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Free lunchtime concert to rock Melbourne Day

Headlined by music legends

Ross Wilson

(Daddy Cool, Mondo Rock)

Jack Howard

(Hunters & Collectors)

Lisa Edwards

(John Farnham Band)

Federation Square
August 30, noon to 2pm

In a career spanning 40 years, Ross Wilson remains one of Australia's most-respected artists. Ross exploded out of the 1970s as the front man for Daddy Cool, later forming Mondo Rock, which was behind chart-topping singles and albums from the mid-’70s to the late ‘80s.  

Former trumpet player for Hunters & Collectors, Jack Howard has covered an enormous amount of musical ground. Jack has played with Midnight Oil, The Living End, The Violent Femmes, Rodriguez, The Break, You Am I, Little Red, Pete Murray and others. He has composed a song specifically for Melbourne Day, which he will debut at the concert.

 “I’m so pleased to be a part of the Melbourne Day concert! I’ve even written a new song about Melbourne - it’s all about growing up as a north-western suburban boy and playing in a rock ’n’ roll band. I can’t wait to debut it on August 30th at Fed Square”, said Jack Howard.

He will also perform his latest hits from The Passing Parade with Nicky Del Ray as well as the Hunters and Collectors classic hit and honorary Melbourne anthem Holy Grail.

One of Australia’s leading performers, Lisa Edwards’ success as a vocalist has been well documented. Lisa is best known as a backup singer for John Farnham Band since 1988.  Lisa has worked with some of Australia’s biggest acts, including one of Australia’s most-highly acclaimed performers and producers, Michael Cristiano. The duo perform regularly and are a popular act around Australia. Lisa and Michael will perform hits from her solo albums as well as the classic Farnham hit You’re the Voice.

“Michael and I are proud and honoured to be involved in the Melbourne Day Concert to celebrate Melbourne’s 181st birthday. We look forward to seeing you all there at the 'birthday bash of the year’ in Federation Square for the world’s most liveable city”, says Lisa Edwards.


Official flag-raising ceremony 2016

Join us as we raise the Melbourne flag at Enterprize Park

You are invited to the official kick-off event at Enterprize Park, Flinders St, on Melbourne Day, 30 August, 2016.

Join city councillors, the 2016 Junior Lord Mayor competition winner, Melbourne Day chairman Campbell Walker and committee, invited guests, dignitaries and others as we hoist the city's flag at 9am.

This is a free public event, school groups, families welcome. Bring the whole flock!

Enterprize Park, on the north bank of the Yarra River at the bottom of William St, is where the first Europeans landed on 30 August 1835 to start the first permanent settlement of Melbourne.


Melbourne Regatta

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Regatta Day

The Regatta features a dazzling flotilla on Victoria Harbour's southern basin. Bring the whole family and join the Melbourne Passenger Boating Association and the Mission to Seafarers in a Blessing of the Fleet.

The Melbourne Regatta was first held on August 30, 1838, making it the first regatta in Australia.

For more details visit the Melbourne Regatta official website, the Mission to Seafarers' website and the Enterprize's website.


Melbourne Our Town

Debuted at the 2015 Melbourne Day Concert by Soli Tesema

Hear a preview: Melbourne Our Town (MP3, 0:55)

Buy the full version from iTunes

Credits: Music by Bettina Spivakovsky, lyrics by Bettina Spivakovsky, performed by Soli Tesema, live and midi instrumentalists Kit Riley and Bettina Spivakovsky, producers Kit Riley and Bettina Spivakovsky. Produced at Kit Riley Studios (2015).

Melbourne Our Town

Melbourne is our town
Melbourne is our city
Come on, take the tram around
Look at all the beauty
Underneath the Southern skies
And together we’ll stand with one hope
And we all discover treasures in the place that we call home

Melbourne is our town
Melbourne is our city
Take the tram around
Look at all the beauty
Underneath the Southern skies
And together we’ll stand with one hope
Everyone can join us, let’s all rise up, come on celebrate

The rhythm of each day, with all the hustle and the bustle
Nature and man in harmony with each other
They came from different shores and taught us how to value freedom
And those who lived before us shared with us their wisdom
It’s the quiet of the park, it’s crowd and it’s the footy
It’s the starlight after dark, it’s our future and it’s history
We built on land and shore, discovered mountains, sailed the waters
Welcome everyone to this great land
In  Melbourne town

Melbourne is our town
Melbourne is our city
Come on, take the tram around
Look at the beauty
Look at all the beauty
Underneath the Southern sky
And together we’ll stand with one hope
Everyone come and join us, let’s all celebrate

Melbourne is our town
Melbourne is our city
Melbourne is our town
Melbourne is our city

Melbourne is your town
Melbourne is your city
Melbourne is your town
Melbourne is your city


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Official flag-raising ceremony

Melbourne Day Concert

Melbourne Our Town song