Songs of 3056

Celebrating 30 Years of Brunswick Music Festival.

Featuring Thando, Joshua Tavares, Simon Burke, Kylie Auldist, Sal Kimber, Kavisha Mazzella, Xani Kolac and the Spire Ensemble. With DJ Crispi (free in the Festival Hub bar).

In a special one-off performance commissioned for Brunswick Music Festival, Melbourne’s finest voices, musicians and songwriters come together to celebrate the sounds of Brunswick. Featuring a mix of songs written by local artists and repertoire performed at Brunswick Music Festival over the past 30 years, see why Brunswick is the number one home of songwriters in Australia.

Traversing genres from folk to country to soul, hear heartfelt lyrics and stories infused with style, groove and musical prowess. Each vocalist will showcase their unique style with a selection of handpicked songs accompanied by the Spire Ensemble led by music director Xani Kolac.


Melbourne’s newest first lady of R’n’B, Zimbabwean-born and Melbourne-based singer songwriter Thando, an artist in a league of her own whose vocal ability transcends music theatre, soul and reggae.

A man struck by the soul gods and one of Melbourne’s most beloved front men, Joshua Tavares (Zillanova), who was born and raised in a family of singers, including revered seventies disco group Tavares.

Crooner Simon Burke, singer and key writer of the excellent Melbourne soul outfit The Meltdown (HopeStreet recordings) who for good reason were nominated for best soul album at The Age Music Victoria Awards 2017.

Prolific songwriter, performer and collaborator Kylie Auldist, who stands centre stage in the Australian funk, soul and disco scene and has worked with many greats including The Bamboos and Cookin’ on 3 Burners.

Sal Kimber, whose authentic and warm stage presence, storytelling and Antipodean vocals continue to win over audiences Australia-wide and who deservingly was described by Rolling Stone as ‘Australiana alt-county at it’s finest’.

ARIA Award winning singer songwriter Kavisha Mazzella, who links influences from the East, with its modal tones and ecstatic singing, with western folk to create contemporary songs with haunting melodies and lyrical depth.

Violinist, songwriter and composer Xani Kolac, one half of The Twoks who has performed, written and recorded internationally, and on home soil has shared stages and recording studios with You Am I, Tim Rogers, Alpine, Bliss N’ Eso, David Bridie, Clare Bowditch and many more. She was musical director for the acclaimed concert Stand By Your Woman and is currently working on her next solo project.

Although a lover of rock, PBSFM 106.7 radio presenter DJ Crispi (Radio City) digs all music – old and new, local, national and international, with the art of the song at the heart of everything he plays, regardless of genre. He will be spinning tunes free in the Festival Hub bar before and after the show.