Music and Film


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Decibels Youth Music Centre provides low-cost recording and rehearsal facilities, music programs and resources for young people aged 12-25 who are looking to record, rehearse or extend their networking and knowledge of the contemporary music industry.

Decibels Records
Darebin City Council’s Decibels Records program is a youth-led initiative for young people interested in pursuing a career within the music industry.

The year-long program provides opportunities for participants to gain first hand experience in the various elements of establishing, maintaining and being signed to an independent record label.

Applications have now closed for the 2014 Darebin Decibels Artists. 



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The FReeZA program is a part of the Victorian State Government funded FReeZA initiative that gives young people the opportunity to lead the planning and staging of live music and cultural events within their local communities.
As one of 78 state-wide providers, the FReeZA program also provides important performance opportunities for local musicians and emerging artists to showcase their talent through competitions such as the Victorian FReeZA Push Start Battle of the Bands.

All FReeZA events are fully supervised, drug, alcohol and smoke-free.


Filming Permit

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We have a diverse range of locations all within close proximity to the CBD. From inner city period homes to suburban areas and vast parklands, Darebin has proven to be a popular filming location for many shows.
Filming Permits
Permits are required to film within the City of Darebin municipality. A copy of your public liability insurance coverage (minimum of $20,000,000) is also required.

If you want to film in Darebin we suggest you firstly read our Conditions for Filming. 

Apply for a Filming Permit
  1. Complete the Filming Permit Application Form
  2. Complete the Filming Addendum Application Form (if required) and a Location Agreement Form
  3. Submit your application by post.

Mail to:
Traffic Services
City of Darebin
PO Box 91

Consent Forms
If you would like Darebin residents to be part of your film you will need gain consent from each party, including children under 18 years old. 

Shows Filmed in Darebin
  • The Secret Life of Us
  • My Brother Jack
  • Head On
  • Mr. Average
  • Blonde
  • Halifax F.P
  • Stingers
  • Good Guys Bad Guys
  • Commercials including the Transport Accident Commission (T.A.C.)
  • Music videos including INXS 'Listen Like Thieves' at the Westgarth Cinema
Further Information
Customer Service
Ph: 8470 8888

Darebin Music Feast

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Every year, Melbourne’s thriving music community comes together to celebrate songwriting and music at the Darebin Music Feast. This rich and diverse collection of musical events is built on the philosophy that music brings people together and can be enjoyed by all.

Darebin's Music Feast celebrates 20 years with an incredible lineup. Taking place from Thursday October 27 to Sunday November 6, the Darebin Music Feast will span more than 40 venues and feature more than 600 artists over 11 days. The event's program is an explosion of activity that ranges from industry panels, family workshops, live discussions, dance parties, interactive installations and more.

Few municipalities in Melbourne can boast the boundless creativity of Darebin. Taking in Thornbury, Northcote, Reservoir, Preston, Macleod, Fairfield, Bundoora, Alphington and Kingsbury, Darebin boasts a veritable bounty of talent and is brimming with art, music and dedication to culture.

For updates and news about this event, and opportunities to be involved, visit the Darebin Music Feast website.