Live-streamed music festival Isol-Aid is marking half a year of shows this weekend with a new lineup of acts.
Similar to last weekend’s event, the forthcoming instalment brings together a lineup of Australian and New Zealand artists. Taking place this Saturday (September 12) from 1.35pm AEST, the 26th iteration of Isol-Aid features Newcastle artist FRITZ, merci, mercy, Bel, Wax Chattels and more.
Isol-Aid first started in late March and was spread across two days. Since then, the initiative has run every weekend and received $200,000 in funding from the Victorian Government to continue operations. The event is free to enjoy, but audience members are encouraged to donate or buy merchandise, with all proceeds directed towards the artists and their teams.
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6 MONTHS!! For 26 weeks we’ve puzzled, we’ve potting mixed, we’ve baked bread and hoarded toilet paper. We’ve worn masks, we’ve read books, ordered pizza and cut and dyed our hair. 6 months! Thank you to the artists, their teams, and to you for your continuing support. We cannot wait to celebrate with you all on Saturday 🥂❤️ And of course, a HUGE thanks to our artist-in-chief, @sebi.white for 6 months of mind-melting genius. Here's to 6 more! Love Team Isol-Aid x Song by our friend, @gordon.koang – Stand Up (Clap Your Hands)
“Whether you’ve been with us from the start or you’re just tuning in, THANK YOU for bein’ a (socially distanced) friend. It’s Isol-Aid 26 and we’re going to be celebrating our six-month birthday in style and we’d love you to join the party!” organisers said in a statement.
“As you know, the loss of touring and live performance income has caused financial strain and even strife for many in our music community. Throwing in even what you’d normally pay for a beer or two at the show will make a huge difference to these acts.”
Last weekend’s Isol-Aid lineup featured Squid Nebula frontwoman Bumpy, New Zealand indie-folk trio Womb and STAV, among others.
On September 19, Isol-Aid will host a mini-all access festival, comprising a lineup of Deaf and disabled artists with closed captions, video descriptions and Auslan interpretation all made available.