By Jessica Richardson


This is one not to be missed. An eclectic boutique festival is in our midst, bringing together Psychedelic, Folk and Blues entwined with a diverse range of artists and performers.


On the 25th October, Howler, one of Brunswick’s most all-embracing venues, will be home to Love Street Music and Arts Festival.


This inner city festival features some of Melbourne’s finest artists with The Darling Downs, Gena Rose Bruce, Josh Cashman, Domain Forster, Broads, Big Seal and the Shipping Few and David Craft all hitting the stage.


The countrified rock ‘n’ roll outfit Saint Jude will also be part of the bill, claiming this will be their last gig of the year. The band has just finished touring for their studio album Saint Jude III, which oozes 60s and 70s inspired blues and rock.


All these styles thrown together into one album may give the impression that the band haven’t quite put a stamp on their own sound, but this mish mash of vibes is what makes them so addictive. Their latest single, St Clare, has a psychedelic charm infused with Thin Lizzy inspired guitar riffs, an immediate crowd pleaser.


Headlining the night is the Melbourne-based indie band Immigrant Union, with their folk and psychedelic infused sound defining what Love Street is all about.


The five-piece band has spent the past few years ticking a number of things off their musical bucket list, including headlining their own tours all over Australia, supporting an impressive array of artists such as Noel Gallagher and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and giving the performance of their lives at not one but two American festivals. They are professional guys who will give a tight performance.


Their latest studio album “Anyway,” which features Courtney Barnett and her fellow band members Dave Mudie and Bones Sloane, has toned down on the folk and turned up the psychedelic, with trippy experimental tones layering their country melodies. A perfect way to end what will be a weird and wonderful day in Brunswick.


Love Street needs the community to come together and celebrate all things funky and inspired, to keep the culture of North Melbourne alive.’


Music aside, award winning poet, Telia Nevill, will be rollerblading and reciting for the festival goers, whilst the sexy Constanza Tangoblanca will be celebrating beauty and power with her Argentinian inspired tango.


A funky 90s dance troupe, teamed with leg warmers and Vanilla Ice-esque tracks, will be bringing a youthful energy to the day, plus an appearance from Jhess Knight, who graduated at the London School of Puppetry. Finally, the controversial Jen Broadhurst will have the crowd contemplating feminism, post-colonialism and identity through video, text and sculpture.


The event commences at 4pm and rolls on until 11.45pm, meaning all acts are jammed into one unforgettable evening. The cost of tickets is far from extortionate, totalling at $25+bf per ticket, so any excuses about being too broke are invalid.


The festival is supported by Australian Culture Project, with all proceeds going to funding the artists and acts for their participation, and any extra cash into making next year’s event even bigger and better. Love Street needs the community to come together and celebrate all things funky and inspired, to keep the culture of North Melbourne alive. It is what makes the North the place to be.



Jess is an English Psychology graduate, who revels in productivity. Check out her thoughts on Melbourne, music and more at

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