Welcome from Moreland Mayor Cr John Kavanagh

It is my great pleasure to welcome you to the 2018 Brunswick Music Festival.

In 2018, Melbourne’s longest running inner-city music festival celebrates its 30th year and continues to reflect the exciting and diverse local music community, along with all that Brunswick has to offer.

This year’s festival showcases both local talent and international artists – all sharing stages across Brunswick’s iconic music venues. Along with the gamut of concerts and shows, we’re also excited to premiere our professional development series and the Brunswick Mechanics Institute as the festival hub.

As in previous years, the 2018 festival is proud to offer a range of free events, including the ever-popular Sydney Road Street Party and Music for the People. We look forward to welcoming those from both near and far to join in these celebrations.

I encourage you to explore the exciting program and look forward to seeing you at one of the many shows across our great city.

Cr John Kavanagh
Mayor of Moreland

Welcome from Music Programmer Chelsea Wilson

I am thrilled to return as Music Programmer for the 30th Brunswick Music Festival. I would like to congratulate Moreland City Council on achieving this significant milestone and thank the musicians, festival staff past and present, crew, venues and music lovers who have made this festival a staple of the Brunswick experience for the last three decades.

To celebrate, we present two weeks of incredible shows across the suburb. Discover why artists from Ghana to Iceland, United Kingdom to Cuba and Papua New Guinea to United States travel to Brunswick and perform in our local venues. Dance to reggaeton, desert blues and hip hop; enjoy inspiring concerts; take the stage at our open mic sessions and bring the whole family to our fun outdoor festivities.

I look forward to celebrating with you at the 2018 Brunswick Music Festival and hope you love the program.

Chelsea Wilson
Music Programmer

Acknowledgement of Country

Brunswick Music Festival respectfully acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the land upon which the event is held. We pay our respects to the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nations and their Elders past and present. We recognise the continuing connection of all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to their Country.

About

Brunswick Music Festival is a much-loved annual music event and runs for two weeks each March. In 2018, Australia’s longest running inner-city music festival, celebrates 30 years of bringing the very best music talent, both local and international, to the stages of Brunswick.

The 2018 program is set to attract those from near and far to a multitude of engaging curated experiences including ticketed concerts, free large-scale events, a newly launched professional development series and our new festival hub, Brunswick Mechanics Institute.

Highlights of the program include the free opening event, Sydney Road Street Party, which sees Sydney Road transformed into a heaving extravaganza of sounds, smells and sights and the free closing event, Music for the People, an afternoon of artists and atmosphere in the surrounds of Shore Reserve.

Brunswick remains one of the most vibrant hubs of live music in Melbourne, which is reflected in its status as one of the top suburbs songwriters hail from Australia-wide. Brunswick Music Festival supports and further promotes Brunswick’s reputation as a home to creativity and culture.

Brunswick Music Festival runs from 4 – 18 March and is proudly presented by Moreland City Council and Festivals Moreland.

Ticket Info & Box Office

Eventfinda is Brunswick Music Festival’s ticketing partner. Please refer to individual event pages for booking details. Tickets can be purchased online or in person from the Brunswick Music Festival box office.

Ticket fees are charged on top of ticket price at $2.50 inc GST per ticket plus 1.3% credit card merchant fees on total order.

If you have an enquiry about an existing order, please refer to Eventfinda Support page HERE or call 1800 710 499 between 7am and 6pm Monday to Friday.

Details of the location and opening hours for the Brunswick Music Festival Box Office are coming soon.

Ticket Offers

Brunswick Music Festival is offering the following ticket offers:

  • Purchase six or more full price tickets to one show and receive a 15% discount
  • Purchase two full price tickets to three or more shows (minimum six tickets) and receive a 15% discount.

The discount will apply automatically on checkout.

Please note there is a limited allocation of tickets available for these deals for all shows taking place at Howler and the offers do not apply to shows taking place at The Spotted Mallard.

Venues

Brunswick Baths
14 Dawson Street Brunswick VIC  3056
Website

Brunswick Mechanics Institute
270 Sydney Road Brunswick VIC  3056
Website

Howler
7-11 Dawson Street Brunswick VIC  3056
Website

Rubix Warehouse
36 Phoenix Street Brunswick VIC  3056
Website

Shore Reserve
223 Reynard Street Pascoe Vale South VIC  3044

Sydney Road Street Party
Sydney Road between Union Street and Victoria Street

The Spotted Mallard
314 Sydney Road Brunswick VIC  3056
Website

Festival Hub

For the 2018 festival, we’re thrilled to introduce the newly refreshed Brunswick Mechanics Institute as the festival hub. Centrally located at the corner of Sydney Road and Glenlyon/Dawson Roads Brunswick Mechanics Institute is within walking distance of most of the festival venues as well as being one of the key festival venues!

Brunswick Music Festival is taking over the space for the two weeks of the festival where we will be presenting many shows along with our professional development series. The box office will also be operating out of the hub as will the Brunswick Bitter bar, your go-to for pre and post show drinks, free live music and to soak up the atmosphere.

Festival hub opening times and free performance program coming soon.

Getting There

Festival & hub precinct on and around Sydney Road
(Brunswick Baths, Brunswick Mechanics Institute, Howler, Rubix Warehouse, Sydney Road Street Party and The Spotted Mallard)

By train

Take Upfield Line to Jewell or Brunswick Station. These stations place you within walking distance of the main festival venues and hub.

By tram

During the festival
Take #19 Tram North Coburg – City (Elizabeth Street). Stop 21 on Glenlyon Road places you within walking distance of main festival venues and hub.

During Sydney Road Street Party
Take the #19 tram North Coburg – City (Elizabeth Street). Stop 19 at Brunswick Road places you at the city end of the event road closure.

Please note: Trams will NOT run on Sydney Road between Brunswick Road and Moreland Road between 9am–9pm.

By bike

The Upfield Bike path at Dawson Street places you in close proximity to the main festival venues and hub.

Roll Up Bike Valet is back at Sydney Road Street Party in 2018! Ride down to avoid car parking dramas and packed trams. Roll Up will be ready and waiting opposite Brunswick Baths to give you and your bike a VIP valet experience.

Music For The People, Shore Reserve

Take #55 tram Domain Interchange – Pascoe Vale South. Stop 42 at the intersection of Reynard Street and Melville Road puts you in walking distance of Shore Reserve.

For up to date travel information visit the Public Transport Victoria website.

Get Social

Facebook @brunswickmusicfestival

Instagram @brunswickmusicfest

Twitter @brunsmusicfest

Email festivals@moreland.vic.gov.au

#BMF18

Accessibility

Brunswick Music Festival is dedicated to making our festival as inclusive and accessible as possible. Accessibility information will be added to the individual event pages shortly and a PDF containing full festival accessibility information will be made available for download here soon. If you require further information or assistance booking your Brunswick Music Festival tickets, please contact the festival team via email festivals@moreland.vic.gov.au or phone 9240 1111.

Sustainability

Brunswick Music Festival makes every effort to be a sustainable festival and implements strategies to minimise the festival’s impact on the environment. In 2018 Brunswick Music Festival will see:

  • A ban on sales of single use water bottles by stall holders at Sydney Road Street Party
  • A ban on single use of plastic bags by stallholders at Sydney Road Street Party
  • No single use water bottles provided for artists at Brunswick Music Festival performances
  • Program printed on 100% recycled paper stock
  • The festival working within the eco-conscious venue management framework of Brunswick Mechanics Institute for all activity at the festival hub

Media

For all media enquiries, please contact Deathproof PR via email info@deathproof.com.au.

Volunteers

Volunteering is a great way to get amongst the action, gain skills, make new friends and build your networks. Volunteer applications are currently closed. Join our mailing list to be the first to hear when applications open.

Performer & Stall Holder Applications

Sydney Road Street Party and Music for the People performer applications closed Monday 14 August.

Brunswick Music Festival Performer applications closed Friday 1 September.

Sydney Road Street Party Stallholder applications closed Friday 3 November.

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History

Held annually in March since 1989, Brunswick Music Festival is in its 30th year. As one of Victoria’s premier music festivals it is a major music event firmly established in the festival landscape.

Sydney Road Street Party, launched in 1994, is Brunswick Music Festival’s opening event. The free one-day party celebrates the best of Brunswick, the music, the people and the traders, and attracts festivalgoers from across Melbourne.

For the first 20 years, the Festival was directed and delivered by John McAuslan and his team at Across the Borders. We acknowledge John and his team for their passion and commitment and the strong foundations they laid for years to come.

In 2008, Performing Arts Moreland (PAM) was established as a not-for-profit company to support the development of the performing arts in Moreland including management of Brunswick Music Festival, including Sydney Road Street Party. PAM delivered the 2009 – 2013 festivals and engaged co-producers Strut & Fret to bring the 2014 – 2016 festivals to life. PAM and its Directors made a huge contribution to the ongoing development of Brunswick Music Festival.

In January 2015, the Board of PAM decided to return management of the festival to Moreland City Council, and Council went on to develop a consolidated approach to festival and event management within the municipality.

Moreland City Council has been Brunswick Music Festival’s principal supporter and primary funder since its inception and as it continues to grow and evolve, Council is proud to once again be producing and presenting the event.

Past Festival Programs

Take a trip down memory lane and flick through past festival programs.

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Ticket Terms & Conditions

Look after your ticket as you would cash. It must be presented in order to gain admittance to the event without exception. The barcode uniquely identifies the ticket and the purchaser and can be redeemed only once.

Brunswick Music Festival may refuse entry to all subsequent ticket holders presenting tickets a redeemed ticket.

Tickets are sold by Eventfinda Ltd as agent for and on behalf of Brunswick Music Festival.

Tickets cannot be refunded or exchanged once purchased except in accordance within the applicable laws of Australia. Tickets may not be on-sold at a premium, offered as a prize or used for promotional purposes without the written permission of Brunswick Music Festival.

Brunswick Music Festival may restrict items that may be brought into an event, and may perform a bag search prior to entry. The event promoter reserves the right to withdraw, replace, add or substitute artists or performers without notice.

If an event is postponed, purchased tickets for the original date will be valid for the new date unless otherwise advised.

When presenting concession tickets, companion card tickets or entering events with an age restriction in place, appropriate identification must be shown. If suitable identification is not presented, you may be refused admittance to the event. Latecomers may not be admitted.

The full terms and conditions of sale can be viewed on the Eventfinda website HERE.

Companion Card

Brunswick Music Festival supports the Companion Card. If you require a companion to attend any ticketed Brunswick Music Festival show with you, we require you to pay only for your own ticket. A second ticket will be issued for your companion at no charge upon request at the box office or book by calling Eventfinda on 1800 710 499 between 7am and 6pm Monday to Friday.

For any other assistance booking Companion Card tickets, please contact the festival team via email festivals@moreland.vic.gov.au or phone 9240 1111.

Credits

Graphic Design Atticus Design
Web Design New Method
Publicist Deathproof PR

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply to perform?

Sydney Road Street Party and Music for the People performer applications closed Monday 14 August.

Brunswick Music Festival Performer applications closed Friday 1 September.

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How do I apply for a stall at the Sydney Road Street Party?

Stall holder applications for the Sydney Road Street Party closed on Friday 3 November.

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When is the full program announced?

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What’s the difference between the Brunswick Music Festival & The Sydney Road Street Party?

BRUNSWICK MUSIC FESTIVAL

Brunswick Music Festival is a much-loved annual music event that runs for two weeks each March. Australia’s longest running inner-city music festival, in 2018 celebrates 30 years of bringing the very best music talent, both local and international, to the stages of Brunswick. The 2018 program is set to attract those from near and far to a multitude of engaging curated experiences including ticketed concerts, free large-scale events, a newly launched professional development series and our new festival hub, Brunswick Mechanics Institute.

SYDNEY ROAD STREET PARTY

Sydney Road Street Party is Brunswick Music Festival’s free opening event and celebrates the best of Brunswick – the music, the people and the traders. It attracts festivalgoers from across Melbourne and sees Sydney Road transformed into a heaving daylong extravaganza of sounds, smells and sights.

When do tickets go on sale?

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