Melbourne’s southside music celebration, Live N Local Festival, has today revealed a preview of the 2018 program with the announcement of four special events. Spanning eight days from 25 August to 1 September, City of Port Phillip’s local music festival promises to deliver an exciting and diverse line-up of exceptional talent at this year’s event.

In a first-of-its-kind event, UnderSCORE will see audiences experience the immersive nature of video game soundtracks in an orchestral concert at the Alex Theatre in St Kilda. Presented by The Otherworld Agency and supported by Creative Victoria and APRA AMCOS, the event aims to showcase the rapidly-growing video game industry and gaming soundtracks, which encompass the same depth and complexity associated with scores from feature films, if not more, due to the need for them to be interactive and able to adjust to gameplay. With exclusive arrangements by Kevin Penkin, the Crescendo Orchestra will perform a live symphonic rendition of celebrated Australian video game scores against a cinematic backdrop of the accompanying gameplay.

Kutcha Edwards – playing Memo Music Hall August 30
Photo by Mardi Thorpe
Celebrated singer-songwriter and proud Mutti Mutti man, Kutcha Edwards will perform his signature arrangements, in a set of heartfelt, personal songs accompanied by the Elwood Community Choir at the Memo Music Hall on Thursday 30 August.

Little Wise – playing STARWARD Whisky Distillery August 30
Photo by Mardi Thorpe
Acclaimed local talent, Little Wise, will launch her latest single Want It All at STARWARD Whisky Distillery on Thursday 30 August. With support from Ben Mastwyk, the event is free and guests will enjoy a complimentary STARWARD Winter Gin with ginger and lime upon arrival, along with drink specials provided exclusively for Live N Local by STARWARD.

Woodes – playing Memo Music Hall August 26
Photo by Andy Hatton
The Unsigned FReeZA Committee present a concert featuring Woodes, Eilish Gilligan and Poppy Rose at Memo Music Hall in St Kilda on Sunday 26 August. With her self-titled EP garnering more than 4.5 million streams online, Woodes returns to Live N Local after her 2016 debut to headline this special all ages event.

The full 2018 Live N Local program is set for release on Wednesday 25 July. For further details and to secure tickets for the events listed above, visit

Live N Local 2018 Special Events

FreeZA Live N Local Concert
Sunday 26 August
Featuring Woodes, Eilish Gilligan and Poppy Rose
Memo Music Hall, St Kilda
All Ages
Tickets $10 via Memo Music Hall

Kutcha’s Hall of Blues
Thursday 30 August
Featuring Kutcha Edwards with the Elwood Community Choir
Supported by Bumpy
Memo Music Hall, St Kilda
Tickets $15 via Memo Music Hall

Little Wise Single Launch
Thursday 30 August
Featuring Little Wise
Supported by Ben Mastwyk
STARWARD Whisky Distillery, Port Melbourne

Saturday 1 September
Featuring Crescendo Music Australia with exclusive arrangements by Kevin Penkin
Presented by The Otherworld Agency and the City of Port Phillip
Supported by Creative Victoria, APRA AMCOS, the Alex Theatre & Explore Port Phillip
Alex Theatre, St Kilda
Tickets $32 / $22 via Alex Theatre

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