It’s the festival within a festival, the party within a party.
The Village hosts hundreds of performers: live theatre, comedy, circus, music and all the strange things that could only really happen at The Village. “…a haven of weird and wonderful creativity” (The Age). You are encouraged to get creative yourself: make yourself a costume, play games in Battle Island and bust your move in “So You Think You Can Interpretive Dance”.
Relax by day, party by night! We’re open during the day with morning yoga, podcasts, Bey Dance workshops, weddings and the Red Cross Op Shop. At night, spark your curiosity with The Burnt Sausages, Ladybeard, 10 Minute Dance Parties and karaoke. A big thank-you goes out to the Creative Victoria’s for their support of The Village Festival’s program this year.
Friday 29 December: 1pm – 6pm
Saturday 30 December: 10am – 6pm
Sunday 31 December: 12.30am – 4am
10am – 6pm
Monday 1 January: 12.30am – dawn
FRIDAY 29th 1-6pm
With a unique blend of high-level acrobatic skills and hilarious character work, this two man adult circus show is sure to keep your brain… Mind-blown
1.00 pm Sunhouse
The Cultmunity: Dance like a Queen
Dance like Beyonce! Banish your inner wallflower, throw on a stank face, learn some sassy power-stances and booty pop like everyone is watching. Welcome to the Cultmunity.
2.30 pm – 3.15pm Friday 29th December Village Main Stage
The Burnt Sausages
(BBQ themed punk band with props)
The Burnt Sausages are – BBQ Punk. Prepare to be dunked in tomato sauce, coleslaw and smokin’ original hits. WARNING : CONTAINS MEATY MAYHEM
2.15pm Friday 29th December Sunhouse
SATURDAY 30th 10am-6pm
The Wedding Factory is a modern celebration of love, but without the fuss and bother. We at The Wedding factory have been to all of those boring weddings over the years, and we promise no prose nor rhyme and definitely no restrictions on gender, race or age… or species…
Saturday 30th December, 12pm-6pm Wedding Cuppola
Blending influences from 1970s Nigerian Afrobeat with the deepest of street Funk, The Seven Ups are the original 7-piece party band out of Melbourne. Expect unrestrained solos by unkempt horns over an unpretentious rhythm section whose only interest is laying it down!
Saturday 30th December, 11am – 11.45am Village Main Stage
Look out for Chaos Magnet, the intergalactic musical roving team of runaway space warriors! They play snappy songs from this planet and their own, while juggling, dancing and telling the story of their daring escape!
Saturday 30th December, 12.45pm-1pm Village Main Stage
SUNDAY 31st 12.30am-4am
Armed with nothing but a slew of horns and percussion, Copperhead Brass Band combines elements of the loud, gritty street parties of New Orleans with the meticulously arranged sounds and beats of a hip-hop troupe.
Sunday 31st December, 1.50am – 2.50am Village Main Stage
Named after a 1947 tube amplifier. Progressively regressive reverse engineered analogue dance music with live, improvised painting.
A movement that celebrates all that is sacred in art making – fun, complexity, spontaneity, originality, energy, community.
Sunday 31st December, 3.10am – 4.00am Village Main Stage
Madeline Leman and the Desert Swells create a retro Americana sound that is sinful and soulful, heartbreaking and leg shaking. Both hard to define and easy to love, their combination of 60s surf, 70s pop and folk/country twang will take you on a wild ride that you won’t want to get off.
Sunday 31st December, 12.30am-1.30am Village Main Stage
SUNDAY 31st 10am-5pm
This is a Village favourite! This show calls on the audience to interpretive dance to a song they don’t get to choose. Hilarious! Hosted by the inimitable Joana Simmons.
3pm Sunday 31st December, Sunhouse
From the depths of Melbourne’s underground, The Ivory Elephant exist in a space of late nights and loud sounds. Music that arcs back to the greats of 70s rock n’roll, saturated with heavy psych guitar and down-home delta blues.
Sunday 31st December, 3.15pm-4pm Village Main Stage
Enter your mind, body and soul, feel what moves you, feel the rhythm lift you up. VanderAa begin with the music and end with the music, what lies in between is a story they love to share
Sunday 31st December, 5.15pm-6pm Village Main Stage
MONDAY 1st 12.30am-LATE
10 Minute Dance Parties
Guest DJs will be rocking the shipping container cum inflatable nightclub hard – but only for ten minutes. A euphoric experience that must be experienced to be believed.
Monday 1st January, 12.30am-late Inflatable Venue
Ladybeard is the brutally cute pro-wrestler, Kawaiicore metal singer, cosplayer, TV personality and idol, currently taking the world by storm! Hailing from Australia but now based in Tokyo, Japan, Ladybeard is inspiring and entertaining millions all over the world!
Monday 1st January, 12.30am – 1.10am Village Main Stage
Bringing together both forces of dark and light, Space explorers Zoë Fox and the Rocket Clocks launch into a mixed salad of psychedelic pop, enter time warps of soft lullabies and then blast into the future with classic disco pop. We are all swirling around in space anyway, so we might as well come together and dance…
Monday 1st January. 1.30am – 2.20am Village Main Stage