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Howler plays host to Love Street this October. A boutique micro music and arts festival, featuring a huge indie line up: Immigrant Union, Saint Jude, The Darling Downs, Gena Rose Bruce, Josh Cashman, Domini Forster, Big Seal and the Slippery Few, Broads and David Craft. It’s a day influenced by folk, country and blues, interweaved with an eclectic arts program of dance, projection, puppetry, circus and spoken word.


Headlining the festival is Immigrant Union. This psychedelic folk rock band is the love child of Brent DeBoer (Dandy Warhols) and Bob Harrow. With country riffs and layered reverb, their uncompromising appeal has brought them international recognition and they have previously performed with the likes of Noel Gallagher, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and Dead Meadows. 2014 saw the release of the band’s second album Anyway, garnering critical acclaim with 4 star reviews from Rolling Stone, The Age and The Music as well as album of the week status at PBS and 2SER.


Melbourne’s Saint Jude shamelessly wear a rhythm and soul tapestry of influences on their sleeves. Reminiscent of the Muscle Shoals and Shangri-La eras of rhythm-drenched country-soul rock’n’roll, Saint Jude sing out in a mess of grisly guitars, swirling organ and tapered five-piece gospel harmonies that have become synonymous with their dynamic live show.


The Darling Downs made up of Kim Salmon (Scientists, Beasts of Bourbon, the Surrealists, Salmon, The Business, Precious Jules) and Ron S. Peno (Died Pretty, Ron S. Peno and The Superstitions) bring their potent mix of folk, bluegrass and indie rock to the Love Street line up. Lyrics of striking imagery are teamed with magical melodies and a high, lonesome sound.


Gena Rose Bruce is making serious waves with her live shows and evocative vocals. Combining dreamy alt pop with killer lyrical content, She has just recorded new tracks under the eye of ARIA nominated producer Steven Schram (San Cisco, Clairy Browne).


With an appearance earlier this year at Byron Bay Blues Fest Josh Cashman brings his captivating vocal ability, heartfelt songwriting and an instrumental energy, audiences can expect acoustic folk inspired sounds, united with electronic textures and sublime loops.


Melbourne songstress, Domini Forster combines harp-like ukulele with melancholy lyricism. Delivering her songs with endearing charm and a strong pure voice, Domini is fast becoming a darling of the local music scene. She has recently completed her second national tour with renowned Australian artist Lior, after releasing her debut EP Little Dreamer.


With finger picked resonator guitar and raspy vocals, Big Seal and the Slippery Few’s music draws influence from the American south, with one foot in the past and one foot firmly in the present. Their full band includes everything from trombones to mandolins and their ramshackle charm has left audiences in a feverish haze in the underground folk hot-spots of Melbourne.

Broads is the coming together of Kelly Day and Jane Hendry (The Nymphs) and their shared love of face-melting harmonies and murder mysteries.


David Craft is Perth’s rising folk rock star, with his velvet baritone, intricate arrangements and vivid, fragmented lyrics, which have been compared to the likes of Smog and Tom Waits. 


She roller skates, she interpretive dances and best of all, she does this whilst reciting self devised poetry with titles such as ‘My Penis is a Lighthouse’ and ‘The Damp Patch Where My Love Once Was’. She is Telia Nevile, award winning writer and performer, with recent appearances including the Sydney Writers Festival, the Indianapolis Fringe and The Last Tuesday Society at the Malthouse Theatre. 


World renowned Constanza Tangoblanca will grace Love Street with her most famous work: ‘Mi Longa Para Youa’, a Tango that comes from the very roots of Argentina’s roots, a ground breaking performance exploring sexuality, power and beauty. Constanza is the creation of highly acclaimed physical theatre artist, director and producer, Nadine Dimitrievitch, a graduate of L’Ecole Internationale de Theatre Jacques Lecoq and Artistic Director of Melbourne’s Bone Marrow Theatre.  


Yo! Let’s Go dance troupe is a flash mob flashback to the 90’s. Having previously performed to rave reviews in Melbourne’s underground warehouse party scene and featuring choreography inspired by 90’s legends, such as Vanilla Ice, New Kids on the Block and Salt ‘n’ Pepa, they bring a blend of energy, crazy 90’s inspired costume, and a tasty element of surprise. 


Jhess Knight is an Australian puppeteer and puppet maker. Trained at the London School of Puppetry, Jhess has previously collaborated with Snuff Puppets, as well as actors, opera singers and musicians, to create beautiful and varied works, with a recent performance with Melbourne’s Summersalt Festival.


Ticket prices are a cheerful $25+bf, so there is no need to start the loan fund usually associated with festivals! Love Street kicks off in the afternoon and rolls in to the evening featuring 16 music and arts acts. 






Immigrant Union

Saint Jude

The Darling Downs

Gena Rose Bruce

Josh Cashman

Domini Forster

Big Seal and the Slippery Few


David Craft

Telia Nevile

Constanza Tangoblanca

Yo! Let’s Go

Jhess Knight




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