past event

Second Line Street Party

Meet at Red Stair Amphitheatre,
1 Southbank Blvd, Southbank

FREE

Join the jubilant energy of the quintessential New Orleans art form—the second line parade—as this mobile street party weaves its way through Melbourne’s inner city, kicking off the 2023 festival in grand style.

New Orleans legends of the Second Line, the Hot 8 Brass Band, will lead a joyous and jumping musical march along the Yarra, through Southbank and Federation Square, joined by Melbourne’s very own brass masters, Horns of Leroy.

Channelling the same spontaneous and ecstatic all-in parades historically seen in the streets of New Orleans, this 15-person strong all-star brass band is guaranteed to get you moving. So if you feel like funkin’ it up, put on your marching shoes—rain or shine—and join in the fun! Beads, brightly coloured outfits, and unabashed singing and dancing are all highly encouraged.

The afternoon continues with a free outdoor concert at Fed Square by the Hot 8 Brass Band and Horns of Leroy, followed by jazz and soul legends Thndo and Rita Satch (see here for details).

Second Line departs from Southbank at 1:00pm – early arrival recommended.

 

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is the MIJF Second Line Street Party?
A joyous and jumping musical march along the Yarra (Southbank) that channels the spontaneous and ecstatic all-in parades historically seen in the streets of New Orleans. Our Second Line is led by New Orleans legends, the Hot 8 Brass Band, alongside local brass masters, Horns of Leroy.

The second line will depart from Red Stair Amphitheatre in Southbank, before travelling along the Yarra river and finishing at Fed Square (see route map above). Audiences are encouraged to walk/dance alongside the parade.

How can I be involved?
Come join us and be part of the crowd at Red Stair Amphitheatre, ready for a 1:00PM departure. Our musicians will lead us through Southbank as we walk, dance and shake our way to Fed Square (beads, brightly coloured outfits, and unabashed singing and dancing are all highly encouraged). You can also come to watch the parade pass by (but you’ll have much more fun if you join in!).

Can I bring my instrument and play along?
As with a traditional New Orleans second line, the focus will be on the lead band, and as such we kindly request that local musicians do not bring their own instruments. There will not be an opportunity to play along with the band at this event.

Do I need a ticket?
This event is entirely free, so just turn up on the day (we can’t wait to see you!)

What time should I arrive?
We recommend getting to Red Stair Amphitheatre (Queensbridge Square, Southbank) at 12.30PM ready for a 1:00PM departure. Keep an eye out for the Melbourne International Jazz Festival flags – you can’t miss them!

Is the Second Line accessible?
The route is 1.4km and we will be walking for just under 1 hour. The route is step-free. There are no additional access services in place for this event.

Is this a family friendly event?
Absolutely! Please keep in mind that the event involves walking, so be sure to factor that in to your plans for babies and children as needed.

What if it’s raining?
Our second line will go ahead rain, hail or shine.

Are there toilets available?
Public toilets are available inside Freshwater Place at Red Stair Amphitheater and there are some half-way along the route on Southbank Promenade. There are also public toilets at Fed Square. Toilets are available at Flinders Street Station but require a myki to access.

Can I bring my own alcohol to this event?
No, consumption of alcohol is not permitted in unlicensed areas of Melbourne CBD. This includes Southbank Promenade and Fed Square.

What happens when the Second Line finishes at Fed Square?
The second line will arrive at Fed Square at approximately 2:00PM. Hang around and soak up the afternoon with a free outdoor concert at Fed Square as the Hot 8 Brass Band and Horns of Leroy take the stage, followed by jazz and soul legends Thndo and Rita Satch. For more information about Free Jazz at Fed Square, visit this link.

 

This event is part of Ignite Melbourne, supported through the Melbourne City Revitalisation Fund—a partnership between the Victorian Government and the City of Melbourne.

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