Following on from the phenomenal success of River Rink, the city’s most iconic open-air ice skating experience, the winter fun continues at Fed Square. Fed Square Live – a rich and diverse program of live music featuring independent and emerging talent – comes to Fed Square for the first time during winter and consolidates Fed Square’s position as the hub of winter activity in Melbourne.
Presented in collaboration with the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) and sponsored by City of Melbourne these weekly pop up concerts will bring colour, movement and music to the Square. Think festoon lighting, warming fire-pits, comfy chairs, a selection of warming winter food, delicious mulled wine and you have the idea. Running from 7 – 9pm every Thursday in August, Fed Square Live will be hosted in The Square and ACMI Bar & Cafe as part of the Fed Square Winter program.
A performance platform for some of Australia’s top independent acts and emerging talent, the Fed Square Live program is rich in diversity and style.
Launching on Thursday 3 August, the debut Fed Square Live winter concert, features Rya Park whose haunting pop atmosphere and ethereal vocals have been making waves in the Melbourne music scene. Next up that night is the fierce synth, vocal and trumpeting duo, Au Dré.
Au Dré deliver the perfect combination of a contemporary “banger” with the sophistication and energy of old school funk and R’n’B and are sure to warm up the coldest of winter nights.
Mike Waters takes to the stage on Thursday 10 August and brings his “stunning, infectious and captivating” musical gems to The Square. Bring on the fresh sound from Melbourne’s most exciting, emerging singer-songwriter Ariela Jacobs, and we have a crowd pleaser.
Get ready for a rollicking night of blues, roots, rock and jazz as Emilee South and The Louis King Trio hit the stage. Emilee’s velvet vocals and Louis King’s searing jazz vibes are the perfect backdrop to an evening in Fed Square on Thursday 17 August.
Hip Hop and Soul will be the order of the day on Thursday 24 August as Zimbabwean born singer, songwriter and spoken word poet Niasha, takes the stage, bringing her fresh take on soulful pop melodies. Next up, the inimitable Kaiit pushes musical boundaries with her neo-soul meets hip hop vocals, and raw talent that will leave you hungry for more.
Wrapping up the series on Thursday 31 August, French Gypsy Punk inspired Cyclo Timik and avant pop outfit Umlaut will be a powerhouse of sound theatre! Umlaut is the musical venture of Mr Bungle saxophonist and multi-instrumentalist Bär McKinnon. From lush, filmic orchestrations and twisted pop to an infectious mix of gypsy rock and punk, there will be something for everyone!
Music lovers can come to expect the unexpected at this amazingly diverse, fascinating and engaging pop-up season of live music in winter.
Head to fedsquare.com/events/fed-square-live for more information or refer to the attached backgrounder for more detailed biographies of the artists.
The winter showcase that is Fed Square Live is the destination for live music lovers, every Thursday night in August. With music from 7pm -9pm and an array of delicious winter food warmers popping up around The Square, Fed Square Live ticks all the entertainment boxes.
Fed Square Live is presented by Federation Square in collaboration with ACMI and is sponsored by City of Melbourne
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