North Melbourne to shimmer with Candlelight Concerts

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By Violet Li

Free Candlelight Concert series returned to Fed Square for the second consecutive year in February, with the ticketed version of the series to soon feature two shows celebrating musical icons Taylor Swift and Adele at the Meat Market in North Melbourne.

With thousands of flickering candles encircling a group of musicians under the nightfall of Melbourne, the twinkling events feature three programs across February.

“Candlelight Concerts are aimed at democratising access to culture by allowing people all over the world to enjoy live music in candlelit performances played by local musicians in various stunning locations,” a spokesperson for Fever, the live-entertainment company behind the show, said.

“Fed Square reached out to us in 2021 during the lockdown, and after working together to plan this tailored and unique experience to be included in its summer program, we are happy that this partnership is bringing our event for another year to this iconic space in Melbourne.”

The debut on February 9 took place during the Midsumma Festival and saw performers who are members or supporters of the LGBTQ+ community play iconic queer music from Elton John, David Bowie, George Michael, ABBA, and more.

The Valentine's Day special program catered to the romantic vibe in the air, featuring Melbourne self-taught singer and guitarist TINO’s warm soulful vocal singing classics including My Girl, Let’s Get it On, and Can’t Help Falling in Love.

Queensland singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Jarryd James stunned the crowd with his electronic-laced R&B and indie pop at the last event on February 18.

Fever said it was glad to see the audience love the show.

“It’s amazing to see how Candlelight concerts can reach so many audiences with such a variety of tastes in music,” the Fever spokesperson said.

 A Tribute to Queen will feature at Athenaeum Theatre on Collins Street on February 24. The music of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, Coldplay, Hans Zimmer, and more will run across February and March.

“With the Candlelight concerts, we’ll continue to partner with unique spaces such as the Fed Square to create tailored experiences that allow different audiences to discover the city’s unique locations, celebrating the greatest composers’ and local musicians' talents.”

Fever’s Candlelight Concerts continue in venues around the city, including North Melbourne, with A Tribute to Taylor Swift to feature at Meat Market on March 16, followed by A Tribute to Adele on March 18.

For more information: feverup.com/en/melbourne/candlelight

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