Melbourne is home to hundreds of festivals each year ranging from free concerts in the gardens to long rave weekends in the Australian countryside.
A particular festival highlight for me is much closer to home – St Kilda fest. Held once a year in the height of the summer, St Kilda fest runs over a weekend and welcomes all with free entry and plenty on offer for all the family and young people alike. The festival is an opportunity for up and coming Australian artists to showcase their music in the most artsy city of the country. I discovered new artists such as Bec Sandridge and Gretta Ray- both talented musicians who received a great reception from the crowd. Another favourite was Drapht, a hip hop artist from Perth who performed the extremely catchy “Jimmy Recard” into the night on the main stage.
Aside from the music, there was an abundance of street food stalls and Nandos gave out free chips for those who braved the lengthy queue! The ferris wheel and fairground rides were also a hit with a view looking over the beach and across to the city it really is a spectacular setting.
Another free festival I have attended was a concert in the botanical gardens, part of the Sidney Myer series. The music was based on Romeo and Juliet making it a very theatrical and entertaining performance!