International Artist Announcement

Queenscliff Music Festival announces international additions to the 20th Anniversary Lineup for 2016

Just when the line-up for the 20th Queenscliff Music Festival looked like it was jam packed with more joy than we could handle, along comes the fourth announcement, full of international acts to make your jaw drop! We’ll be bowing down before the ‘Queen of the Minor Key’ Eilen Jewell (USA), who’s gorgeous voice makes you feel like she’s singing just for you, out on the breezy back porch or by a crackling campfire. Gritty groovers Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer (CAN) bring their arsenal of harmonicas, a mess of foot percussion, and a road-worn Telecaster to town to kick out raw and primal blues. Memphis’ musical marvel Julien Baker (USA) will bring her hypnotizing folk pop to Australia for the first time and tell us genuinely deep, surprisingly dark stories. The golden vocal cords of Matt Andersen (CAN), will wow Queenscliff audiences and show us how he won Best Solo Performer at the Memphis Blues Challenge. The super soulful, genre jumping newcomer Son Little (USA) is coming too and he brings his brave, fearless and distinctly American songs to the QMF party. Road tested troubadour and dynamic storyteller Steve Poltz (USA), returns to our shores with his boundless energy and charm and his swag of brilliant songs. So, be prepared to dance and cry and groove and celebrate 20 years of Queenscliff with the finest line up the festival has assembled.
They join Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals, Paul Kelly & Charlie Owen, Peter Garrett & The Alter Egos, george, Killing Heidi, Alpine, Urthboy, Ash Grunwald, Doug Anthony Allstars, Nattali Rize, Pierce Brothers, Abbe May, Kylie Auldist, Jordie Lane, Bobby Alu & the Palm Royale, The Meltdown and many more in the lovely seaside town for a weekend of fantastic music, sunshine and laughs.

"This year’s festival is shaping up to be our best yet. We can’t wait to welcome everyone to Queenscliff for our 20th Festival this November. It’s going to be a huge big birthday party, and you’re all invited!" - Festival Director, Andrew Orvis 
With a sell out on the horizon and tickets selling faster than ever before it’s time to click the Ticket Button below and grab your passes now! Prices increase from September 1st and some ticket types are 90% sold so don’t hesitate. There are still lots of great accommodation options, including camping from as low as $35 per person and a beautiful weekend on the Bellarine Peninsula will be topped off with plenty of family friendly events, regional produce, craft beers and picturesque views.

Eilen Jewell (USA)


Harpoonist &

The Axe Murderer (CAN)

Julien Baker (USA)


Matt Andersen (CAN)

Son Little (USA)

Steve Poltz (USA)


3rd Lineup Announcement

Queenscliff Music Festival 2016 Third Line Up Announcement

Killing Heidi - 20th Anniversary Show 

With a line-up already boasting legendary acts Ben Harper & The Innocent CriminalsPeter Garrett & The Alter EgosPaul Kelly & Charlie Owengeorge (20th anniversary show), AlpineUrthboy and Ash Grunwald, not to mention a swag of other huge talent, one might think Queenscliff Music Festival had pulled its rabbits out of the hat by now. Well think again, as this 20th anniversary line up continues to raise the stakes.
For its latest announcement QMF drops the news that Killing Heidi, Australia’s 90s indie pop darlings, will reunite for their first show in ten years. In line with the 20th anniversary of the festival, it’s also been twenty years since triple j unearthed the Hooper siblings, Ella and Jesse as Killing Heidi with their folk pop song ‘Kettle’ in 1996. The Australian public embraced the band and they went on to release 3 albums, receiving multiple chart successes and ARIA awards. Queenscliff Music Festival is all fired up to be hosting one of their first live performances since disbanding in 2006. A festival goer herself, Ella Hooper says:
“We've been asked to perform live many times over the years and have always declined. But it just goes to show – never say never. I’m ready to celebrate that amazing time and also to claim that part of my journey as a songwriter. To join such a stellar lineup at this year’s Queenscliff Music Festival is the perfect way to return to the stage for us. There are so many great artists playing this year, we can’t wait! We love Queenscliff Music Festival and usually go with our family, so to be busting out the family band to perform this year is going to be KILLER. What Killing Heidi's music meant and still means to the people that shared that amazing time with us really blows me away. I meet so many people, especially young women, who tell me how Killing Heidi inspired them to be themselves, back themselves or even start a band, and I'm completely honoured that it had that effect on people.”   
The third line up announcement also includes folk-blues-soul phenomenon Liz Stringer off the back of her second Canadian tour and with a fantastic new album ‘All the Bridges’. Also bringing their new album to Queenscliff are exquisite duo Sweet Jean, whose newest release ‘Monday to Friday’ ranges from expansive, vintage synth-driven songs about space exploration to jangly, straight-shooting narratives about everyday life. Rounding out the third announcement are legendary blues performers Geoff Achison & The Souldiggers with special guest Chris Wilson, folk enigma HOWQUA, PBSFM’s Vince Peach as well as Joe MungovanAyleen O’HanlonReuben Stone and Simon Phillips.
So many reasons to rally your friends and pimp your ride for a road trip to the beachside festival that has kick started the summer each last-weekend-in November for 20 years! The Bellarine Peninsula will literally explode with musical talent, with acts programmed throughout the festival grounds and spilling into the picturesque township of Queenscliff. The beach backdrop sets the perfect scene for an atmosphere like no other. Craft beers and regional produce will be a star in the food provisions available on site and beyond. Still to come are two further act announcements including a killer international line up and family friendly events. Tickets are selling faster than ever, and camping tickets are just $35 per person, yet another reason to get amongst it, and get in quick!

Ayleen O'Hanlon


Geoff Achison & The Souldiggers

with Chris Wilson



Joe Mungovan

Liz Stringer

Reuben Stone

Simon Phillips

Sweet Jean

Vince Peach


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