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Sydney Road Street Party Brunswick Music Festival.
My trip to the Sydney Road Street Party Brunswick Music Festival wasn’t planned, rather a spur of the moment decision to drop in to see my lovely Daughter who lives in the Melbourne suburb of Brunswick.
Getting to Melbourne
After frantically searching for a cheap flight at short notice (Yes, I know near impossible, but I did it!) I called my Daughter to tell her I was coming for a visit, she asked when and I told her “tomorrow.”
Recovering from shock, she excitedly told me that I would be just in time for the Sydney Road Street Party. I asked what the Sydney Road Street Party was and she told me “You’ll find out, it’s part of the Brunswick Music Festival and you’re going to love it.”
So early the next morning I caught my flight to Melbourne, once there I took the SkyBus into Southern Cross Station on Spencer Street in the city, where my Daughter was waiting to greet me and together we caught the train to Brunswick.
Arriving at the Sydney Road Street Party Brunswick Music Festival
Getting off the train I was suddenly caught up with the sea of commuters exiting from the train (something you wouldn’t expect on a Sunday), already I could hear music and feel the excitement of the crowd around me.
After dropping off my bags, we walked back to the Sydney Road Street Party. I was surprised to see people young and old, from different walks of life and cultures enjoying this event, somehow I thought it would be just for young people, but no, there was something for everyone, even the kids had lots of activities to participate in.
I enjoyed my Daughter’s company until it came time for her to go to work, I continued to wander through the streets listening to the music, taking in the clothing, jewellery and food stalls and best of all people watching.
I came to a stage where the music was jumping, very Latin with lots of brass playing. The whole audience was dancing and I found myself carried away by the music, it just filled me with joy and rapture, the band’s name was Madre Monte and I am now a huge fan of their music.
Walking along Sydney Road I came across many musicians, one being Tom Ward who played a rather dilapidated guitar which had holes sliced into the front of it. As he was so popular I was only able to video snippets of his performance. It wasn’t until later I found out that he was a semi-finalist on “Australia’s Got Talent.” One thing for sure is, the man certainly has talent, and his fingers flew all over the guitar strings. Some of the little ones were having a ball running around in time to his music, I’m sure a lot of us adults would have liked to as well.
Many marching bands paraded down the street wearing colourful clothes, young girls wearing Mardi Gras costumes with purple plumed headdresses. The day was filled with colour.
Before going home I decided to pop into the Retreat Hotel in Brunswick for a cocktail. Popping in was harder than expected as it was so popular I had to line up to get in for around 15 minutes, but I’m glad I did I got to chat with some very interesting young people who wanted me to join them once inside. The Retreat is a very funky pub with lots of character, a wonderfully rowdy beer garden and lots of nooks and crannies inside. I chatted with my new friends Rick and Mia until I finished my drink.
When is the Sydney Road Street Party Brunswick Music Festival
All in all I found the Sydney Road Street Party to be one of the finest events around, I’ll be booking it in for next year that’s for sure. The 2017 Sydney Road Street Party is on the 5th of March from 12 pm to 7 pm. The Sydney Road Street Party is part of the Brunswick Music Festival which runs from the 5 th to the 19th of March 2017.