Published on January 14th, 2016 | by admin


On Saturday 20 February 2016, across four music stages and throughout the city, the music program for White Night Melbourne 2016 will deliver the equivalent of 100 hours of live entertainment from more than 220 performers.

The four music stages; Trip the Light Fantastic, Grooves on Bourke, Live on Lonsdale and The Blues Speakeasy Stage as well as classical performances in St Paul’s Cathedral: Silver Rain: Illuminated Opera, Luminesce and Classical Revolution; will showcase a variety of music genres including jazz, blues, funk, R+B, soul, world music, pop, hip-hop, dance, electronic, classical, country, instrumental and rock.

“There’s something for everyone and the best of everything on offer at this year’s White Night Melbourne. It’s going to be a great event, and the music line-up announced today means revellers are in for a real treat.”

“These are the events that we do so well. Nothing says Melbourne quite like a festival like White Night. Major events like these are crucial to Victoria’s economy – they mean more opportunities for our businesses and a stronger State,” commented Minister for Tourism and Major Events John Eren.

Artistic Director Andrew Walsh AM said, “While this year’s program is distinctly local, the musical influences span the globe from Africa, South America, India, New Orleans, New York and our own traditional and contemporary Indigenous musicians.

“Iconic Australian musician Robert Forster, soulful Indigenous artist Emma Donovan and the Putbacks and hard hitting hip-hop act Briggs are just a few of the ‘must-see acts’ that come to mind in what is an incredibly strong and diverse roster of musicians.”

The music program for White Night Melbourne 2016 includes:

Trip the Light Fantastic, Birrarung Marr
Dance the night away at Birrarung Marr with Trip the Light Fantastic, a massive open-air dance floor that will light up the night. Grab your partner and put on your dancing shoes for 12 hours of dance mania as Melbourne’s movers and shakers boogie and jive their way through a veritable smorgasbord of dance tunes from around the globe.

Grooves on Bourke, Bourke Street Mall
Chill with the cool kids at Grooves on Bourke. Hip, swingin’ jazz cats and those who dig the soul and funk, will descend onto Bourke Street Mall where live music will play for 12 hours, featuring hot, swinging jazz, New Orleans street party vibes, Hammond fuelled grooves, soulful vocals and mind blowing improvisation.

Live on Lonsdale, Lonsdale Street
Go loud and proud at Live on Lonsdale with a stellar line up of Melbourne musos spanning pop to rock and everything in between.

The Blues Speakeasy Stage, Alexandra Gardens
Swing on by White Night’s very own ‘speakeasy’. Musicians from Melbourne’s thriving blues scene come together for a night of rocking grooves and down-home blues. Recreating the ‘speakeasy’ atmosphere of the 1930s and 40s, this night of swinging tunes, primitive boogie and bluesy riffs will have the crowd on their feet for a little Mississippi mayhem – Melbourne style!

Silver Rain: Illuminated Opera, St Paul’s Cathedral
A captivating concoction of visuals and voices. Award-winning sisters and rising opera sensations Kirilie and Ruth Blythman join forces with talented Melbourne projection artist Michael Carmody to create a truly immersive and evocative performance. Using the poetic music of Ricky Ian Gordon as a canvas, Silver Rain explores themes of nature, fantasy, creativity and time, found in the words of famous American poets including Langston Hughes, Dorothy Parker and Emily Dickinson.

Luminesce, St Paul’s Cathedral
A groundbreaking collaboration among vocal ensemble Invenio, video artist Robert Jarvis and composer Gian Slater, Luminesce melds voice, movement and projection to create a luminescent musical landscape. Winner in the ‘live’ category of the 2015 International Visual Music Award, Luminesce explores a pattern-oriented musical landscape derived from a visual perspective. Within the parameters of symmetry, form and velocity, the compositions create a new system and performative environment for this vocal ensemble.

Classical Revolution, St Paul’s Cathedral
Discover a classical oasis in the heart of White Night. Curated to complement the ebb and flow of the night as it evolves through the hours, be transported by performances from Australia’s most exciting and vibrant young classical musicians.

The set times for the music stages are:

Trip the Light Fantastic
1900-1915 Djirri Djirri Dance
1915-1930 Melbourne Djembe – Firefly
1930-2015 Hasta La Cumbia
2015-2030 Melbourne Djembe – Firefly
2030-2115 Hasta La Cumbia
2115-2130 Melbourne Djembe – Firefly
2130-2215 Lamine Sonko & The African Intelligence
2230-2315 Quarter Street
2330-0000 Lamine Sonko & The African Intelligence
0010-0050 Shiamak Dance Team
0115-0200 Quarter Street
0215-0300 Funk Buddies
0315-0400 Sol Nation
0415-0500 Funk Buddies
0515-0600 Sol Nation
0615-0700 The Footscray Gypsy Orchestra

Grooves on Bourke
1900-2000 Donut
2020-2120 Heather Stewart ‘Sing, String, Swing’
2140-2240 Horns of Leroy
2300-0000 Dig We Must
0020-0120 Kylie Auldist
0140-0230 Cookin’ on 3 Burners
0250-0350 Wild Gladioli feat Kerri Simpson
0410-0510 Checkerboard
0530-0630 The Art & Beauty of Deep Listening

Live on Lonsdale
1930-2010 Ruby Boots
2030-2110 Thelma Plum
2130-2210 Robert Forster
2230-2310 Harpoons
2330-0010 Sampa the Great
0030-0110 Briggs
0130-0210 Gold Class
0230-0310 Emma Donovan & The Putbacks
0330-0410 Harvey Sutherland
0430-0545 Otologic
0615-0700 Planete

The Blues Speakeasy Stage
1900-1950 SIB
2015-2105 TK Reeve
2130-2220 The Screamin’ Honkies
2245-2335 Chris Russell’S Chicken Walk
1200-1250 The New Savages
0115-0205 Cat Fish Voodoo
0230-0320 Miss Whiskey
0345-0435 White Lightnin’
0500-0545 Rattlin’ Bones Blackwood
0600-0645 Tom Dockray

White Night Melbourne, Australia’s only all night celebration of culture and creativity and a genuine urban adventure returns for the fourth year for one night only on Saturday 20 February 2016 from 7pm to 7am, featuring local, national and international artists and works.

White Night Melbourne is the city as you know it, turned on its head in a dusk ‘til dawn celebration. A night where the surreal seems real, White Night Melbourne is a rare opportunity to experience the city in a different light.

The event makes the impossible possible through installation, lighting, exhibitions, street performances, film, music, dance and interactive events taking place in the streets and laneways, parklands, public spaces and cultural institutions of Melbourne.

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