The Eighty-Six festival lights up Darebin

A selection of the international visitors who will make High Street their home this October

Turning up the heat on one of the world’s most vibrant music cities, The Eighty-Six celebrates Melbourne and its love of music.

There are more venues along High Street between Northcote and Preston than in any other street in Australia, possibly more than any street worldwide.

From 23 – 31 October 2023, the festival will activate and amplify the existing venues: the theatres, record stores, bars, restaurants and bocce and bowls clubs that regularly present music along the 86 tram route. Collaborating with the small businesses at the heart of Melbourne’s quintessential late-night culture, The Eighty-Six is a music lovers' paradise.

The major program announcement is coming mid-year. In the meantime, here is a small taste – a selection of the international visitors who will make High Street their home this October:

Otoboke Beaver (Japan) — Australian Premiere
Described as “the most intense -- you’ve ever seen” – experience the notoriously wild live band – Kyoto’s Otoboke Beaver
25 October, Thornbury Theatre
Presented in partnership with Handsome Tours.

Makaya McCraven (USA) — Australian Premiere
A marquee act for one of the world’s hottest jazz labels, International Anthem – Chicago’s Makaya McCraven will perform as part of an Eighty-Six x Melb Jazz Fest collaboration.
25 October, The Croxton
Presented in partnership with Melbourne International Jazz Festival.

How Long Gone Live (USA) — Australian Exclusive
A live show for the American podcast “everyone wants to be on” – How Long Gone will spend a few days on The Eighty-Six – including a night at the Thornbury Theatre. Their only Australian experience will be on High Street for The Eighty-Six.
29 October, Thornbury Theatre
Presented in partnership with Penny Drop & Frontier Touring.

Los Bitchos (USA) — Australian Premiere
“I wanted to sound like Van Halen and Cocteau Twins – but from Turkey” say London psychedelic surf-disco safari combo Los Bitchos.
25 October, Shotkickers
Presented in partnership with Handsome Tours.

Connie Constance (UK) — Australian Premiere
Introducing Connie Constance – a rising star of British music. Surely the only artist to collaborate with both Sleaford Mods and Swedish House Mafia?
23 October, Northcote Social Club
Presented in partnership with Handsome Tours.

Built to Spill (USA) — Three-Night-Residency
Indie rock heroes Built To Spill will perform a three-night Northcote Social Club residency in what could be their most intimate shows in years.
24, 25 & 26 October, Northcote Social Club
Presented in partnership with Feel Presents.

Creative Victoria supports The Eighty-Six in partnership with Darebin City Council.

Quote attributable to The Eighty-Six Founder & Artistic Director, Woody McDonald:

“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. We are excited to share the full program, including a truly epic celebration of our local music ecosystem.”

Quote attributable to Minister for Creative Industries Steve Dimopoulos

“Victoria is Australia’s home of live music and we are bringing the best international and local acts to Northcote for this one-of-a-kind music festival to showcase what we do best.”

Quote attributable to the Mayor of Darebin City Council, Councillor Julie Williams:

“We’re proud to partner with the State Government to showcase our thriving live music scene with this exciting and unique new festival. The Eighty-Six celebrates Darebin’s exceptionally talented and creative arts community, and supports the live music venues and retail and hospitality businesses that make our diverse and vibrant city so wonderful.”

Quote attributable to Member for Northcote Kat Theophanous

“There is nowhere else on earth that could host a festival like The Eighty-Six. With so many amazing venues, set to host an array of artists and events, this festival will showcase Northcote’s live music scene like never before.”

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