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Melbourne’s West Set Festival Returns With Birdz, Pookie, And More

Following a difficult few years for the event, Melbourne’s West Set has announced its return, taking over the City of Maribyrnong throughout October with a number of free events. This year’s West Set forms part of the Victorian Government’s ongoing ‘On The Road Again’ initiative.

Launching on 14th October and running until 30th October, the festival will present a number of free performances from diverse lineups across four performance spaces throughout Footscray in Melbourne’s west. The venues include local recording studio and band room Kindred Studios, music school and shop Chasing Sound, and pop up venues Las Palmas and Railway Reserve.

Birdz – ‘Aussie Aussie’

Railway Reserve will spring into action on Friday evenings, with performances from a number of local and international artists, including Pookie, Adriana, Colette, Jamie Tiller, Chee Shimizu, and Eden Burns. The Railway Reserve programming was handled by local tastemakers Finding Figaro.

Kindred Studios will welcome a diverse range artists on Saturdays throughout the event, including Birdz, Placement, Srirachi, and Rum Jungle. Meanwhile, Chasing Sound will feature Sam Chasman Trio and Paula Maki Trio across the last two Saturdays of October.

Las Palmas will feature live music from Saturday evenings and midday Sundays, with lineups curated in partnership with the Melbourne International Jazz Festival and ThinOzone. Highlights include Black Jesus Experience, Amaru Tribe and Parvyn.

The 2022 edition of West Set is something of a comeback for the festival, which initially launched back in 2016. Forced into hiatus as a result of Covid, and forced to cancel its 2021 event at the last minute, this year will be the long-awaited fourth edition of West Set. Full lineup and venue details are available via the event’s official website.

West Set 2022

Melbourne International Jazz Festival – Las Palmas

  • Black Jesus Experience
  • La Influencia
  • Solomon Sisay
  • GP Saxy Ensemble
  • Kidstruments Live! By Playable Streets

Finding Figaro – Railway Reserve

  • Jamie Tiller (UK)
  • Chee Shimizu (JPN)
  • Eden Burns (NZ)
  • Adriana
  • Darcy Justice
  • Belda (IND)
  • POOKIE (Live)
  • Colette
  • Zjoso
  • Diimpa,
  • Daniel Pisano
  • Noise In My Head

Kindred Studios

  • Birdz
  • Srirachi
  • Rum Jungle
  • Solidarity Sound System
  • Placement
  • Seaweed on Sticks

ThinOzone – Las Palmas

  • Amaru Tribe
  • Chikchika
  • Parvyn
  • Iaki Vallejo
  • Seble Girma
  • Christina Melkamu
  • The Seben Brothers
  • Vanessa Estrada
  • Alcides Neto
  • Synthotronica
  • Los Cojones

Chasing Sound

  • Sam Chasman Trio
  • Paula Maki Trio

Dates & Venues

  • Fridays, 14th October – 28th October – Railway Reserve, Footscray, VIC
  • Saturdays, 15th October – 29th October – Kindred Studios, Footscray, VIC
  • Saturdays, 15th October – 29th October & Sundays, 16th October – 30th October – Las Palmas, Footscray, VIC
  • Saturday, 22nd October and Saturday, 29th October – Chasing Sound, Footscray, VIC

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