The 2012 Melbourne Festival is shaping up to be a champagne year with the unveiling of a fantastic contemporary music program featuring beloved return act Antony and The Johnsons, and a handful of absolute legends including Shellac, TWO Sonic Youth alumnae, post-hardcore icons Shellac, and the great Billy Bragg. Check the full lineup below and mark your diary accordingly…

MELBOURNE FESTIVAL 2012:
Antony and the Johnsons performing “Swanlights”.
Thurston Moore
Lee Ranaldo w The Laurels
Shellac supported by My Disco and Black Level Embassy
THEESatisfaction and Big Freedia & The Divas
Puro Instinct with support from NO ZU
Billy Bragg will play two special performances: one dedicated to the music of Woody Guthrie, and one of his own incredible back catalogue.
“Conversations with Ghosts” featuring Paul Kelly with recorder virtuoso Genevieve Lacey, electronic soundscapist James Ledger, and 10 ANAM musicians

Schedule:
Friday 12th – Conversations With Ghosts – Paul Kelly, Genevieve Lacey, James Ledger & ANAM
Friday 12th – Swanlights – Antony and the Johnsons
Saturday 13th – Swanlights – Antony and the Johnsons
Saturday 13th – Conversations With Ghosts – Paul Kelly, Genevieve Lacey, James Ledger & ANAM
Thursday 18th – TheeSatisfaction, Big Freedia & The Divas, Grouse DJs
Friday 19th – Billy Bragg – Woody 100
Friday 19th – Shellac, My Disco
Saturday 20th – Shellac, Black Level Embassy
Saturday 20th – Billy Bragg – An Evening With…
Wednesday 24th – Lee Ranaldo, The Laurels
Thursday 25th – Thurston Moore, Kieran Ryan
Friday 26th – Bermuda Float – Puro Instinct, NO ZU

For more head to www.melbournefestival.com.au