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Los Bitchos at Coachella 2023 | Photo by Scott Dudelson/Getty Images

First Acts Announced for Melbourne’s Newest Festival The Eighty-Six

A brand new festival called The Eighty-Six will officially launch in Melbourne later this year. Running from Monday, 23rd October to Tuesday, 31st October, The Eighty-Six will take over a bunch of venues on the 86 tram route from Northcote to Preston, including bars, record stores, bowls clubs, and more.

The full program of artists will arrive later this year, but organisers have announced the first few acts that will be appearing at the festival in October, including London psych quartet Los Bitchos, Kyoto punk outfit Otoboke Beaver, and UK indie favourite Connie Constance.

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All three of those acts have also been locked in to appear at the inaugural SXSW Sydney, also taking place in October.

Elsewhere on The Eighty-Six lineup is jazz muso Makaya McCraven, and US indie act Built to Spill. There are also set to be a few live shows of the podcast How Long Gone.

“The Eighty-Six is designed to create ideal conditions for music to thrive and be valued – today’s announcement focused on internationals, this is a taste of what is to come,” says Woody McDonald, founder and artistic director of The Eighty-Six. “We are excited to share the full program, including a truly epic celebration of our local music ecosystem.”

The full program will arrive mid-year.

The Eighty-Six 2023 Lineup

  • Otoboke Beaver
  • Connie Constance
  • Los Bitchos
  • Makaya McCraven
  • Built To Spill
  • How Long Gone (Live)
  • more to be announced

Dates & Venues

  • Monday, 23rd October to Tuesday, 31st October – Various venues, Northcote to Preston, Melbourne

For more information and to register for tickets, head to The Eighty-Six website.

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