TGIF, right? Jens Lekman at The Garden Party may be sold out tonight, but we’ve got some sweet tunes to keep you satisfied all weekend for our closing weekend!

Sexy, gritty pop and deep, swaggering grooves.

Since the release of her debut album, Headway, in 2004, Bertie has continued to develop her signature vocal style and penchant for brutally honest lyrics in her exploration of modern pop. Her recent album, Boy, received critical acclaim, blending electronic influences to deliver pop music with depth. This promises to be a mesmerizing performance from this ARIA award-winning, seductive vocalist.

Swooning folk-infused indie tunes formed around the seriously talented song writing duo of Alex Gow and Thomas Savage.  This Melbourne outfit create gorgeous songs and have been dubbed by Rolling Stone as potentially being “the freshest, smartest song writing partnership since the Finn brothers”.  

We’re not sure quite how to describe Eden’s music, but we love it!  It’s his own brand of pop that combines orchestral textures with driving rhythms, moments of operatic high drama with sweet soulful melodies.  Catchy and memorable . . . and one to watch!

The Garden Party’s last session for now. But don’t be sad, folks, we’ve got some swooning and swaggering yet to come!

After a decade as frontman of The Beautiful Girls striving to get bigger, better, louder and more colourful, Mat’s latest offering is honest, intimate and stripped back to the essentials. With exquisite lyric writing, Mat’s delicate, lilting melodies cut to the heart.

Heavy doses of stomping outlaw country rock, irresistible crooning, classic storytelling and a stage full of charisma. Likened to Johnny Cash and Jack Black, Henry Wagons & The Unwelcome Company own a distinctive sound that pays homage to the greats but that is unmistakably fresh and of today with tunes “that are as greatly dark and murky as they are dance-inducing”.

With a folk-country sound of their own, Jess Ribeiro & The Bone Collectors have had an amazing few months with a win at the AIR Awards for Best Country album and a placement on the shortlist of the upcoming Australian Music Prize.  Jess and the band conjure up beautifully lilting melodies and stories about people and places that stay with you.  Great musicianship completes the package and their music is the perfect tonic for your Sunday afternoon blues.


Let’s flash back to The Garden Party Weekend 2, shall we?

Fat Yak Pale Ale and Dirty Granny cider was flowing and Soul Kitchen Cafe served up delicious festival treats.

The sweet sound of Gossling filled the air on Friday, Kira Puru & the Bruise and Graveyard Train got the crowd going on Saturday and Husky made our hearts melt on Sunday.

Were you there? Did our digital gnomes capture your pretty faces on video? Find out below!



This morning The Garden Party site was declared a crime scene.
A terrible act of Gnomocide occurred.

The assailant, a young man resembling a Hipster Hamburglar was spotted trying to kidnap our beloved Party Gnome.  


Thankfully, The Party Gnome escaped unharmed.
The rest of the Gnome-ily wasn’t so lucky


That’s right. Bring us a gnome, any gnome from anywhere. Make the Gnome-ily whole again.
Present your gnome to our friendly Garden Party staff on arrival.
The staff will then trade your gnome for a beer token so you can drink and be merry!



Let’s flashback to Opening Night shall we?

Fat Yak Pale Ale and Dirty Granny cider was flowing and Soul Kitchen Cafe served up delicious festival treats.

Music bloomed with Axolotl who charmed audiences with their alluring ambient-pop sound, Brous blew us away with her sexy 60s-inspired jazz-pop and The Bamboos gave a fun-filled and funk-off fabulous show!

Were you there?  Relive Axolotl, Brous & The Bamboos & see if your pretty faces were captured by our cheeky digital gnomes right here…


Wasn’t last weekend funk-off fabulous? The Bamboos brought the funk to our Opening Night Party on Friday, Fantine befriended The Party Gnome on Saturday and Kashmere Stage Band transported us to the 70s with a seriously cool set on Sunday.

Were you there? Want to see what you’re missing out on?
Click here to view the photos from our Opening Night Party on Friday.
Click here to view the photos from our Australia Day Party on Saturday and Kashmere Stage Band on Sunday.


Gossling headlines The Garden Party’s Friday night line-up. You may have stumbled across Gossling’s unique voice from her guest vocals on 360’s 2012 track Boys Like You or you may have heard her beautiful country and western-esque folk ballad, Wild Love off her debut EP Intentional Living on the radio. Gossling performs with Sydney four-piece Battleships and Brisbane five-piece Art of Sleeping from 5pm this Friday.

Graveyard Train bring the grit to The Garden Party on Saturday. These six men play men’s instruments just as men were born to do with a dark, gravel-like sound underscored by good-old guitar and drums – oh and a washboard, hammer and chain. Rockers Little Bastard and the fierce Kira Piru & The Bruise join Graveyard Train from 5pm this Saturday.

2011 winners of Triple J Unearthed, Husky tell us a musical story on Sunday. With their rich harmonies and artful songwriting they’ve performed alongside Devendra Banhart, Noah and the Whale, Kimbra, Jinja Safari and Gotye. Husky have become a much-loved band of Australia’s indie-music scene and are joined by alternative-folk band The Trouble with Templeton and Caitlin Park this Sunday.

Want to join the party? Purchase tickets to this weekend at The Garden Party here! Tickets off-sale or simply indecisive? Roll-up on the evening and get tickets at the gate – they’re $45 on the day.

Want to win this week’s CD prize pack feat. Gossling, Graveyard Train, The Trouble With Templeton and Mia Dyson? Click here.


This Saturday 26 January, The Garden Party opens its doors to celebrate Australia Day! We’d love for you to join us in The Garden from 5pm and listen to the sweet sounds of Fantine, Hiatus Kaiyote and The Bearded Gypsy Band so here’s some helpful info to make your Australia Day ace.

  • The Garden Party is a licensed venue with designated smoking areas and is therefore suitable for grownups. 18+ only, folks.
  • The Australia Day Party is a free event and for safety and security reasons, capacity is limited. We recommend you arrive early, explore The Garden Party space, say hello to the cheeky garden gnomes and funky flamingos and relax with a bevvy.
  • People who are being intentionally rowdy or disruptive will be ejected from the venue. We’re all friends here, so let’s just enjoy the music, shall we?
  • Pass outs are available. Ask our friendly staff at The Garden Party entrance gate and they will stamp your wrist. If The Garden Party reaches capacity upon your return, you will have to wait until our Safety and Security Officers give the OK for you to be admitted back on site.
  • If you’re working up a thirst or an appetite, we have food and drink available on site for purchase. There are also water taps on site to keep you hydrated.
  • The approximate set times for the Australia Day Party are:
    5.oopm > DJ Edd Fisher
    5.45pm > The Bearded Gypsy Band
    6.45pm > DJ Edd Fisher
    7.15pm > Hiatus Kaiyote
    8.15pm > DJ Edd Fisher
    9.00pm > Fantine

Something else you’d like to know? Visit our Frequently Asked Questions Page here.

Still got a question? Comment below and ask. We’ll get back to you.

See you on Australia Day, folks!


Here’s everything you need to know about coming to play at The Garden Party.

Where do I collect my tickets?
You will need to print your tickets at home or work. If you have pre-purchased tickets to The Garden Party, venture down the left aisle with your printed tickets and photo ID in hand. If you need to purchase tickets, make your way to the transaction aisle located to the right of the entrance gate. We accept all methods of payment at the Box Office – cash, credit card and Eftpos.

Can I buy tickets at the door?
Yes, yes you can. These tickets are slightly more expensive than advance tickets to The Garden Party, but you can pay with cash, Eftpos or credit card. Make your way to the transaction aisle which is located to the right of the entrance gate.

What time does the music start?
Our music acts take the stage approximately 1 hour after gates open. We also have a beaut bunch of DJs who will be mixing some tunes in between the acts. We advise you arrive early though so that you can get a good view of the stage and explore the space. Visit for approximate set times.

Are there pass-outs available?
Yes. Show your wrist to one of our friendly staff at the entrance gates of The Garden Party and they will give you a stamp which will allow you to enter and exit freely.

Is The Garden Party all ages?
No. The Garden Party site is a licensed venue with designated smoking areas and is therefore suitable for grownups. However, those aged 10 years and over can enter The Garden Party site on Sundays as long as they are accompanied by a responsible adult and under adult supervision at all times.

Is there an ATM on site?
Nope. The nearest ATM is located at the Sturt Street IGA (near The Malthouse) or the Arts Centre Melbourne car park. We have no cash-out option at The Garden Party Box Office either.

Is merchandise available?
Yes. There will be a limited range of merchandise available for various acts. Visit the merchandise window and see what musical goodies tickle your fancy when you arrive.

Is The Garden Party site wheelchair accessible?
Yes! The Garden Party venue, facilities and services are accessible to everyone, including people that require use of a wheelchair.  We want everyone to have a great time with us, so venue staff are more than happy to assist where possible with your access requirements.

Can I bring water in to The Garden Party site?
Our safety and security officers will be emptying out all plastic bottles upon entry. But don’t worry, you won’t go thirsty because we have accessible water taps on site to keep you hydrated at all times.

Can I buy drinks on site?
The Garden Party will be selling tokens that you can then exchange for alcoholic drinks at the bar. Simply visit the token windows that are located to the right of The Garden Partyentrance gate. Soft drinks are available from the food vendors too (cash payments only).

Can I buy food on site?
Absolutely. We have a great range of food vendors who will be serving up some delicious festival treats to keep you energized at The Garden Party, including Soul Kitchen Cafe, Gumbo and Yogadiction. You don’t need tokens for the food, just cash.

Can I bring my camera?
It depends, you see.

Got a point and shoot camera or a camera on your phone? Yes! You can bring your camera to The Garden Party. Share you photos with us on Facebook, Twitter or via Instagram, we’d love to see your photos.

Got a professional-standard camera or video camera? No, please leave it at home. Here’s the thing – unauthorized photography may result in images being deleted by security staff. Media and professional photographers must arrange accreditation through The Garden Party management team (refer to Stage Door). Discretion as to whether your camera is deemed a professional-standard camera rests with The Garden Party management team and security staff. Debate will not be entered into. Cameras with powerful zoom lenses or multiple lenses in a carry case will not be allowed. The use of recording devices of any kind is not permitted.

Is there a cloakroom on site?
Nope. If you find you require more than just the bare necessities, you’ll have to bring a bag that is large enough to carry it all in, like Mary Poppins.

What’s the deal with Lost Property?
If you find an item that appears to be lost and in need of being found, hand it over to one of our friendly Garden Party staff who will then take it to Stage Door.

If you lose something, speak with one of our friendly Garden Party staff who will then liaise with Stage Door to see if any items have been handed in.

If it’s nice, we call dibs.

I’m driving, where do I park?

For those with wheels, there are a variety of easily accessible car parks located in Southbank including:

  • Arts Centre Melbourne Car Park (enter via Sturt Street) – 150 metres north along Sturt Street
  • The Australian Ballet Centre Car Park (2 Kavanagh St) – opposite the Arts Centre Melbourne car park.
  • Australian National Car Parks – Sturt Street, next to the ABC building.

If you’re quick, there is also street parking located along Sturt Street and Grant St next to The Malthouse and behind the VCA.

I’m catching public transport, how do I get to The Garden Party?

Travelling by tram?

The nearest tram stop is Stop 16 – (Southbank Boulevard/St Kilda Road) located in front of the National Gallery of Victoria. This is a platform tram stop providing level access to low floor trams, passenger shelter and protection from traffic. Melbourne Recital Centre is a short walk down Southbank Boulevard (approximately 200 metres). This stop is serviced by routes 1, 3, 5, 6, 8, 16, 64, 67, 72.

Travelling by train?
From Flinders Street station, catch any tram heading south along St Kilda road and alight at the Stop 16 (Southbank Boulevard/St Kilda Road). Melbourne Recital Centre is a short walk down Southbank Boulevard (approximately 200 metres).

Travelling by bus?
Melbourne Bus Link operates three routes along Southbank Boulevard: Route 216, 219 and 220.
The free Melbourne City Tourist Shuttle runs in a loop through Melbourne’s CBD every 15 minutes, and stops at the corner of Southbank Blvd and Kavanagh Street (Stop 10). For more information please go to and click on the tourist shuttle logo.

What happens if it rains?

We all know Mother Nature can be temperamental, so we suggest you suss out the weather forecast prior to your arrival to see if sunscreen and a hat or a jacket and scarf may be required.

Basic wet weather rules apply to The Garden Party events. If it rains, the performance will go ahead. If inclement weather takes hold, our Concert Event Manager and associated staff will make the executive decision as to whether it is safe to go ahead with the performance or not. In this instance ticket holders will be notified as soon as possible via as many communication channels as possible including Facebook and Twitter.

Any more questions? Comment below and we will get back to you as soon as we can with the answer!

Looking for Garden Party tickets?

With the most eclectic and interesting line-up in Melbourne and a summer-tastic backyard vibe, The Garden Party is the place to be. You can buy tickets for most events now, to save money and time.

The entry fee for each evening of The Garden Party is from $35 + booking fee (if you buy in advance).

Advance sales for The Garden Party are through moshtix:

1. online at select retail outlets. Click here for locations.
3. over the phone by calling 1300 GET TIX (438 849)
4. using your smart phone.

You can also pay your entry fee on the night at The Garden Party Box Office. Some evenings will sell out and door sales will be slightly more expensive, so to avoid disappointment (and save $) we recommend you book ahead.

These are licensed events. You must be 18+ to attend Friday and Saturday nights. Sunday afternoons are all-ages, but under-18s must be accompanied by someone over the age of 18.


Tinpan Orange

Tinpan Orange (10 Feb)

A few little bits and pieces to report:

1. New acts announced: Aussie Neo-Country genius Henry Wagons is now on the bill for closing night (Sunday 17 Feb), post-modern pop singer Eden Mulholland and Melbourne rockers Oh Mercy perform on Saturday 16 February (this one is now on sale, too).
2. The adorable Emily Lubitz of Tinpan Orange (Sunday 10 Feb) was profiled in The Saturday Age, read the article here.

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A Peek into The Garden


‘The line-up is awesome, but what is The Garden Party going to look like?’ We’re glad you asked! A couple of very cool, very talented Melbourne designers have been hard at work devising a quirkily beautiful environment for you to enjoy this summer. Read the full story and see some more artist’s impressions here.

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