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Big Saturday

Sidney Myer Music Bowl


Join us as we kick off this year’s Festival with a mammoth lineup taking over the Bowl for a sundrenched, day-long celebration of jazz, funk and soul – headlined by international heavyweights Fat Freddy’s Drop.


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For over two decades on stage, Fat Freddy’s Drop have navigated their way from the incubator of sunshine reggae through a colour-saturated field of soul psychedelia before swerving onto a desolate Detroit superhighway at night. Over a massive two-hour set, this world-renowned eight-piece from New Zealand will be bringing their potent mix of jazz virtuosity and diaphragm-wrecking digital sonics.

Home-grown funk and soul pioneers, The Bamboos, join the bill to perform songs from their tenth studio album, Hard Up, and favourites from their 21 years together.

Siren of soul Emma Donovan joins stone-cold pros The Putbacks – the players behind Hiatus Kaiyote, The Bombay Royale, The Meltdown and more – to form one of the tightest and most dynamic collaborations in town.

The Cat Empire’s founding firebrand trumpet-playing vocalist Harry James Angus collaborates with drummer Freyja Hooper in a duo whose sound is marked by hypnotic rhythms and complete harmonic freedom.

Saturdays don’t get much bigger than this.


3:00PM – Gates open
3:35PM – Welcome to Country
3:45PM – Harry James Angus
5:00PM – Emma Donovan & The Putbacks
6:30PM – The Bamboos
8:00PM – Fat Freddy’s Drop
10:00PM – Event ends

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