By Belle Hann

    The 2019 Hear Footscray series kicks off with an inaugural summer concert on February 16. This twilight show will convert the staff car park of the Footscray Community Arts Centre into a pop-up live music venue that will have everyone on the dance floor.

    An impressive artist line-up includes upcoming and established artists.

    Singer-songwriter Allysha Joy will be performing her boundary-pushing take on soul and R&B genres, accompanied by a live band.

    Melbourne hip-hop legend Teymori (better known as Amin Payne) will bring a potent mix of soul, jazz and Afro-house beats.

    International legend Gordon Koang joins his cousin Paul Biel to perform original music incorporating rhythms from the South Sudanese traditions.

    Japanese-born DJ Shio Otani will be spinning decks inspired by her obsession with jazz.

    And don’t miss the lavish vocals of emerging artist Kee’ahn, who celebrates her Kuku Yalanji/Jirrbal and Torres Strait Islander heritage through song.

    Creative producer Arthur Tanzi considers the Hear Footscray series to be a win-win for both artists and audiences.

    “On one side, it develops opportunities and networks for artists, and also allows them to connect with new audiences.”

    He adds: “With music on point, space to dance, and great local food, it’s a vibrant event for the local community.”

    Tanzi also believes that the series will “bring back live music to the west” and promote the Footscray Community Arts Centre as an emerging venue for new music, building on the western suburbs’ heritage as a live music destination.

    Vegan delicacies from Ethiopia will be provided by local favourite Konjo Café, showcasing the awesome food available in the inner west area.

    “The whole event will be a genuine Footscray experience,” says Tanzi.

    Date: Saturday 16 February, 4:00pm – 9:00pm
    Cost: $15
    Location: 45 Moreland St, Footscray, FCAC staff car park

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