Gordi to surprise Melbourne in pop-up performance tonight, launching new busking series

“I’ll be coming straight from my shift at the hospital across town because…2020”

Gordi is set to surprise passerbys in an outdoor performance at a surprise location in Melbourne tonight (December 11), helping to launch a new series of pop-up gigs in the city as it emerges from lockdown.

The series, organised jointly by the Victorian government, Mushroom and the City of Melbourne, kicked off yesterday (December 10) with a performance from Daryl Braithwaite on Degraves Street.

Daryl Braithwaite
Daryl Braithwaite performing on Degraves Street in Melbourne on December 10. Photo credit: Mushroom.


The program will support 40 buskers a day in 20 separate Melbourne CBD locations a day until the end of the year.

“I haven’t played live music in Melbourne in two years so I’m chomping at the bit to play a few songs to real people in this city on Friday night,” Gordi said in a press statement.

“I’ll be coming straight from my shift at the hospital across town because…2020.”

The funds for the program come out of the $100 million Melbourne City Recovery Fund. A full lineup has not been revealed, leaving most of the acts a surprise.

“This program is about bringing back the buzz to Melbourne’s city streets and encouraging people to support our local businesses. Our city’s economic recovery is only just beginning and we need to do everything we can to keep Melburnians in jobs,” Lord Mayor Sally Capp said.