Second Line Street Party FAQ's

On Saturday June 3, Melbourne's own Horns of Leroy and Swing Patrol will lead a joyous and jumpin' musical march through Southbank, followed by a free outdoor concert at Federation Square. 

We will answer all the frequently asked questions in this post, but if you still have a question please call the Melbourne International Jazz Festival office on 9001 1388 during business hours and we'll be happy to help out.

What do I need to do?

Please register here to let us know that you will be attending. 

Musicians will need to learn up to 3 short and easy-to-learn musical works - but even if you only manage to learn one piece, or can only play 1-2 notes, you can still participate. If you can attend the musicians workshop, the Horns of Leroy will teach you how to be involved regardless of your level of skill. If you're comfortable prepping on your own and can't attend the workshop, just familiarise yourself with the notes by downloading the charts.

Click here to download lead sheets. They are available in three keys: concert pitch, Bb and Eb pitch. Backings and riffs will be worked out in rehearsals

Dancers will just need to bring themselves along to the dance class at 11.00am on Saturday 3 June. Meet at the river side of The Langham, Melbourne. 

I don't play an instrument or dance - can I still be involved?

Of course! Absolutely anyone can be involved in a second line - all are welcome to walk with the parade and enjoy the atmosphere and experience. Parasols and hankies are a traditional part of a second line, so even if you don't want to play or dance, you can twirl or shake your hankie and be part of the action.

What should I bring?

Yourself, your instrument, your dance moves and your good vibes

A parasol or hankie to wave if your hands are free

A reusable water bottle

What should I wear?

It's entirely up to you! Feel free to dress as high up or low key as you feel comfortable. We do love a good costume though, so we encourage everyone to dress up if they can.

Where will the parade be?

The meeting point for the Second Line Street Party will be on the river side of The Langham, Melbourne. The parade will move along Southbank Promenade next to the river, up through Alexandra Gardens, over Princes Bridge and in to Federation Square. Click here for a map of the route. 

How long will it take?

The parade will take approximately an hour to move from Southbank to Fed Square

What happens at the end?

At the end of the parade, there will be an afternoon of free performances at Federation Square. Featured are neo-vintage sould-funk outfit from Singapore, The Steve McQueens, the Monash University Australian Jazz Ensemble, and the WAAPA Jazz Ensemble. So stay on and enjoy yourselves! 

For those with access requirements

The Second Line Street Party is fully physically accessible.

The parade route has no steps and is wheelchair and pram friendly.

The dance workshop and the beginning of the parade will be Auslan interpreted, as will the speeches at the conclusion of the parade.

If you have specific access requirements, please contact the Festival so we can accommodate your needs. 

Want to learn more?

Learn more about second lines here 

Still have questions?

Please call the Melbourne International Jazz Festival office on 9001 1388 during business hours and we'll be happy to help out.

The Second Line Street Party is proudly supported by City of Melbourne and Fed Square.

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