For over 20 years the Darebin Music Feast has been representing Melbourne’s northern suburbs to lovers of music and arts. This year, Feast sets the stage for indigenous and LGBTIQ+ Darebin council dwellers.

The pièce de résistance for 2017 is Manaa live music event that emphasises queerness and First Nations people. Produced by Daisy Catterall, under the mentorship of Bexx Djentuh, Mana will empower young marginalised people to celebrate their resilience.

AMPLIFY recipient Daisy Catterall with mentor Bexx D

This is the result of Darebin Councils’ ground-breaking AMPLIFY mentoring program for early-career female, trans or gender non-conforming music event producers who live, work or study in the city of Darebin.

The opening night will feature Australia’s premier Aboriginal band, Coloured Stone, celebrating 40 years of music. Alongside them will be special guests including Shane Howard, Kutcha Edwards, Bart Willoughby and Yung Warriors. 

Bunna Lawrie from Coloured Stone

The concert will be followed by an after party curated by Hannah Donnelly (Sovereign Trax). An all-female line-up of young Indigenous musicians will provide tunes including DJ KYAANZ and DJ Soju Gang.

The annual Darebin Music Feast Songwriters’ Award Grand Final will again see the winner receive $2000 cash and studio time spot amongst previous winners Jordie Lane, Sal Kimber and Brooke Russell.

The feast will close with the Reservoir Stomp, a treat for those with little ones. The suburban shindig will feature acts from The Fauves to Murray Wiggle + Wally Meanie’s Bubblegum Machine.

The annual feast will be held from the 12th-22nd of October throughout the Darebin council, get tickets and info on the festival here.