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Illy, Jerome Farah, Miss Kaninna, Kira Piru & More Added To Free Melbourne SoundBox Events

10 October 2023 | 9:33 am | Mary Varvaris

Get ready to see emerging and established artists up close in ways you've never seen before.

SoundBox 2022

SoundBox 2022 (Credit: Simon Fazio)

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Victoria’s 17-day ALWAYS LIVE program, which celebrates live music in central and regional hubs, has grown again with its ten-day free SoundBox pop-up live music studio heading to Melbourne’s CBD.

ALWAYS LIVE runs from 24 November until 10 December, and with the addition of the SoundBox program, over 350 local, national and international acts are performing across the state as part of more than 65 distinct events.

Across ten days at Melbourne’s Arts Centre forecourt, SoundBox’s free live performances, artist interviews, showcases, songwriting sessions, unique broadcasts and more will take over a bustling precinct in the city.

Leading the SoundBox program are Midnight Oil frontman Peter Garrett, Alex Lahey, rapper Illy, Holy Holy, Teen Jesus & The Jean Teasers, Ruby Fields, UK star General Levy, R&B stars Miss Kaninna and Jerome Farah, 12-piece Sunshine And Disco Faith Choir, Rebecca Black, pop-punk outfit Slowly Slowly, and even more.

Apart from performances, SoundBox will host a launch event entitled Blak Out Day on Friday, 24 November, with Airileke x Yidaki, Bandok Tati, Brother Nelson, Brothers in Arms, Caution, Izy, Jahmal Yami, Tamala Shelton, and Waari hosting a day of First Nations artist interviews and performances. The day will be broadcast on 3KND.

Other highlights include first-look peeks at the music industry offered by Kira Piru, putting on an event called KIRA-Oke, punk icons Amyl & The Sniffers and Cosmic Psychos will meet in raucous conversation, Clementine Ford will host Taylor Made Karaoke (a tribute to Taylor Swift), Mushroom Records will have a celebratory event for its 50th anniversary, Beijing-born Melbourne based DJ Moopie will perform, and Jessie Ware will appear at SoundBox, as well as her Summer Camp Festival headlining slot and ALWAYS LIVE show at Victoria by Farmers Daughters.

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SoundBox will conclude its ten-day program with If You Could Read My Mind singer, DJ and producer Ultra Nate.

Steve Smith, the CEO of ALWAYS LIVE, said in a statement, “ALWAYS LIVE SOUNDBOX on the forecourt of Arts Centre Melbourne is the heartbeat of the ALWAYS LIVE program. This activation is ten days of unmissable performances, giving audiences the chance to see emerging and established artists up close in ways they've never seen before.”

You can find more information about the SoundBox program via the ALWAYS LIVE website.