A bird does not sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song; Flora King explores how the Darebin Music Feast is putting an old Chinese proverb to the test

To all those singers who’ve been told they sound like an alley cat getting its eyes scratched out, but still fancy themselves as the next Nina Simone, we hope some of you will be stepping up to the microphone and proving your musical flair at Melbourne’s 13th Darebin Music Feast.

Victoria’s most culturally diverse and musically thriving community will be hosting its much loved annual ho-down for three weeks in September, and this year has invited anyone, and everyone – from the warbling choir-monkeys among us to the country crooners and the raging rockers – to get involved and register their event.

There are now more than 1500 performers signed up to showcase their talent on the stages of 25 different clubs, pubs and music venues across the eclectic suburbs of Northcote, Preston, Thornbury, Reservoir, Bundoora and Fairfield. 2009 will see the return of the best of previous highlights, including the notorious High Vibes closing celebration, but will also be bringing a host of fresh events and new material.

So, be it jazz, gypsy, folk or electro – whatever your slice of musical cake – this proudly all-inclusive and friendly neighborhood festival, with a big personality and a grass-roots music ethos, promises to give every star a chance to shine and to satisfy every kind of musical palette.

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2009 Darebin Music Feast, Saturday 5 – Sunday 20 September. For full program details visit
www.darebin.vic.gov.au/dmf or call (03) 8470 8888