Paying homage to the veterans of Australian music at Festival Hall 19

Regional Rail
The short stroll from Southern Cross Station to Festival Hall was a brilliant spot to showcase some of Australia's best-known musical talent.

Under Dudley street bridge

If you’re into live music in Melbourne, chances are you’ve spent some time inside the four walls of Festival Hall. Festival Hall is an iconic building with a long history as a music venue. Linked to the nearby Southern Cross Station via a new walkway under Dudley Street Bridge.

Gigs can finish at all times of the night, and the walkway is significant for commuters – seeing a large proportion of traffic heading to Festival Hall regularly, taking in the sights and sounds of gigs and performances by musicians from all over the world.

Following an upgrade to the area, Regional Rail were looking for a way to acknowledge the significance of place, it was hard to ignore the power of music.

The rich, branded environment helped illuminate the walkway from the station to Festival Hall

Honouring Aussie music icons

The idea, brainchild of Wood / Marsh Architecture, was to build lightboxes around the pylons – to create a sense of identity and place, each pylon of the underpass was dedicated to a veteran Australian musician:

  • Chrissy Amphlett
  • Daniel Johns
  • Angus Young
  • Kylie Minogue
  • Michael Hutchence
  • Nick Cave


The rich branded environment helped illuminate the walkway from the station to Festival Hall while connecting with those same commuters at a level that mattered to them.

Bringing it to life

Our integrated services model considered materiality and managed to coordinate labour and materials for the provision of glass panels, graphics and steel frameworks.


We managed the installation of the custom lightboxes, fixed to the piers of the undercroft. A result that successfully achieved a ‘rocking’ sense of place with fantastic and colourful aesthetic illuminating the walkway.

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