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Mick created TAGG - The Alternative Gig Guide in 1979 with Helmut Katterl, the world's first real Street Magazine. He had been involved with his father's publishing business, Toorak Times and associated publications since 1972.  Mick was also involved in Melbourne's music scene for a number of years opening venues, discovering and managing bands and providing information and support for the industry.        

There’s something for everyone to enjoy this summer, thanks to Council’s Live Love Local Summer Sessions, a series of entertainment activations to help re-energise Port Phillip.

From outdoor movement classes and face painting to live music and food pop-ups, three grassy spaces across the City will come alive with free entertainment to help support traders this summer.

Mayor Marcus Pearl will launch Summer Sessions on Friday 17 December at Cleve Gardens, St Kilda. The event features a Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony as well as live music and a neon light show.

More live music follows on 18 December at Burnett Grey Gardens in Ripponlea while over at Town Hall Reserve in South Melbourne, children can test their footy skills when St Kilda Football Club hosts inflatables fun with face painting and live music.

Summer Sessions is made possible with the support of the Inner Metropolitan Partnership and funding from the Victorian Government. Cr Pearl said the Summer Sessions initiative will support local musicians and artists while providing a boost to local trade through increased foot traffic.

“Port Phillip is well and truly open for business. I encourage residents to come along and enjoy the Summer Sessions entertainment on offer in their own backyard as well as visiting some of our fantastic traders.”

Summer Sessions will see six fortnightly events take place, with further activations scheduled at each of the three sites. A diverse range of entertainment is planned, including mini-golf, physical activities, children’s games and live music.

Summer Sessions opening weekend line-up

Friday 17 December 

Launch event Cleve Gardens, St Kilda

Summer Sessions opens from 5.30 pm with a taste of what’s to come with live music and a neon light show alongside speeches from Mayor Marcus Pearl, a Welcome to Country featuring a Smoking Ceremony and local traders offering food.

Saturday 18 & Sunday 19 December

Burnett Grey Gardens, Ripponlea

Live Music – Orlando Jazz Combo bring their unique blend of Jazz, Swing/Rhythm & Blues/Bossa Nova/Lounge/Motown/Boogaloo and Soul to Burnett Grey Gardens, playing two 45 minute sets each day. Catch them on Saturday between 3 pm and 5 pm and on Sunday between 1 pm and 3 pm.

Saturday 18 December

Town Hall Reserve, South Melbourne

Festivities kick off at 12 pm Saturday with creative face painters on hand at the Town Hall
Reserve. St Kilda Football Club inflatables program will be set up on site so you can practice and show off your footy skills.

And Mystic Trio come to Town Hall Reserve playing their original and traditional Timorese songs.

The Mystic trio sound is laid back and relaxing, with two 45 minute sets at 12.30 pm and 2.15 pm.

For more information about the latest events, visit the Summer Sessions page:

https://www.portphillip.vic.gov.au/explore-the-city/arts-and-entertainment/summer-sessions-live

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