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.

Performer & Stall Holder Applications

Performer applications for the 2018 Brunswick Music Festival closed on Friday 1 September.

Applications for the Sydney Road Street Party and Music for the People closed on Monday 14 August.

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

Volunteer with Us

Volunteer applications are currently closed. Join our mailing list to be the first to hear when applications open.

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.

Past Festival Programs

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

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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply to perform?

Performer applications for the 2018 Brunswick Music Festival closed on 1 September 2017.

Applications for the Sydney Road Street Party and Music For The People closed on Monday 14 August.

Join the Brunswick Music Festival mailing list to be the first to hear when applications open for 2019.

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

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

When is the full program announced?

Please join the Brunswick Music Festival mailing list below to be the first to hear when the program for the 2018 festival is announced.

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

BRUNSWICK MUSIC FESTIVAL
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

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.

How do I know when tickets go on sale?

Please join the Brunswick Music Festival mailing list below to be the first to hear when tickets go on sale for the 2018 festival.

Connect With Us

Facebook @brunswickmusicfestival

Instagram @brunswickmusicfest

Twitter @brunsmusicfest

Email festivals@moreland.vic.gov.au