Whats On

Northcote Rise Festival

Melbourne’s iconic High Street festival is back and better than ever to bring Good Feels on The Rise!

After a 13-year hiatus, the Northcote Rise Festival is back to take over High Street and showcase local Northcote artists, entertainers, vendors, and more!

With less than 3 weeks to go, on Sunday 18th February, Northcote’s iconic main street will be transformed from James Street to Separation Street into a vibrant pedestrian-only zone with free entertainment for those of all ages.

Supported by the Victorian Government to revitalise local businesses and the community, the festival will take place across seven lively entertainment zones filled with the precinct’s best traders and vendors.

A must-visit festival for music lovers, the Northcote Rise Festival boasts over 70 local artists performing throughout the main stage and four mini-stages playing everything from indie pop, rhythm, and blues to Latin rock and jazz.

Key performances will include Melbourne-based post-punk grunge band Moody Beaches, and up-and-coming six-piece group Mature Themes’ unique take on 90s-influenced psychedelia. Emerging pop artist Jacqui Lumsden will also be performing exploring heartbreak and coming-of-age with her dreamy blend of ‘80s synth and ‘90s guitars and rock drums. Bringing some beats after a three-year Australia tour, Melbourne-based psychedelic pop band Sunfruits will be returning highly praised and ready to play in their home city.

Jacqui LumsdenMoody Beaches

For the food lovers, leading Australian chef Scott Pickett will be running a food and wine workshop, and Greek restaurant and cocktail bar Dante will be running sustainability-focused kitchen presentations.

The perfect day out for kids, the festival offers a range of entertainment for children in its Family Zone. Featuring magical performances from the Amazing Mr. Twist sure to have all on the edge of their seats as he performs humorous mystifying feats. With hilarious interactive story time from the Spencer Street Drag Queen, the performance is bound to get the little ones giggling! Little Feet Music will also be running an educational workshop where budding musicians can get their groove on singing songs.

Jam-packed with family-friendly activities, there will be arts and crafts stations, cookie decorating, face-painting, a petting zoo, and a Garden Adventure where kids can decorate pot plants and plant seeds. Board game store Mind Games will also be open offering a LEGO Masters Workshop run by the iconic Miller and Jordan from LEGO Masters Season 1. Taking place on Mitchell Street, community sports activations such as football, tennis, and baseball will keep those of all ages entertained.

A vibrant day out for the whole family to enjoy diverse food and entertainment while supporting the local community, the Northcote Rise Festival is not one to miss!

For tickets and more information, please visit https://northcoterise.com.au/festival.