When you start your DJ career by winning a couple of DMC mixing competitions you get noticed…but to still be around two decades later takes more than vinyl juggling skills… following those Victorian DMC titles John Course has cemented himself as one of the leading personalities in Australian dance music culture.
Having been part of the house music revolution in Australia John has mixed numerous compilations including Vicious Cuts, Ministry of Sounds Sessions, One Love. Over 1 million albums with John Course mixes sold in this country, he is still one of Australia’s most in demand DJ’s.
DJ STAGE | Upbeat Workout Presented by Warner Music
Upbeat workout is a premium streaming music workout playlist, the ultimate playlist to help you go further, faster and stronger! Take if offline and it’ll be your best workout buddy. With over 40,000 followers on Spotify, what better way to keep motivated than with a live DJ set on the day!
DJ STAGE | Purple Sneakers
Purple Sneakers is one of Australia's most prominent niche music blogs.
Run by nationally touring DJs (who regularly perform at some of the country's largest festivals), and based around a young and enthusiastic team of contributors stationed around the country, the blog prides itself as being the centre of a forward thinking music and club-based community.
DJ STAGE | Central Station Records/ Chardy
Chardy for Central Station - Australia's longest running independent record label. The best in house, electro, trance, urban & hard dance music & cutting edge local & international talent. From humble beginnings as a boutique record store in Melbourne to the successful, internationally recognised label that it is today - Central Station has played a vital and integral role in the history and development of Australia's vibrant dance music scene.
MelSamba - Australia's first Samba School - was founded in 1988 by Brazilian Master Drummer Carlos Ferreira, from Rio de Janeiro. Since its inception, MelSamba has captivated audiences with its dynamic Brazilian sound. Carlos is a "ritmista" (drummer) with Rio's major Samba Schools, including the G.R.E.S. Estácio de Sá (World's first Samba School).
MelSamba has performed in many festivals around Australia and all major venues in Melbourne and it has achieved a well-earned reputation as Melbourne's only authentic Samba School. Our clients include Channel 10, Australian Football League, Ford Australia, Village Cinemas, Penguin Books.
Malcura are an exhilarating acoustic trio from Australia. Honing their craft as buskers in Melbourne’s Bourke Street Mall, Malcura have captivated the Australian public with their distinctive sound, which fuses Flamenco instrumentation with Latin rhythms and a Rock’n’roll mentality. Malcura create music for the soul; it’s a feeling as much as it is a sound.
After completing his ABRSM and a Bachelor of Music at Cardiff University, Gareth left Wales to explore the world. Collaborating endlessly along the way he explored a plethora of styles, eventually settling in Melbourne to focus on his aspirations in music. Influenced by film and emerging media, he released his solo piano debut album Notes to Self in 2011, documenting his experiences and encounters as a traveller and musician. Having composed for an array of projects, Gareth is currently directing his energies towards collaborative media such as scoring contemporary dances.
This Byron Bay native’s authentic and occasionally nostalgic musings on life and love have created a fresh take on contemporary indie folk, with a distinctive crowd-pleasing rock edge honed on the streets of Melbourne – an edge always underscored by his magnetic vocals and singular guitar stylings. Drawing on inspirations ranging from Angus & Julia Stone to Holy Holy, BW promises to deliver simply beautiful music.
Born and raised in Melbourne, Amy Pollock has been a professional musician for several years. Dedicating time to busk in the streets of Melbourne to develop her skills, she spends a lot of time in Bourke Street Mall and the Queen Victoria Markets. Through this, Amy has grown her career, performance style, creativity and has established herself within the music community. She has collaborated with many of Melbournes ‘up and coming’ creatives and has played at a range of Melbournes go-to music venues. Her music is perfect for creating a soothing atmosphere as she invites you into her own little world as you listen.
Deakin Cheerleading Club is a university club of competitive dancers and cheerleaders. They spend several hours every week pushing their limits in stunting, tumbling and dancing to become the best they can be. Deakin Cheer has around 200 members across 15 teams who all compete at many competitions throughout the year across Australia. With numerous state and national champion titles under their belt the Deakin Cheerleaders have set their sights this year on competing at the world championships in Florida, USA.
'STILTTAINMENT'S STILT DIVA'S' embody & celebrate exquisite feminine beauty. Their goddess-like beauty inspires reverence & adoration from afar. Wearing elaborately decorative costumes, which are lavish, glittering with rhinestones, sequins and feathers of all colours. They rove & entertain with grace, elegance & poise. Truly magical & sophisticated!
Bang Wombat! – Elwood College Band
Two young mop haired men set up on the stage. One sits down behind a drum set, a magic wand in each hand. The other filthy lay-about is visibly nervous, with his hair hanging in his face. Though there is fear, there is bravery in him as he hangs his guitar around his neck. The stage lights turn on, and they are introduced to a screaming crowd. They are both in a daze as they stare down at the wave of people before them. A few words muttered by the singer before he starts playing. Slowly the drummer begins to drum roll louder and louder building the snare to a roar; it sounds as if the room is about to collapse. All of a sudden it all comes together, becoming a unit, an eclipsing epitome of rock ’n’ roll.
They are Bang Wombat.
Melbourne Djembe Drummers
Run by Simon Lewis and Mitzi McRae, Melbourne Djembe is a creative company specializing in West African drumming and dance. We provide instruments, tuition, performances and corporate drumming experiences.
A full range of Djembes, Dunduns and other West African instruments are available ready to go or custom made. We re-skin all types of drums, repair instruments and provide expert advice on all matters of instrument care.
Sunshine Street Band
The Sunshine Street Band meets fortnightly at Albion Community House for two hours every other Tuesday – 7-9pm. The band is open to players of all skill levels and abiliy. So whether you’ve played for years or have never played a note and you’d like to join, come along… and bring your friends, it’s a community cand and everyone is welcome. Bring your instrument if you have one, there may be a few instruments available to borrow on a short term basis too.
City of Melbourne Highland Pipe Band
The City of Melbourne Highland Pipe Band is one of Australia’s oldest pipe bands. Our members are proud of traditions dating back to the 1890s. Since that time the band has earned a reputation for musical innovation and excellence in performance.
Squawkestra is a place where glorious sounds and harmonious playing is strongly encouraged but squawks are welcome. Squawkestra is a community orchestra for adults who are beginning to learn or returning to playing music.
Melbourne Spirit Cheer
The University of Melbourne Cheerleading Club is one of the university's newest sports affiliated teams. As a representative of Melbourne University, our Cheerleading Club is one of Victoria's premier squads. We pride ourselves in balancing academia, social responsibilities and sport training.
"Some highlight achievement of our club was our Pom team earning pinnacle bid in 2016. A world's bid was achieved in 2017 and our team will compete in America in 2018!"
Event Village / Funk Buddies
The Funk Buddies are 8 professional musicians from Melbourne, Australia. Between us there are many years of experience on stage and in studios, at festivals and functions, in dingy pubs and swanky clubs, in Melbourne, around the country and all over the world. Members of the band have shared the stage and studio with many local and international greats, at big events and on television. We make our living playing, recording, teaching, writing and arranging music. But when we want to let loose, we get together and unleash our favourite sound, New Orleans Street Funk.