What’s on in 2017

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CityLink Main Stage

Time On stage 
10am-10.45am Velvet Archers
10.45am-11.15am Tai Chi performance
11.15am–12pm The Senegambian Jazz Band
12pm-12.30pm Hula Hoop Play Space
12.30pm-1.15pm Andrew Loadsman
1.15pm-1.45pm Mayor's Speech and cake cutting
1.45pm-2pm Traditional Lion Dance
2pm-2.45pm Dr Detroit
2.50pm-3.20pm UKE workshop
3.25pm-3.45pm Indigenous Hip Hop Projects
3.45pm-4.15pm UKE workshop
4.15pm-5pm The Funk Affair

Kid’s Kingdom Stage

Time On stage 
10am-10.20am Kid’s Yoga
10.30am-11.15am Kid’s Karaoke

Professional Taekwondo Entertainment Team 

12pm-12.30pm The Animals of the Magical Mountains Live Band
12.30pm-12.45pm Kid’s Yoga
12.45pm-1.25pm Vocal Art Studios
1.30pm-2pm Hula Hoop Play Space

The Animals of the Magical Mountains Live Band

2.45pm-3.30pm Kid’s Karaoke
3.50pm-4.10pm Robynmore Calisthenics College
4pm-4.30pm ThingleToodle & The Professor - Road Safety Education
4.40pm-5pm Kid’s Yoga

Kangan Institute Community Stage

 Time On stage 
10am-10.15am  Blue Fire Bellydance  
10.20am-10.45am Harmony for Humanity Community Choir
10.55am-11.10am The Dance Centre
11.20am-11.35am I Belly Dance Beledicious Troupe
11.45am-12pm Community Choir
12pm-12.30pm Moonee Valley Brass
12.40pm-1.05pm Italian Symphony at Queens Park
1.15pm-1.30pm Aydan - Soloist
1.40pm-2.10pm Vocal Art Studios
2.15pm-2.35pm Essendon Zumba Crew by Unleashed Entertainment
2.45pm-3.05pm Tahlia Eve - Soloist
3.15pm-3.30pm Balkan Folk Dance
3.40pm-4pm Essendon Keilor College VCE groups
4.10pm-4.25pm Christine Ayres School of Irish Dancing

The Australian Women's Choir joined by Paul Norton

and Wendy Stapleton

Telstra Moonee Ponds Cooking Stage

Time On stage 
10am-11am Ba Sar - Vietnamese Masterclass
11am-12pm Gina's Kitchen - Sesame Lavosh
12pm-1pm Country Women's Association - Mitchell Group
1pm-2pm Graina Foodies
2pm-3pm Country Women's Association - Mitchell Group
3pm-4pm 400 Gradi Essendon - Pizza Masterclass
4pm-5pm Tastes of Morocco

Bar Stage

Time On stage 
10am-10.30am South West
10.45am-11.15am Andrew Loadsman
11.30am-12.15pm Velvet Archers
12.30pm-1.pm Ben Mitchell
1.15pm-1.45pm Angeline Barberi
2pm-2.45pm The Funk Affair
3.10pm-3.55pm Royal Parade
4.10pm-5pm Dr Detroit

Please note: there is no Champagne Breakfast this year. Souvenir champagne glasses will be available to purchase from the information tent. Please join the Mayor and Councillors for the festival 40th birthday cake cutting at 1.15pm by the CityLink Main Stage.

Festival highlights


Andrew Loadsman

Based out of Melbourne, Andrew Loadsman’s energetic presence on stage is captivating & engaging to a wide demographic of listeners. His recent success on channel 9's  "The Voice 2016" caught the attention of Australia after he delivered “maybe the best Blind audition that The Voice has ever had” according to platinum-selling artist Joel Madden. 

50s, 60s and 70s on display.


Wheelie Workshop

Bring the kid’s bikes along (or scooter or any other set of wheels) and meet the Bike Doctors who are armed with a hot glue gun and decorations from flowers to dinosaurs to turn their bikes into the flashest rides around! Kids will get the chance to take their bikes for a spin, learn a few skills and show off their handiwork in a parade. 


The Senegambian Jazz Band 

The Senegambian Jazz Band features an internationally renowned line-up that traverses Gambia, Senegal, Ethiopia, Ghana and Australia and brings a completely unique sound to the Melbourne music scene.  The Senegambian Jazz Band brings Afro jazz, deep world music beats, and funk, fused together to create some truly awe-inspiring rhythms and melodies.



Cooking demonstrations

The Cooking Stage will feature demonstrations from a range of chefs and cuisines including a pizza and dessert demonstration from margherita champions 400 Gradi Essendon, and the Country Women’s Association will be whipping up a batch of scones for Devonshire tea.


Dr Detroit  

An explosion of 70s disco mayhem meets 80s pop ecstasy meets funk meets smooth jazz; and everything in between. Dr Detroit exude the type of energy and spontaneity that only seasoned performers who have played together for over 10 years can accomplish.


The Dreaming Space circus tent

Magic and circus shows, storytelling, circus workshops and play all day at the Dreaming Space!


The Funk Affair

The Funk Affair is a premium cover act fronted by Melbourne songstress Emmanuela Costatas. With a catalogue that includes all your favourite modern classics as well as much loved retro hits from the 70s and 80s, The Funk Affair is guaranteed to get the party started.

The Animals of the Magical Mountains

The Magical Mountains live shows feature the Australian animals from the Magical Mountain and their friend Wozza dancing and singing their colourful Australian themed music. Parents and children alike get a kick out of the high energy songs which cross diverse genres including rock and roll, blues, bluegrass and reggae.

Velvet Archers

Velvet Archers are a three piece folk band hailing from Melbourne's East. This foot stompin' trio will have your ears tingling with joy one minute then working up at dance sweat the next.


Indigenous Hip Hop Crew

Indigenous Hip Hop Project is a national multi‐cultural arts company that works with isolated, remote, regional and urban Indigenous communities across Australia. IHHP celebrates the fusion of traditional Indigenous culture and hip hop and will be bringing Indigenous hip hop dance to the stage.


Ben Mitchell

Australian singer-songwriter, Ben Mitchell writes indie-pop/rock, country, blues and folk. A genre-hoping troubadour at heart, Mitchell’s music embraces the heartfelt simplicity and story-telling of country and blues; the authenticity of classic singer-songwriters and the contemporary eclectic freedom of acts like Calexico, Beck and Prince.


Hoop Sparx hula hoop workshop 

Hoop Sparx workshop will have people of all ages spinning in circles. Grab a hoop and join in the excitement! Infused with fun and covering foundational moves and tricks, everyone will learn a hoop dance choreography before they leave.


Royal Parade

Moonee Valley locals, Royal Parade have been playing together for nearly 10 years. Classic pub rock, indie folk, epic ballads and soft piano songs take you on an emotional journey at each show, always leaving you wanting more.