Federation Bells are a set of 39 bronze bells located in Birrarung Marr in central Melbourne


Australian Open 2020

Please note the Federation Bells regular program will be suspended to make way for the Australian Open Festival which takes over Birrarung Marr from January 14 to February 6. We will resume our regular programming from Feb 6.

Federation Bells at Melbourne Music Week 2019

Elisabeth Dixon (live), Nerve (live) & DJ RMR

Friday 15 November, 8pm – 11pm


Melbourne’s iconic Federation Bells are set for a techno reimagining as electronic producer Elisabeth DIXON premieres an exclusive commissioned work with a free outdoor bush-doof in the city alongside the Yarra. Layering meditative drones beneath dark industrial beats, Dixon’s approach to sound design is rooted in both hypnotic, trance-inducing experience and the aggressive frenzy of industrial techno. Hear Dixon steer this public sound sculpture into wild new territory with a ground-breaking original set, supported by the hard-hitting drum and bass infused electro of NERVE and bass-heavy melodic techno of DJ-RMR.

Free admission, 8pm – 11pm

This performance will be held at Middle Terrace, Birrarung Marr as part of Night Noodle Markets. Please note there will be bag checks at all entries, no alcohol in our out of the venue and IDs will be checked at the bars for anyone who looks 25 years or younger. For more information visit the Night Noodle Markets website. Visit goodfoodmonth.com/melbourne/night-noodle-markets for more information.

ELISABETH DIXON is a producer/live performer (Melbourne, Australia) specialising in experimental techno/EDM. Layering meditative drones beneath dark industrial beats, her approach to sound design is rooted in both hypnotic, trance inducing experience and the aggressive frenzy of industrial techno. Having performed steadily since her emergence in 2015, Dixon has played dance floors from the Mercat to Revolver, abandoned warehouses to Lounge, alongside respected artists like Daze, Chiara Kickdrum, Sleep D & OAKE (Berlin). Elisabeth Dixon’s debut LP, entitled ‘LP1’, is slated for release on October 5th 2016 on vinyl/digital through Trait Records (Melbourne) and Instruments of Discipline (Berlin).

NERVE is the solo moniker of Melbourne electronic artist Joshua Wells. NERVE has released three EP’s of drum and bass infused electro on Moopie’s esteemed A Colourful Storm label while contributing remixes and recordings to Steeplejack, Vienna Press & Nice Music. As Nerve, Wells has frequented the Australian live circuit, performing alongside Legowelt, Samuel Kerridge, Container, Beau Wanzer, Regis, Marshstepper & My Disco.

RMR (Rachael MacRae) is a Melbourne based techno & electronic music DJ. She grew up listening to metal, punk rock & playing the bass guitar. Her love of loud music & bass evolved into dark, bass-heavy melodic techno. She relates to music and dancing as a form of therapy through which we can reconnect with the present, body and other. Performing since 2012, she’s shared the decks with international techno artists including Blush_Response, Borusaide, Prosumer and Nastia Reigel, and played alongside local talents including DJ Kiti, Λ / Π, Chiara Kickdrum and Adrian Bell.

Set times:

  • 8 – 9pm: DJ RMR
  • 9 – 9.45pm: Nerve (live)
  • 9.45 – 10.15pm: DJ RMR
  • 10.15 – 11pm: Elisabeth Dixon (live)

Cale Sexton - "Sustain"

City of Melbourne and Heavy Machinery Records proudly present:

Cale Sexton – Sustain (world premiere)

Friday 28 June, 8pm
Free admission, no bookings required


The Federation Bells are set for a spaced-out re-imagining as cosmic electronica genius Cale Sexton premieres his new original work “Sustain” commissioned by City of Melbourne.

Hear the iconic outdoor sound sculpture like never before as Sexton combines the Bells with fresh realms of cinematic electro-synth and interstellar ambient techno in this very special free outdoor concert.

Sexton’s most recent album “Melondrama” (Butter Sessions) received rave reviews and has set him up as one of the true innovators in contemporary Australian electronica.

Don’t miss the world premiere of this new commissioned work as Sexton melds with Melbourne’s computer-controlled music robot to present a truly unique sonic experience.

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