Welcome

Cr Helen Davidson
Mayor Moreland City Council

Cr Helen Davidson

After several years as Principal Partner, Moreland City Council is delighted to once again be producing and presenting Brunswick Music Festival and Sydney Road Street Party in 2017.

This exciting program features exclusive shows from international artists, never before seen in Australia, alongside the best homegrown talent across a range of specially commissioned shows, showcases and premieres – all of which strengthen Brunswick’s reputation as a music hub with an enviable creative identity and sound.

Council is proud to continue its significant commitment to creativity and expression through music as it brings many great social, cultural and economic benefits to our community.

We hope you get out and enjoy all that Brunswick Music Festival and Sydney Road Street Party has to offer.

I look forward to seeing you there.

Chelsea Wilson
Music Programmer

Chelsea Wilson

I am honoured to program the 2017 Brunswick Music Festival and delighted to share our first artist announcement. Two incredible acts from as far as the West Sahara and the deep south of the United States will be travelling to Melbourne’s inner north in March for two very special events.

Firstly, we welcome Sahrawi vocalist Aziza Brahim, Aziza’s music and story is deeply moving and I cannot wait to hear her live, accompanied by her five-piece band from Barcelona. Her voice is beautiful, her compositions are stunning and her journey from the refugee camps of Hamada to an international touring artist is truly inspirational.

Our second artist announcement, and another Melbourne debut, is the unstoppable, high-octane The Hot 8 Brass Band from New Orleans who will be joining us for one show only and I am thrilled to welcome them to Brunswick. Celebrating the release of their new album and 21-year anniversary, don’t miss their Melbourne show at Estonian House, one of the suburbs best-kept secrets.

I hope you can join us at these shows, and I look forward to sharing the full program with you in the New Year.

About

Brunswick Music Festival is Australia’s longest running inner-city music festival, an institution much loved by Melbourne and proudly presented by Moreland City Council.

Whilst Brunswick strikes a musical chord on any given day year round, during Brunswick Music Festival it hits its high note. With a near 30-year history, it’s one of Melbourne’s biggest, genre-diverse annual music happenings.

For two special weeks in March, Festival acts and attendees occupy all the familiar places, unforeseen spaces, streets and sidewalks of Brunswick.

Brunswick Music Festival ensures its suburb lives up to the accolade of number one Australian suburb for songwriters and its reputation as home to creativity and culture.

A free and ticketed program of scorching genre-straddling performances and experiences comes courtesy of both top-shelf artists from all around the world and our own extraordinary known-and-loved local artists and record labels.

It includes premiere venue and outdoor concerts, street parties, club shows, showcases, special commissions, launches and intimate late-night programming.

To kick off the Festival, Sydney Road Street Party sees upwards of 60,000 people fill Sydney Road from Union to Victoria Streets, for a day of music, performances, food and culture that puts the cornucopia of Moreland’s diversity front and centre.

To close, Music For The People, a free family concert, continues the celebration of Moreland’s cultural riches with an evening of music, food, activities and more.

Venues

Amelia Shaw
280 Sydney Rd, Brunswick

Barkly Square
90–106 Sydney Road, Brunswick

Brunswick Library
Corner of Sydney Road and Dawson Street, Brunswick

Brunswick Town Hall
233 Sydney Road, Brunswick

Coburg Town Hall
90 Bell Street, Coburg

East Brunswick Hotel
280 Lygon Street, Brunswick East

Howler
7–11 Dawson Street, Brunswick

Rubix Warehouse
36 Phoenix Street, Brunswick

RRR Performance Space
221 Nicholson Street, Brunswick East

Shore Reserve, Pascoe Vale
233 Reynard Street, Pascoe Vale South

The B.East
80 Lygon Street, Brunswick East

The Brunswick Green
313 Sydney Road, Brunswick

The Mechanics Institute
270 Sydney Road, Brunswick

The Penny Black
420 Sydney Road, Brunswick

The Retreat Hotel
280 Sydney Road, Brunswick

The Spotted Mallard
314 Sydney Road, Brunswick

Wick Studios
23 Leslie Street Brunswick

BMF Box Office

The BMF Box Office located on the The Mechanics Institute forecourt, 270 Sydney Road Brunswick and will be open every day from Monday 27 February to Saturday 18 March.

BMF Box Office Opening Times

Monday 27 February to Saturday 4 March, open 3pm–7pm

Sunday 5 March (Sydney Road Street Party), open 12pm–7pm

Monday 6 March to Saturday 18 March:
> Sunday to Tuesday open 3pm–7pm
> Wednesday to Saturday open 3pm until late

Getting There

Sydney Road Festival Precinct

By train
Take Upfield Line to Jewell or Brunswick Station. These stations put you within walking distance of the main festival venues.

By tram
During the festival: Take #19 Tram North Coburg – City (Elizabeth Street) Stop 21 on Glenlyon Rd places you within walking distance of main Festival venues.

By bike
We suggest taking the Upfield Bike Track.

During Sydney Road Street Party, Sunday 5 March

Take the #19 tram from the City to Stop 19 at Brunswick Road.
Take the #19 tram from Stop 27 at Donald Street to North Coburg.
Trams will NOT run on Sydney Road between Brunswick Road and Moreland Road between 9am–9pm.

Roll Up Bike Valet

Roll Up Bike Valet is back at Sydney Road Street Party in 2017! Make sure you ride your bike 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.

Coburg Town Hall
(The Hot 8 Brass Band)

By tram
Take the #19 tram from the City. Stop 34 at the corner of Sydney Road and Bell Street, Coburg puts you in walking distance of Coburg Town Hall.

By train
Take the Upfield line to Coburg train station. Coburg Town Hall is a ten minute walk from the station.

By car
Free public car park in Urquhart Street, behind Coburg Town Hall.

Shore Reserve Pascoe Vale
(Music For The People)

Take the #55 tram from the City. 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.

Festival Bars

The BMF Brunswick Bitter bar will be serving up the finest local drinks during the Festival. Opening an hour prior to the show start time each night shows are on at Brunswick Town Hall and located in the Brunswick Town Hall foyer. The Mechanics Institute Bar will also be open for an hour prior to shows at the venue. There will be a pop-up bar operating at Estonian House on the night of The Hot 8 Brass Band.

Connect With Us

Facebook @brunswickmusicfestival

Instagram @brunswickmusicfest

Twitter @brunsmusicfest

Email festivals@moreland.vic.gov.au

#BMF17

Volunteer with Us

Brunswick Music Festival is seeking 15-20 volunteers to work three shifts over the course of the Festival (all volunteers would be required to participate at the Sydney Road Street Party). Each volunteer would do at least one front of house shift as well as gaining experience in areas such as stage management, event risk management processes, box office and artist liaison.

As well as gaining hands on experience in dynamic event environment volunteers will also receive tickets to the BMF, access to artists and networking opportunities, and an official BMF t-shirt!

To apply, download and complete the application form here.

For further information, please contact us via festivals@moreland.vic.gov.au.

Ticket Terms & Conditions

All advertised ticket prices include GST. A booking fee of 50c per ticket is applied in addition to the full ticket price. Credit card purchases made online and in person attract a 1.70% fee in addition to the total purchase amount. Once purchased there is no right to refund or exchange on tickets.

Brunswick Music Festival terms & conditions are in accordance with Live Performance Australia Ticketing Code of Conduct.

Accessibility

With the exception of The Spotted Mallard and Amelia Shaw all venues are wheelchair accessible. If you have specific accessibility requirements, please phone 03 9240 1111 between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday, or email festivals@moreland.vic.gov.au.

Unity: International Women’s Day Concert will be Auslan interpreted.

Companion Cards

Companion Card holders qualify for a second ticket at no extra cost for the cardholder. Please contact the Festival directly to assist with your booking.

Performer & Stall Holder Applications

Performer and stall holder applications for the 2017 Brunswick Music Festival (including Sydney Road Street Party and Music For The People) are now closed. Join our mailing list to be the first to hear when applications open for 2018.

Past Festival Programs

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

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History

Brunswick Music Festival, held annually in March since 1989 is in its 29th year.

It is one of Victoria’s premier music festivals and a major cultural event firmly established in the festival calendar.

The Sydney Road Street Party was launched in 1994 and is Brunswick Music Festival’s opening event, a free one-day street festival for the community along Sydney Road.

For the first 20 years, the Brunswick Music Festival was directed by John McAuslan and delivered with his team at Across the Borders.

We acknowledge John and his team’s passion and commitment for the strong foundations they laid down for years to come.

In 2008, Brunswick Performing Arts Moreland (PAM) was established as a not for profit company to manage the Brunswick Music Festival, including the Sydney Road Street Party and to support the development of the performing arts in Moreland.

The organisation delivered the 2009 – 2013 festivals and engaged co-producers Strut & Fret to work in partnership with them to bring the 2014, 2015 and 2016 festival to life.

PAM and its Directors made a huge contribution to the ongoing development of the Brunswick Music Festival, making it what it is today.

In January 2015, the Board of PAM decided to return management of the Brunswick Music Festival to Moreland City Council, enabling Council to develop a consolidated approach to event management and the performing arts within the municipality.

Moreland City Council has been Brunswick Music Festival’s principal supporter and primary funder since the very beginning.

As the event continues to grow and evolve, Council is both delighted and proud to once again be producing and presenting the event.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply to perform?

Performer applications for the 2017 Brunswick Music Festival (including Sydney Road Street Party and Music For The People) are now closed. Join our mailing list to be the first to hear when applications open for 2018.

When does the Box Office open?

The BMF Box Office is located on the The Mechanics Institute forecourt, 270 Sydney Road Brunswick and will be open every day from Monday 27 February to Saturday 18 March.

BMF Box Office Opening Times

Monday 27 February to Saturday 4 March, open 3pm–7pm

Sunday 5 March (Sydney Road Street Party), open 12pm–7pm

Monday 6 March to Saturday 18 March:
> Sunday to Tuesday open 3pm–7pm
> Wednesday to Saturday open 3pm until late

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

Stall holder applications for the 2017 Sydney Road Street Party are now closed. Join our mailing list to be the first to hear when applications open for 2018.

When is the full program announced?

The full program has been announced and tickets to all shows are on sale via the Program page of our website.

For all the latest news and updates, please join the Brunswick Music Festival mailing list below.

Where can I get a print program?

From Wednesday 1 February, programs will be distributed all around the Moreland area and at cafes and venues across Melbourne.

If you would like to receive a copy in the mail, please send us a message via the Contact Us page and we will post one out to you.

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

BRUNSWICK MUSIC FESTIVAL: 5-19 March 2017
Brunswick Music Festival includes a program of scorching genre-straddling performances and experiences courtesy of both top-shelf artists from all around the world and our extraordinary local artists and record labels. Free and ticketed events include premiere venue and outdoor concerts, street parties, club shows, showcases, special commissions, launches and intimate late-night programming.

SYDNEY ROAD STREET PARTY: 5 March 2017

Sydney Road Street Party is Brunswick Music Festival’s free opening event. It sees upwards of 60,000 people fill Sydney Road from Union to Victoria Streets, for a day of music, food and culture that puts the cornucopia of Moreland’s diversity front and centre.

What facilities are available at the Sydney Road Street Party?

Outdoor performance stages, art installations, street theatre, market stalls and food vendors.

More information will be available closer to the event date.

 

How do I know when tickets go on sale?

The full program has been announced and tickets to all shows are on sale via the Program page of our website.

For all the latest news and updates, please join the Brunswick Music Festival mailing list below.

How can I purchase tickets to Brunswick Music Festival Events?

The full program has been announced and tickets to all shows are on sale via the Program page of our website.

If you would like to book tickets in person, the BMF Box Office is located on the The Mechanics Institute forecourt, 270 Sydney Road Brunswick and will be open every day from Monday 27 February to Saturday 18 March.

BMF Box Office Opening Times

Monday 27 February to Saturday 4 March, open 3pm–7pm

Sunday 5 March (Sydney Road Street Party), open 12pm–7pm

Monday 6 March to Saturday 18 March:
> Sunday to Tuesday open 3pm–7pm
> Wednesday to Saturday open 3pm until late

How much are tickets?

Ticket prices vary between $7 and $50. The Festival also features a wide range of Free and All Age events.

A 50c transaction fee is applicable to each ticket purchased. A 1.7% credit card fee is applicable on total purchase.

Who is entitled to a concession?

The availability of concession tickets vary from event to event. Not all performances at the Brunswick Music Festival offer concession.

You are considered a concession if you are a Pensioner, Senior or a full time student and have a valid concession card with you on the night of the performance.

Companion Card holders are recognised at all Brunswick Music Festival events. Please phone 03 9240 1111 between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday, or email festivals@moreland.vic.gov.au to make a companion card booking.

How do I request Accessible seating tickets?

For wheelchair and access bookings please phone 03 9240 1111 between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday, or email festivals@moreland.vic.gov.au.