs 3, Bär (pronounced “bear”) settled in Melbourne and went into hibernation, writing a mountain of songs. The result is Umlaut. Playing like a film score, Umlaut is a mix of Burt Bacharach-infused pop set in a cartoon-like world. The offbeat tunes fuse saxophone, flute and keyboards with more traditional rock guitars–an appealing mix that is quirky, energetic and beautiful.
Wrap your hands around a cheeky mulled wine and expect the unexpected this winter – Thursday nights in The Square just became the new kickstart to your weekend! Trying to figure out the best way to get to Fed Square? Walk, catch public transport or cycle and plonk yourself down for a night of entertainment.
Co-presented by: ACMI
Local Government Sponsor: City of Melbourne