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Free Jazz at Fed Square

Fed Square


Starting the 2023 Festival with a bang, join us for a jam-packed line-up of international legends and local heroes over 2 days of free performances at Fed Square.

Friday night starts with a Smoking Ceremony to officially launch the 2023 Festival, followed by MIJF First Nations Resident Artist Bumpy performing her captivatingly soulful sounds, then local phenomenon JAZZPARTY close things out with their signature blend of New Orleans party with a punk attitude.

Saturday kicks off with our unmissable Second Line Parade, featuring the collective power of New Orleans’ own Hot 8 Brass Band and Melbourne favourites Horns of Leroy, storming the Fed Square stage with a 15-man strong brass band. Following this remarkable brass explosion, Zimbabwean-born first lady of soul and r&b, Thndo, will perform new material from her upcoming album Lessons in Love, backed by an epic 11-piece band. Closing out the main stage and showcasing material from her forthcoming debut album is Rita Satch, effortlessly intertwining a rich tapestry of soul, jazz, and RnB.

Finally, keep the free party going with intimate performances in beloved nearby venues.

Fed Square Stage

Friday 20 Oct

5:00pm – Mz Rizk (DJ)
5:30pm – Smoking Ceremony
6:00pm – Bumpy
7:30pm – JAZZPARTY
8:30pm – Mz Rizk (DJ)


Saturday 21 Oct

1:00pm – Second Line Street Party
2:00pm – Hot 8 Brass Band & Horns of Leroy
3:00pm – Thndo
4:15pm – Rita Satch
5:15pm – Tom Showtime (DJ)


Local Venues

Two For Tea: Benjamin Attiche & Oscar Neyland
6:00PM – 8:30PM
Victoria by Farmer’s Daughters – Bookings available

Astral Flex
6:00PM – 8:00PM
Beer Deluxe


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