In Brunswick East, an invitation promised ‘the most Melbourne party since avocado on toast’. But all was not as it seemed

The invitation to the Brunswick East block party in Melbourne promised the standard entertainment one might expect: food trucks, artisan coffee, live music and the opportunity to meet-and-greet a “cult street artist”.

Brunswick East is a gentrified locale about six kilometres north of the central business district. It’s full of cafes, coffee shops and small bars – the kind of place many young professionals and families wish to live but increasingly cannot afford. The invitation was dropped into letterboxes throughout the suburb and those surrounding it, including Coburg, Brunswick and Brunswick West.

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