West Set’s 2021 line-up is huge.
Melbourne doesn’t shut down or go into hibernation for the winter months because when it comes to art and culture, we like it all year round. Especially live music, which is why we’re excited about the return of Footscray’s West Set.
After a brief pause last year, the City of Maribynong has now revealed the line-up for the winter live music series as well as the fourteen venues that will be hosting shows across the ten days of the festival, which will be from Thursday June 10 to Sunday June 20. Our favourite news, though, has to be that the majority of shows will be free to attend!
Aimed at revitalising Footscray’s live music venues as well as bars and restaurants in the area, West Set will take place at venues that are all pretty much in walking distance to each other (and from the train station too) meaning that attendees are more than capabale of catching multiple live gigs each night they slip on their dancing shoes.
Venues include Baby Snakes, Hotel Westwood, Kindred Studios, Sloth Bar, Littlefoot, Jambo, The Cheeky Pint, Small French Bar, Corner 90, Pride of our Footscray, Footscray Hotel, Victoria Hotel, Bluestone Church, and Counterweight Vinyl.
In terms of music, West Set won’t be sticking to just the one or three musical genres. Instead, there’ll be a bit of somerthing for everyone with styles ranging from indie to hip hop and jazz, from alt country and glam rock to Irish fiddle, Gypsy swing and African drumming. There’s pop too as well as post punk, grunge and blues as well. Like we said, a bit of everything for everyone.
Artists on the line-up include Cool Out Sun, Angie McMahon, Joelistics, Soju Gang, June Jones, Jess Ribeiro, Dan Kelly, Elle Shimada, Imperial Leather, Izy, Jazz Party, Laneous, Sophie McAlister, Freya Josephine Hollick and Alara to name just a bunch.
A few of the festival highlights should be Opening Night with Angie McMahon, the Love Shack Studio Showcase as well as the Music In Exile Showcase and the Professional Development Panel that will be exaining the future of music, mental health awareness for creatives and how to balance creating with working.
For the full program of events, make sure you check out the festival program here.