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Celebrate summer at Kingston Arts’ Pop Up Bar this February

3 January 2020

Kingston Arts’ iconic Pop Up Bar has been refreshed for 2020 with an expanded family-friendly and inclusive program of workshops, music, dance and entertainment every Friday night in February.

The month-long summer festival held at Kingston City Hall kicks off on Friday 7 February and boasts four distinct themes: Celebrating Midsumma, Like a Valentine, Disc-OMG and Good Vibrations.

Featuring an impressive line-up of live music acts, food trucks, DJs, roving performers, gallery exhibitions, interactive activities and more, the Pop Up Bar has something for all ages.

Every Friday night kicks off with immersive, family-friendly entertainment, free workshops and DJs from 5pm until 8pm, followed by a celebration of Melbourne’s music culture with live bands from 8pm until late.

Kingston Mayor Georgina Oxley said the hugely popular Pop Up Bar was a highlight on the 2020 Kingston summer events calendar.

“Kingston Arts’ Pop Up Bar showcases a spectacular diversity of performance, art and entertainment, and brings together the local community for a fantastic summer celebration.

“Visitors can experience a range of workshops, art, stories, food and music. Whether it’s classic rock, blues, soul or 80’s dance hits, there’s tunes for all tastes that will be sure to get you up on your feet. It’s a not-to-be-missed event,” Cr Oxley said.

Program of events:

Friday 7 February: Celebrating Midsumma

Partnering with Melbourne’s annual queer arts and cultural festival, Celebrating Midsumma will present splendorous artworks, a selfie-heaven photogenic neon jungle and ‘Sound Collage’ and an experimental sound and sculpture workshop for kids and families. Enjoy the funk, blues and reggae sounds of energetic King River Rising into the night.

Friday 14 February: Like a Valentine

On Valentine’s Day, bring your beloveds and share the love with at Like a Valentine. Australia’s most loved 80’s cover band Stand and Deliver will be playing all the hits with costumes, colour and energy. Bring your dancing shoes to learn the Go-Go. Get creative making flower crowns and dress up, dance and glow in the neon photo booth.

Friday 21 February: Disc-OMG

Have a dance-off with popular 80’s band the Eurogliders who will be playing all their hits from the 70s and 80s at Disc-OMG. Join Kingston’s king of silent discos, Guru Dudu, jiving through the backblocks of City Hall. Get sequinned and join the disco ball workshop in G2. Tote the tote – make your own screen-printed tote bags to take home your new discs.

Friday 28 February: Good Vibrations

Rounding off the 2020 program, sing out the last days of summer at Good Vibrations with the pub choir led by Andrew and Katrina Waters (Kingston Sea Shanties). Make your own summer drinks and unwind on the mats, with Lego sculpture creation for kids. Follow the hallowed Space Goddesses as they follow the hot season. As the sun goes down chill out to the internationally renowned Geoff Achison and The Souldiggers.

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