4th Lineup Announcement

Queenscliff Music Festival turns up the volume and announces a rockin' new set of acts to make this the hottest summer ever on the Bellarine Peninsula. Music lovers have one last chance to get hold of the discounted third release tickets before prices go up on Tuesday 1 September.

The new line-up announcement of twelve acts consists of Lior ("Autumn Flow" 10 year anniversary show), Mustered Courage, Sahara Beck, Benny Walker, 19-Twenty, Franky Walnut, Hailey Calvert, Ben Whiting, Tash Sultana, Josh Cashman, Josh Rennie-Hynes, Alexandra Pye, plus the addition of Stella Angelico to the Cookin' on 3 Burners show featuring Tex Perkins.

Heading on down the coastal road for the 19th Queenscliff Music Festival this 27-29 November are: 19-Twenty, Ainslie Wills, Alexandra Pye, All Our Exes Live In Texas, Angus & Julia Stone, Augie March, Ben Whiting, Benny Walker, Blue Eyes Cry, The California Honeydrops (USA), Cookin' on 3 Burners featuring Tex Perkins & Stella Angelico, Damian Cowell's Disco Machine, Estére (NZ), Franky Walnut, Hailey Calvert, Harts, Hey Frankie, Hollie Smith (NZ), Hoodoo Gurus, John Williamson, Josh Cashman, Josh Rennie-Hynes, Kate Miller-Heidke, Kingfisha, L-Fresh The Lion, Lior (Autumn Flow 10th Anniversary Show), Louis Baker (NZ), Melbourne Ska Orchestra, Morgan Bain, Mustered Courage, Oka, Paul Dempsey, Raised by Eagles, Robert Forster, Ron Sexsmith (CAN), Sahara Beck, The Snowdroppers, Tash Sultana, Thomas Oliver (NZ), Tinpan Orange, and Trinity Roots (NZ). 

In celebration of the 10 year anniversary of his acclaimed debut release "Autumn Flow", platinum selling singer/songwriter Lior will bring his golden record to the QMF stage this year. "Autumn Flow" was nominated for three awards in the 2005 ARIA Music Awards: Best Breakthrough Artist, Best Male Artist, and Best Independent Release. 

QMF also welcomes Mustered Courage, the progressive folk-rockers breathing new life into the Australian roots music scene and described as offering the missing link between Bill Monroe and Mumford & Sons.

After she ripped up the QMF stage last year the festival couldn't help but invite Stella Angelico back to bring her exotic sound to Queenscliff 2015 as part of the Cookin’ On 3 Burners show featuring Tex Perkins.

With ticket prices set to increase on 1 September punters are encouraged to get in quick to enjoy this spectacular line up over three days of at one of Australia’s best loved boutique festivals.

“Part Bluesfest, part Tamworth with hints of Aunty Meredith and Port Fairy's 'folkie', Queenscliff Music Festival covers most bases… Some came to hear established chart-toppers but most dipped their toes into unfamiliar waters too. QMF has a knack of introducing the "next big thing" as it's about to break.” (The Age, 2014)



2015 International Artists Announced

QMF are at it again, this time with the addition of seven international acts to join their line up for the annual Queenscliff Music Festival this November 27-29.

Building on the 2014 festival which saw QMF present international acts for the first time in a number of years, in what had previously been a line up focused on homegrown talent, this year's international contingent grows stronger and continues to add a global flavour to Victoria's premier boutique festival for music lovers.

Proving you can never have too much of a good thing is Canadian singer-songwriter Ron Sexsmith whose fourteen album discography speaks volumes about his ability to keep the good times coming. Sexsmith is respected by such luminaries as Bob Dylan and Radiohead, and has been described by Elton John as having the voice of an angel. A version of Sexsmith's "Whatever It Takes" appeared on Michael Bublé's “Crazy Love” album and his song “Secret Heart” has been covered by Rod Stewart, Nick Lowe and Feist. Further North American representation comes in the shape of US band The California Honeydrops whose brand of Southern-fried jazz mixed with R&B, funk, soul and Delta blues creates an infectious dance-party vibe that has taken the world by storm at festivals including Monterey Jazz, High Sierra, and support tours with BB King.

The international selection welcomes a top notch list of NZ talent, shining a spotlight on our pacific neighbours with a roll call that includes roots legends Trinity Roots. Since reforming in 2010 Trinity Roots have put out a third album 'Haiku' which showcases their boil-up of head-nodding reggae, slow-burning funk and jazz adventurism to form undeniably indigenous waiata. QMF will also bring out the reigning queen of Aotearoa soul Hollie Smith
who debuted at No 1 on the NZ charts in 2007 and has gone on to receive critical acclaim including NZ music award for 'Best Female Solo Artist', enjoying worldwide tours including a headline performance at the Montreal Jazz Festival.
Other NZ talent flocking over the ditch includes Louis Baker, Estére and Thomas Oliver. 

Third line-up announcement - the international chapter:
Ron Sexsmith
The California Honeydrops
Trinity Roots
Hollie Smith
Louis Baker
Thomas Oliver

2nd Lineup Announcement

Queenscliff Music Festival announces 10 new acts to join a hotter than hot line up at this year’s festival from 27-29 November.

Did someone say Augie March, Cookin’ on 3 Burners featuring Tex Perkins, L-Fresh the Lion, The Snowdroppers, Damian Cowell’s Disco Machine, Tinpan Orange, Raised by Eagles, All Our Exes Live in Texas, Morgan Bain and Blue Eyes Cry? Yes they did! These 10 acts will join already announced names including Angus & Julia Stone, Hoodoo Gurus, Kate Miller-Heidke and Paul Dempsey. And with three more line-up announcements to come including the internationals flying in to grace the QMF stages, the festival is set to present some 70 acts over three days at what has become one of Australia’s best loved boutique festivals.

Augie March bring their new album ‘Haven’s Dumb’ to Queenscliff so get ready to March to the Augie beat.
Cookin’ On 3 Burners are Australia’s hardest hitting Hammond Organ Trio and for their 2015 QMF show have invited none other than the much loved and lauded Tex Perkins as their special guest front man. Hot new MC L-Fresh the Lion is renowned for his powerful presence, inspiring live shows and thought-provoking hip hop lyrics. His debut album ‘One’ is recognised as part of a new generation of home grown hip hop making waves in the music industry. From rock to soul to hip hop to disco QMF leaves no stone unturned in the presentation of Damian Cowell’s Disco Machine. Best known as the masked front man in TISM and the highly energetic entertainer behind ROOT & DC3, Damien Cowell indulges in his love for cheesy 70s disco with special guests and his own gloriously witty ranting that has won him rave reviews at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and will have audiences simultaneously gigging and itching to shake their booty.

Also adding to the list with some of the country’s finest talent including The Snowdroppers, Tinpan Orange, Raised by Eagles, All Our Exes Live in Texas, Morgan Bain and Blue Eyes Cry, QMF will reach out to the rock rats, the heaven sent harmony harpooners, the country crop, the bluesy beatniks and the fresh funky folk with a line-up that hits all the right sweet spots.

QMF is all about the place. People come for the festivals combination of great music and the relaxed edge, but Queenscliff itself has a whole lot to offer, with its sweeping views of Swan Bay and old world streetscape, 19th century heritage listed buildings, its vintage QMF Express steam train, markets, classic pubs and food stores designed to feed the soul as well as the hunger cravings. With its heady mix of venues within and beyond the festival site including grand Victorian ballrooms, circus Marquees and music spilling out into the streets, showcasing intimate performances right through to big rock shows, it’s no wonder that there are smiling faces wherever you look.

And there will be plenty to smile about. Festival Director Andrew Orvis says, “Everyone who comes to QMF is very important, so we’re looking after the masses rather than the 1% this year. What was the VIP lounge at previous festivals will now have an open door policy for all to enjoy, so everyone will be Very Important at QMF 2015.” Ever wanted to join the VIP gang? This year it’s on for young and old...

Head to www.qmf.net.au for tickets and more information.
With ticket sales already smashing their way out of the ball park there is no time to lose!

Queenscliff Music Festival | Queenscliff, Bellarine Peninsula, Victoria 27-29 November, 2015 | www.qmf.net.au

Second line-up announcement:

Augie March
Cookin’ on 3 Burners featuring Tex Perkins L-Fresh the Lion
The Snowdroppers
Cowell’s Disco Machine Tinpan Orange
Raised by Eagles
All Our Exes Live in Texas
Morgan Bain
Blue Eyes Cry

Joining already announced acts:

Angus & Julia Stone Hoodoo Gurus
Kate Miller-Heidke Paul Dempsey
John Williamson Melbourne Ska Orchestra Robert Forster Harts
Ainslie Wills
Hey Frankie 


2015 1st Lineup Announce

Queenscliff Music Festival continues to reach skyward, breaking big waves with its first line up announcement of talent set to hit Victoria’s Bellarine Peninsula. The annual last-weekend-in November festival enjoys its 19th year in 2015 and turns up the volume throughout the lush picturesque surrounds of the fishing port of Queenscliff.
With a reputation for its spotlight on top notch Australian live acts, there is something for everyone at QMF, and its first line up announcement will certainly not disappoint. Brother-sister folk pop duo Angus & Julia Stone jump on a big jet plane back from their rounds of the European festival circuit to grace the QMF stages as the 2015 headline act. Joining them include Australian legends the Hoodoo Gurus who are looking slicker than ever enjoying 34 years of iconic status in the Australian rock scene.
In her only solo show in Victoria for the rest of 2015, Kate Miller-Heidke is back in Queenscliff with her triple-octave vocal pipes that have been described as “effortlessly switching between lyrebird calls to hymnal-quiet hushes before breaking out into operatic glass-breaking siren calls”. Her QMF performance will come hot off the tails of her new Opera Australia show The Rabbits. Something for Kate front-man Paul Dempsey will turn out in solo mode, bringing his unique brand of science fiction folk rock including some tasters from his forthcoming 2nd solo album. Touring his 50thalbum ‘Honest People’ is the illustrious yet humble John Williamson. Singer, songwriter, husband, father, grandfather and everyday bloke, Williamson is to Australian Country Music as the Southern Cross is to the current Aussie flag.
Bursting out from side of stage is the Melbourne Ska Orchestra with so many members that we’ve lost count! Led by Nicky Bomba (Bomba, Bustamento, John Butler Trio), the MSO have made a world-record attempt to have the largest number of horn players on stage at the same time, and includes some of Australia’s preeminent names in Ska and Reggae. From there we go to Go-Betweens co-founder Robert Forster, who will make his way down south to serve up a healthy mix of crafty pop songs and biting ballads. Rounding out a line-up saturated with up and coming Australian talent is Harts, Kingfisha, Oka, Ainslie Wills and Hey Frankie.
QMF’s strong line-up of live acts, relaxed atmosphere, family friendly meets party time crowd and fun flow festival grounds are just the tip of the iceberg. Punters are encouraged to upsize their weekend, choosing from the bumper crop of cozy B&Bs and retreats, nearby camping, and wining and dining that includes an expanding selection of gourmet food and drinks inside the festival arena.
Festival Director Andrew Orvis celebrates his 2nd year at the helm and has been working hard to bring the people what they want. He says, “We’re really concentrating on getting the balance right for our punters. It’s all about quality music, great shows, comfy surrounds, yummy food & drinks, in beautiful historic Queenscliff and all right on the shores of Port Phillip Bay.” And if this hot first line up wasn’t enough then keep your eyes peeled for the second line up announcement on 20 July.
“Part Bluesfest, part Tamworth with hints of Aunty Meredith and Port Fairy's 'folkie', Queenscliff Music Festival covers most bases… Some came to hear established chart-toppers but most dipped their toes into unfamiliar waters too. QMF has a knack of introducing the "next big thing" as it's about to break.” (The Age, 2014)
Discount Early Bird Tickets are already on sale until June 30 but blink and you’ll miss them, with regular ticket prices kicking in on July 1. Check www.qmf.net.au for all ticketing details.


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