A tidal wave of music is set to break at Queenscliff Music Festival this November 27-29. With just 2 weeks to go things are heating up and the festival program is now available at www.qmf.net.au.
Kick starting the party on Friday night are acts including Lior who’ll present his Autumn Flow 10th Anniversary Show, the big band sounds of Melbourne Ska Orchestra and party starting USA jazz funk band The California Honeydrops.
Program highlights on Saturday include a bumper line up featuring rock royalty acts Augie March, Hoodoo Gurus, Paul Dempsey and Robert Forster, the godfather of Australian country music John Williamson, and NZ dub reggae legends Trinity Roots.
QMF is renowned for putting on a Sunday session worth travelling for, and this year is no different, boasting Angus & Julia Stone hot off the tails of their Fleetwood Mac support tour, Kate Miller-Heidke bouncing up the coast following her sold out festival seasons with production The Rabbits, Canada’s infamous Ron Sexsmith, plus the QMF comedy show with Cal Wilson, Tom Ballard and Tommy Little.
The festival is literally bursting with things to see and do across the weekend. Other acts to keep an eye out for are Melbourne favourites Harts, Ainslie Wills and Cookin’ On 3 Burners who are bringing along special guests Tex Perkins and Stella Angelico. This year’s festival boasts a spotlight on NZ acts, including Hollie Smith, Louis Baker, Thomas Oliver and Estere. Don’t miss the heavenly harmonies of country sweethearts All Our Exes Live in Texas and check out recent winners at The Age Music Victoria Award Raised By Eagles and Blue Eyes Cry.
QMF spills outside the festival grounds to present acts and events throughout the lush surrounds of the historic fishing port of Queenscliff, including the QMF Express, markets and much more. In the community spirit, the festival also supports up and coming local musicians through its Emerging Artist Award, this year presented to Rough River and The Tiny Giants.
A brand new award – the Ross Lipson Award – will see the festival partnering with local Geelong high-school group Sweethearts and the winner will be presented following the Sweethearts performance on Saturday 28 November. The award will acknowledge a female from the local area who has shown excellence in, along with promoting and supporting, the local music industry.
Ross Lipson founded the Sweethearts in 1989 as an afterschool social group of students and teachers. As a band it grew to include young female performers throughout the Geelong region participating in a world leading music program that in 2015 has seen them complete their sixth international tour. This award named in his honour is a joint initiative of QMF and the Sweethearts foundation with the winner to receive $1000 worth of products from major sponsor Music Workshop, plus a $1000 cash prize.
With a relaxed atmosphere, family friendly meets party time crowd, and fun flow festival grounds, it’s no wonder that Queenscliff Music Festival is one of Australia’s best loved boutique music festival. Tickets are still available, but only just, with full weekend tickets 95% sold, plus Friday Night and Sat/Sun tickets selling at record speed. Prices increase on Friday 27 November at the Box Office unless sold out prior.
2015 QUEENSCLIFF MUSIC FESTIVAL FULL LINEUP ANNOUNCEMENT
The fifth and final lineup for the Queenscliff Music Festival is here and 2015 is sure to go down as a vintage year for one of Australia's best loved boutique festivals. Announcing a mainstage comedy program featuring Tom Ballard and Cal Wilson, the new line-up adds 15 local acts including Emerging Artist Grant Recipients Rough River and Tiny Giants. Also announcing Vince Peach to DJ in the new Ozone Lounge venue, daily Yoga sessions featuring live music, the Kids Quarter featuring top notch entertainment for all ages, and finally a feast of food stalls to keep up the energy levels with so much entertainment on offer.
This final announcement presents the icing the the QMF cake, with yet more acts to join the likes of Angus & Julia Stone, Hoodoo Gurus, Kate Miller-Heidke, Paul Dempsey, Augie March, Lior, and internationals Ron Sexsmith (CAN), The California Honeydrops (USA), Hollie Smith (NZ) and Trinity Roots (NZ).
QMF’s Comedy program proved so popular last year that it's been kicked up to the mainstage. Bringing the laughs are comedy heavyweights Tom Ballard, Cal Wilson, Justin Hamilton and Tommy Little.
Leading the newly announced local acts are folk singer-songwriter Rough River and phych-garage four piece Tiny Giants, both recipients of this years QMF Emerging Artist Grant Program supporting them in the development of new albums. Other local talent includes Aine Tyrell, Alister Turrill, Bellarine VET Music, Gallie, Georgia Rodgers, Olly Friend, Rach Brennan, Revolution, Sean Patrick, Sweethearts,Tides of Welcome, Tom Richardson, and Velvet Bow.
Australia's guru of all things Soul, DJ Vince "The Prince" Peach, is set to bring the choicest cuts from his epic vinyl collection, DJing in the new Ozone Lounge venue, which takes the place of last year’s VIP area and opens its doors to every punter at QMF, incorporating a café, lounge and cocktail bar.
The Kids Quarter program also heralds Showko Ventriloquist, Red the Clown, Judith Lanigan Hula Hoop Stunts, Pete & his Circus Dogs, and the Marimba Taters.
And pack the yoga mat because for the first time QMF will be hosting yoga on the Saturday and Sunday mornings 9am - 10am featuring live music, presented by True Spirit Revival Yoga.
For attendees who might want to plan their menu in advance, there will be something for everyone with the awesome array of food stalls at the festival this year. Including mouth-watering delights such as Round The Way Bagel Burgers, Soul Kitchen Woodfired Pizza, Señor Churro, Henriettas Chicken Shop, Those Guys Food, Nuoc Mamas Vietnamese, Simply Vegan Cuisine plus more!
Tickets are selling faster than ever so punters are encouraged to jump in now before prices increase on October 31st.
Queenscliff Music Festival 2015 Emerging Artist Grant Recipients Announced
Queenscliff Music Festival is pleased to announce Geelong based singer songwriter Rough River (aka Kate Skinner) and Ocean Grove three piece psych-rockers Tiny Giants as recipients of the 2015 Emerging Artist Grant. Rough River receives a $7000 grant and Tiny Giants have been awarded $5222, with both acts using the funds to record produce and release new full length albums in 2016.
A classically trained musician Rough River released her debut self-titled album in 2014 which received praise from the likes of Triple J presenters Zan Rowe, Max Quinn and Chris Scaddan, as well as Mess + Noise. Tiny Giants are also no stranger to industry praise with their first two albums garnering numerous spins on Triple J and community radio nationwide they also performed this year at Gizzfest – King Gizzard’s three day festival at the Corner Hotel.
Now in its fifth year, the Queenscliff Music Festival Emerging Artist Grant aims to provide young local artists with the opportunity to enhance their musical career through the receipt of much needed funds to assist recording new original music. The program has become a key offering of support to emerging talent in the regions of Geelong, Barwon South West and the Bellarine Peninsula.
Both acts will join the line-up at Queenscliff Music Festival this 27-29 November, which features 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 10 year 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).