Festival Day

Wednesday, 28 Feb
Concrete Lawn
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SURPRISE! We’ve got one more SummerFest trick up our sleeve and here it is: Festival Day!

Come along to Concrete Lawn on Wednesday for curiosities, performances and tasty food a’plenty!

There’s something for everyone with foot-stamping punk music from VulgarGrad and a daring performance from KillJoy the Show.

Stick around for food trucks, circus attractions and games galore in our very own sideshow alley.

Alex Lahey – Free Band, Bevs & BBQ

Tuesday, 27 Feb
Concrete Lawn / Union Lawn
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As a special SummerFest treat, we’re bringing you a free show from Alex Lahey! Get around the first Tuesday BBQ & BEVS gig of 2018!

You’ll know Alex’s tunes from the catchy single “You Don’t Think You Like People Like Me” which scored Pitchfork’s Best New Track award in 2016. Make sure you see this free show before she heads off on the next world tour!

Alongside that, your mates at UMSU Activities will be serving up tasty BBQ and other treats as well as delicious, refreshing free beers/ciders.

Sound and lights by AVMelbourne

Licensed event | +18 ID required to acquire any alcoholic beverages

UMSU is committed to promoting safe and responsible use and service of alcohol.

Union House Sleepover

Friday, 23 February
7pm onwards
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Roll up, Roll up!! Grab your dancing shoes, grab your friends and party all night with your soon to be closest 500+ friends!!

UMSU Activities, in conjunction with Welfare, Queer, People of Colour, Disabilities, Clubs and Societies, Women’s, Environments, Media, Creative Arts, Education and Indigenous are joining together to bring you 12 hours of action-packed, humour filled, all round gigantic party!

We kick off with live comedy, live Band and a FREE BBQ dinner from 7pm in the Northest of Courts (North Court).

From 10pm until 7am the following day, Union House is your playground, filled with Student Departments running these activities and lots, lots more!

  • All night Dancefloor
  • All night Harry Potter movie marathon
  • Roaming Silent Disco
  • Environmental Disaster Haunted House
  • All night live Radio Broadcasts and interviews
  • Karaoke
  • Workshops including sewing, crocheting, knitting, and loads more!
  • Midnight Pizza Feast
  • Chocolate, fairy floss and popcorn
  • Public Speakers
  • Slam Poets
  • Live comedy
  • Tours of Union House and its history
  • Chill out zones in the Women’s and Queer Spaces
  • FREE Breakfast + so much more!!

There will be plenty of room to sleep and a cloakroom to store your things while you are busy enjoying yourself, but why sleep really?

There is also all night public transport if the lure of your own bed is too much.

Tickets are only $25 and will be sold at the UMSU Activities Carnival Day Stall. After that, you can pick up remaining tickets at the Union House info desk, or at the UMSU Activities office on Level 1, Union House.

VCA Mini SummerFest

Wednesday 22 & Thursday 23 February

Head on down to the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) campus for two massive days of SummerFest fun! Hit up the live music stage for great entertainment alongside a free and delicious BBQ. You’ll also be able to catch free film screenings, cool off with a slushie or catch some cool performances from our talented friends in the creative arts.

We’ll be bringing down a cohort of clubs so you can make new friends right off the bat, then visit our marquees to chat with your student rep, grab some giveaways and see what UMSU services are available to you.

Find the fun outside Queen of Hearts cafe!

Please note: VCA Mini SummerFest is “Mini” in name only, not in nature.


Yes! All those years practising your moves in front of the bathroom mirror are finally about to pay off. It doesn’t matter if you can’t hold a tune or if you can wail like Adele – come join us for some fun!

Hosted by the UMSU Queer department, start your night off right with two hours of good times and Karaoke. If you don’t feel like singing, don’t worry – there’ll be plenty of chances to just hang out and enjoy the show.

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Grrrls Rock!

2 March,12-2pm
Union Lawn (between Union House and MSD)

How does two hours of rockin’ tunes from some of Melbourne’s finest local bands sound? Good? Good.

Hosted by the UMSU Women’s department, we’re bringing you an incredible FREE lineup of talented artists.


  • Biddlewood 12.15–1pm
  • DJ Cloudy Ku between sets
  • Gretta Ray 1.30–2pm

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Gretta Ray is only one of the most exciting new artists of 2017! Why? After releasing her debut EP ‘Elsewhere’ in 2016 she won Triple J’s Unearthed High competition AND the Vanda and Young Songwriting Award, as well as selling out headline shows all while completing her final year of high school. Her single ‘Drive’ is a heavenly slice of indie pop which rocketed to #27 in the 2016 Hottest 100, so come and see what’s gotten everyone so smitten: https://soundcloud.com/gretta-ray

Biddlewood are an indie pop-rock trio with an infectious energy and a sound tinged with nostalgia and soaked in sass. Their 2015 self-titled EP is infused with sweet pop melodies and breezy surf vibes. Biddlewood songs may seem short and sweet on the surface but have a sour bite to them – they’ll break your heart and make your day all in four minutes, have a listen: https://soundcloud.com/biddlewood

Cloudy Ku is a Taiwanese electronic artist who sends her crowds on a musical rollercoaster ride through the diverse range of genres that she plays. These include ambient, dream pop, indie rock, techno, house and IDM. She’s attracted a lot of buzz in the Taiwanese DJ scene and played some of the biggest music festivals in Asia, and is now making her mark on Melbourne. Here’s a taste of Cloudy Ku’s work: https://soundcloud.com/cloudyku

Bevs, Band & BBQ

Ohhhh you guys – this is going to be a good one! Come help us celebrate the first Beer, Band & BBQ (BBB) gig for the new year with TKAY MAIDZA!!! Come see one of Australia’s hottest acts right here in the heart of uni.

For those of you who haven’t heard the gospel of BBB, every Tuesday during semester your mates at UMSU Activities put on a killer sesh for you to enjoy – absolutely free. All you need to do is show up, grab a frosty beverage, take a snag or a veggie burger from the BBQ and enjoy the show.


SummerFest Carnival Day

Tuesday 20 February, 11am-3pm
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The BIG one! Our opening event for SummerFest and the official welcome to campus for new and returning students. Say hello in style with giveaways, games, live entertainment, chill spaces and much more. We’re turning South Lawn into a veritable wonderland of beach vibes, free stuff and tasty food.

Carnival runs from 11AM to 3PM, but time’s gonna fly once you see it all, get your free food, see the live entertainment and grab those great giveaways on offer.

If you’re a new student, get the most out of your day by tagging along with one of our Host Program campus tours so you can enjoy the day with a bunch of new friends! Most importantly, get a tour of the University from the people who know it best – the students.

So what’s actually going down at Carnival?

Short answer: a hell of a lot, so make sure you allocate a big chunk of time on this day to fit everything in.

By this we mean to see what’s going on at South Lawn and get acquainted with all the awesome UMSU services that exist.

Visit their stalls and have a chat to the friendly department representatives!

When lunchtime comes don’t worry, you’re not going to go hungry amongst the feast of free food that’ll be available on the day! Take your pick: picnics, popcorn , fairy floss, snow cones, icy poles – and so on and so on. Your pals at UMSU Enviro will also be hosting a vegan BBQ with some chill couches to relax on while you recharge until the next round of giveaways and freebies.

Take happy snaps with the amazing photo booth with UMSU Advocacy and Legal, get around the Queer departments all-day picnic and Pride Party and make sure you check in with UMSU International’s stall so you can register for their fun adventures later in SummerFest.

If you’re looking for something more low-key there’s also a smorgasbord of chill spaces to check out at South Lawn. The Rowden White Library pop-up will be a relaxing reading area with a wicked craft station from Creative Arts and a fun fake wound station with Union House Theatre (keep an eye out for their roaming zebra performers too!). When you really need to relax, Disabilities are setting up a chill space with beanbags and ambient tunes, while the Indigenous Department’s tent will have weaving and lolly giveaways.

Why not get to know new friends over a game of giant jenga or connect four? Or else head to the Media marquee to get creative and socialise at their zine making table.

We’re sure you’ll find something that tickles your fancy amongst all this fun! 

20 February – 1 March