Location Northcote Social Club 301 High St Northcote, VIC, 3070
Northcote Social Club
301 High St
Northcote, VIC, 3070
Standard Victorian regulations.
The venue has disabled accessibility.
Family friendly event
With Afro-Caribbean roots and spread (and evolved) across Latin American and beyond, Cumbia is more than a music genre but a massive movement that conquered the world with its joy. Considered even a lifestyle for thousands.
MELBOURNE CUMBIA FEST 2023 will immerse you in a sensational tropical fantasy of colours and dance, with two of the main acts of cumbia in Australia: the traditional Afro-Colombian band La Descarga, and the Argentinian cumbia band The New Monos. Alongside dance performances and Latin raised DJs, we ensure you wont be able to stop moving.
Proudly presented by ISU TAKI and MAV, MELBOURNE CUMBIA FEST 2023 DJs will revisit a diversity of cumbia subgenres, including the very roots of cumbia, the traditional Afro-Caribbean music, and subgenres such as psychedelic cumbia chicha, cumbia Chilombiana, cumbia villera, Chilean neocumbia or Mexican cumbias rebajadas.
This event takes place on the stolen land of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation. ISU TAKI respectfully acknowledges elders past, present and emerging. We acknowledge ancient knowledge not only from Kuli Nation, but all across both continents: Australia and Abya Yala. Always was, always will be.
Melbourne Cumbia Fest 2023 is proudly presented by ISU TAKI and MAV, as supported by On The Road Again, a Victorian Government initiative to bring live music back across the state, and Australia Council for the Arts.
From 12 Mar 2023
NEWPRINT is back with another season of live music gigs featuring the most exciting new acts and gigs in the Melbourne right now. Building on the success of the first iteration, NEWPRINT 2 will support 7 new and emerging POC/CALD producers to develop and deliver unique contemporary live music events throughout Metro Melbourne.
ISU TAKI is a collective of Naarm-based Latin- American DJs/promoters that began as a response to the lack of representation of emerging movements of underground dancefloors across Abya Yala (aka Latin America).
With their roots in Buenos Aires, Argentina, 6-piece Melbourne-based band The New Monos combine inspiration from their South American heritage and diverse musical experience with the flavor of contemporary Buenos Aires, mixing Cumbia, Reggae, Folklore, Rock, Rumba, Hip-hop and Latin beats, all expressed with the passion of the Tango.
Julieth Torres Valoyes, A.K.A. DJ. Julia Towers is a DJ born in Bogotá, Colombia. Her roots consist of a mix between Chocó, in the Pacific region, and Boyacá, in the interior of Colombia. She is currently based in Melbourne (Naarm).
Otorongo is a music selector originally from Chile but currently based in Naarm (Melbourne). He is known for transporting audiences to pristine ecosystems: tropical floodplains, mountain rainforests, or wherever your imagination feels the most comfortable. Otorongo's sets are filled with ethnic percussions, nature samples, and exotic instruments, and are driven by ancient rhythms carefully blended to ensure you feel free to dance. Usually playing from ethnic downtempo to eclectic Afrofuturism, passing through chillrave and tribal tech. This time he will share his taste for cumbia from yesterday and tomorrow.
La Descarga, a 6-piece band is the forerunner of Colombian tropical roots music in Australia. Born in 2010 in Melbourne, Australia, as a tribute to the folkloric rhythms of the coasts of Colombia and as a preserver of its cultural heritage, it has evolved through diverse musical and cultural collaborations into an innovative Latin-Australian band where folklore mixes with contemporary Aussie stamps.
With their roots in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Melbourne-based band The New Monos combine inspiration from their South American heritage and diverse musical experience with the flavor of contemporary Buenos Aires, mixing Reggae, Folklore, Cumbia, Rock, Rumba, Hip-hop and Latin beats, all expressed with the passion of the Tango.