See Northside

Friday 26 November 2021 - Sunday 19 December 2021

Live entertainment will get a boost this summer as part of a package of new initiatives to support local business and Yarra’s economic recovery.

The package, delivered in partnership with the Victorian Government through its Metropolitan Partnerships Development Fund, will support a number of initiatives across the City of Yarra including an exciting new pop-up outdoor music series along Brunswick Street to help reinvigorate and energise this important precinct in a COVID-safe environment.

The initiative – See Northside – gives local and emerging artists a great opportunity to showcase their talent while helping to create a rich and vibrant atmosphere for local residents and visitors.

Across four weekends in November and December, over 50 artists will perform throughout Brunswick Street in Fitzroy. The fun will be in finding these secret locations. 

Friday 26 - Sunday 28 November
Friday 3 - Sunday 5 December 
Friday 10 - Sunday 12 December 
Friday 17 - Sunday 18 December 

Along Brunswick Street, Fitzroy 

Weekend 4: Friday 17 December - Sunday 19 December 
It's the last weekend of See Northside! Look out for the following acts along Brunswick Street in Fitzroy on Friday evening, Saturday from midday and Sunday from midday.  

Catfish is a gypsy jazz band with a classic Australian influence. A product of Melbourne's unique jazz scene, the band draws upon influences from the 30’s to present day. Intricate, quirky arrangements of borrowed and original material give the band a unique exciting spirit. Catfish crafts each set for maximum impact drawing influence from Django Reinhardt, Les Doigts De L'Homme, Louis Armstrong, Julian Lage and more. 

Cate Taylor
Cate Taylor is an indie-folk singer songwriter from Melbourne. Her music is described as rich, natural and grounded in heartfelt, spacious lyrics with a performance style that is authentic and engaging. She released her debut album, Red Dirt in 2020 and is currently preparing to record her second.

Front Porch
A Melbourne based band with an individual and interesting sound, blending a variety of Americana styles. Front Porch’s musical style is Bluegrass heavy, keeping that traditional sound, but includes elements of western swing, Dixie-land jazz, ragtime and indie folk into their music, creating a totally new and fresh sound, but with nostalgic undertones. Front Porch takes the typical Bluegrass 5-piece band puts their own spin on it with the inclusion of the trombone, guaranteeing a fascinating show full of catchy tunes and impressive musicality.

Ellie Lamb & Monty Shnier 
Ellie Lamb is a trombonist, arranger and composer based in Melbourne Australia. They draw inspiration from a wide range of styles including trad jazz, folk and pop and have a particular love of improvised music. Ellie performs regularly across Melbourne both as a band leader and sessional player at venues including Hamer Hall, The Jazzlab and Paris Cat. In 2021, Ellie was the leader of the Take Note program – an annual career development program delivered by the Melbourne International Jazz Festival that seeks to address the gender disparity in Australian jazz performance. As part of the program, Ellie created Between Worlds, a suite for octet that explores themes of identity and self-discovery that made its debut at the 2021 festival.  

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Musician leaning against white wall with their trombone


Weekend 3: Friday 10 December - Sunday 12 December
Look out for the following acts along Brunswick Street in Fitzroy on Friday evening, Saturday from midday and Sunday from midday.  

Erinaki is Con Kalamaras and  Stavroula Thomopoulos –Presenting a suite of songs that cover a myriad of Hellenic influences, both traditional and also contemporary. Stavroula Thomopoulos will perform guitar, and Con Kalamaras will perform on 6-string bouzouki. Joining them today on guitar is a long-time friend and musical collaborator Wayne Simmons.  

Gracieuse Amah & Gbade 
With French, Beninese and Togolese (West Africa) heritage, Gracieuse Amah (Grace) is a Creative Director, Dancer/Choreographer and Teacher with 15 years’ experience. Passionate dancer of African dances since the early age of 8, she is a dynamic and joyful positive thinker. Her infectious energy will take you on an amazing dance experience like no other. Specialised in live and public art dance performances, she has performed internationally and delivers weekly African dance classes throughout Victoria promoting cultural awareness and well-being. Her recent projects include dance performances and the production of local festivals in collaboration with Yarra City Arts, Outer Urban Projects, Fringe Festival, Moomba Festival and the Queen Victoria Market.

Harry Coulson's Blue Dogs
Led by Harry Coulson, regular presenter with Music Maestros on ABC Statewide Drive and general musical larrikin. Harry Coulsons Blue Dogs bring ability without the pretence and songs that explore the ebb and flow of suburban life, frustrated ambitions and the fierce drive to not back down…. If you wanted to.. You could compare them with something like Paul Kelly with B.B. Kings backing band. 

Jess Parker
Taking inspiration from the old time pickers and ragtime balladeers of early Country and Rhythm n' Blues, Jess Parker takes the warm tones of Patsy Cline and throws them in the pot with Bob Will's humor, Doc Watson's picking, and a decent slog of honey whiskey for good measure.

Loco Hombres
Take some original rockabilly tunes, add some classic country covers, upright bass, twangy guitar, stand up drums and you have Melbourne trio Loco Hombres! Loco Hombres play original rockabilly, surf and dark country classics.

Malcura have been performing their exhilarating brand of acoustic fusion since 2013, honing their craft as buskers in Melbourne’s Bourke Street Mall. Combining the technical ability and passion of Flamenco with Gypsy Jazz, Latin rhythms and a Rock’n’Roll mentality, Malcura have captivated the Australian public with their distinctive sound. 

Milo & Strings
Milo and Strings is a fun loving acoustic duo that strives to write and cover songs about the simple things in life. Our goal bring mental health awareness and tell stories from people of all walks of life. Grab a cuppa Milo, and let’s get jamming.

Tim Downey
Melbourne songwriter and producer Tim Downey explores the light and shadow of life’s mysteries. His songs are full of lyrical imagery which paints a bittersweet and sometimes abstract reality. Tim also fronts his band Beautiful Buildings and will be releasing new music in 2022.

Person playing greek guitar   Person dancing holding a microphone  Person holding guitar in the middle of an empty street

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Singer and guitarist playing music together   Person playing trumpet with guitarist   Person with beard, reading glasses and cap

Weekend 2: Friday 3 December - Sunday 5 December 
Look out for the following acts along Brunswick Street in Fitzroy on Friday evening, Saturday from midday and Sunday from midday.  

Bluey is made up of Ben "Bovril" Harrison and Louis "Oliver" King. They have been playing bluegrass/oldtime music together for nearly 6 years, carving their own unique sound and take on this music during their long running residency at the Racoon Club. Expect to hear high lonesome harmony singing, sweet ballads and lightning-fast picking as they take you on a journey across multiple genres and styles.

Grand Baxter 
A shelf full of albums by James Taylor, Paul Simon, Jason Isbell and Dawes has infused Grand Baxter's music with considered songwriting, bitter-sweet lyrics and a sprinkling of country-folk twang. Songs dance between the dark, the delicate, and the cautiously optimistic, with beautiful acoustic guitars and dancing velvet harmonies courtesy of vocalist Tyra Lewis (Lheon, . Grand Baxter delivers his heart on a silver plate, best described as 'a bold hamper of honesty, musicality and folk charm.'

The Lone Mariachi 
The Lone Mariachi (El Mariachi Solitario) it's a Solo Performer Guitarist, Singer, Composer & Entertainer.

Nina Rose
Singer-songwriter Nina Rose blends her velvety vocals and mellowing guitar rhythms taking you on a folky acoustic carpet ride.  Influenced by artists such as Tracy Chapman, Emmylou Harris and Nina Simone,  her original songs tell tales of love, loss and everything in between. Nina Rose sings in Spanish and Indonesian and often has guests joining her on stage to share stories through music. This Friday, Nina will be joined by Yana Gill. Nina and Yana have been singing together for many years, around the camp fire, at International Writers Festivals, and at Satay Festivals. 

Paddy & Kat
Paddy Montgomery and Kat Stevens play traditional Greek dance music on guitar and violin.  

Aboubacar Djéliké Kouyate 
Malian musician Aboubacar Djéliké Kouyate was born into a ‘griot’ family in the riverside village of Djoliba. He maintains an active career as a professional musician in Africa, Europe and Australia with performances representing a lifetime of dedication and passion for his Mandeng cultural heritage. Aboubacar brings an exuberant and contemporary interpretation of the traditional 'griot' art form, combining his masterful command of voice, rhythm, lyric and multiple instruments into compelling, danceable song sets.

The New Monos 
With their roots in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Melbourne-based band The New Monos combine inspiration from their South American heritage and diverse musical experience with the flavour of contemporary Buenos Aires, mixing Reggae, Folklore, Cumbia, Rock, Rumba, Hip-hop and Latin beats, all expressed with the passion of the Tango.

Olugbade Okunade 
Nigerian-Australian trumpet player, Olugbade Okunade brings a wealth of knowledge about his music and culture to Melbourne. Starting out with Fela Anikulapo Kuti’s, Egypt 80 band, he travelled the world for 14 years performing on some of the world's most prestigious stages. Olugbade created his own afro-funky sound, drawn from popular Yoruba rhythms. Catch this trumpet maestro in full flight with his band, Alárìíyá.



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Weekend 1: Friday 26 - Sunday 28 November
Look out for the following acts along Brunswick Street in Fitzroy on Friday evening, Saturday from midday and Sunday from midday.  

David Cosma
Inspiring lyrics accompanied by sumptuous melodies and harmonies, together with his unique method of playing the guitar, guarantees an impassioned live performance. Religion, pop culture and nostalgic nuances, punctuate and ultimately, accentuate his writing, triggering instant attention from audience and listeners. 

Le Fleur
The divide between funk, jazz and pop is being blurred, and the result is sing-along hooks, hard grooves and an incomparable smoothness that will leave you in the driver's seat for an interstellar journey. Le Fleur is all of this and a little bit more.

Rachel Trainor 
Rachel Trainor is a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist originally from New Zealand and based in Melbourne. She plays drums for several professional circus shows and plays regularly in Melbourne in her original band Honeybone along with other acts such as The Merindas and Coda Chroma. 

Queen of Hearts 
"Queen of Hearts" is made up of three primary composers: Stefania Serna and Elizabeth Obando and Bonnie Smith. These ladies met in Melbourne and their one thing in common is their passion for Mariachi music. Not only does Mariachi music give them a platform in which to compose; but it gives them a platform in which they can express their deepest feelings, sufferings, and desires. 

Velvet Bloom
Velvet Bloom is a neo-soul, alternative-pop and jazz-rock music project with ballad style vocals. The project is fronted and founded by Maddy Herbert, she performs solo and with different variations of her live band “The Vito Collective”. They have performed together as ‘Velvet Bloom’ for three years, in that time they have released six singles, organised three tours and they have supported countless musicians. 

Carl Pannuzzo & Friends 
Carl Pannuzzo, vocalist, multi-instrumentalist autodidact. Carl brings along friends sousaphone player Nathan Ford and guitarist Jesse Mac in a new trio to hit Brunswick street.

Verse@ille & Friends 
Max Shotta is one half of Melbourne's premiere Dancehall crew, Shottaz. Having started his musical journey in Auckland, New Zealand, Max has developed a unique MC style that stands out. Cutting his teeth as resident MC for Jafa Mafia Soundsystem, one of NZ's most notable soundsystem and DJ crew, he relocated to Melbourne in order to pursue his musical career with the Shottaz crew.

Kid James 
‘Kid’ James (James Schembri) is the new kid on the block in the Melbourne Rockabilly scene. An eighteen-year-old singer/songwriter and guitarist that is performing authentic Rockabilly music just like it was performed by teenagers in the 50's.

Checkerboard Lounge
Ever since their famed seven-year residency at the Great Britain Hotel in the early 90s, many budding young musicians have cut their blues teeth with the uncompromising fire of this band’s energy. Checkerboard has inspired the development of some of Australia’s finest musicians and bands (Powderfinger, Dirty Three, Clare Bowditch, Jet, Spoonful/Rocket Science, Kylie Auldist, to name but a few). Checkerboard Lounge, semi-finalists at the 2020 International Blues Competition in Memphis, Tennessee, recorded at the legendary Sun Studio while there. They'll be launching their vinyl and CD 'SUN Sessions' at Thornbury theatre on Friday Feb 25, 2022 with support from Sarah Carroll. More detail at





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Date and time:
Friday 26 November 2021 - Sunday 19 December 2021

Brunswick Street, Fitzroy