Queenscliff Music Festival announces tickets are now Sold Out for the 2016 event this 25-27 November

It is official, Queenscliff Music Festival will have its birthday cake and eat it too. For the first time in its twenty-year history, the festival announces it has now completely sold out of tickets, marking this 20th birthday event as a celebration to remember. Cue the birthday back flips.

With a month to go before Queencliff opens the gates on its biggest festival ever, its time to raise a toast to this boutique event that boasts a line up full to the brim with incredible talent from across the globe.

With a spot light on homegrown musical talent, this year featuring performances by Paul Kelly & Charlie Owen, Peter Garrett & The Alter Egos, Killing Heidi, george, Ash Grunwald, Urthboy and much more, QMF also offers a stellar international program, including Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals, Julien Baker and Son Little. With comedy legends including Doug Anthony Allstars, Denise Scott and Dave O'Neil, a jam packed kids and family friendly program, gourmet food stalls for days and a top notch set of bars, this year's lucky ticket holders are in for a big birthday treat!

For those who have missed out and those who can't make it, QMF will stage a ticket swap, facilitating a safe and secure system for those who can no longer attend to sell their ticket to a willing punter. CLICK HERE for more information and to register interest.

The 2016 birthday edition of Queencliff Music Festival will host the book launch of local academic Sue Beeton's 'Then Dad Put Me On His Shoulders - the story of the Queenscliff Music Festival'. A fitting release to mark the history of this great event, the book is described as a beautifully told story of a festival that "has grown into a contemporary and confident cultural project powered by diverse, organic music and the visionary community" (Jamie McKew OAM). Derek Guille writes "As QMF hits an important chronological landmark, its fantastic to have this opportunity to revisit the festival via this book, from birth pains to maturity. And looking at such a great past helps to build expectations for the future of this mighty music festival."

Beyond the festival grounds, the picturesque coastal hub of Queencliff will come alive, with free events staged throughout the township and in the streets, including the huge markets that cover the edge of the foreshore. Time to party!





Final Lineup Announcement

Queenscliff Music Festival adds a massive local line up to the final announcement for 2016 including live comedy, family entertainment, food stalls and yoga

Now that the masses are well and truly excited about all the great acts at Queenscliff Music Festival 2016, it’s time to round out the full festival experience with the final announcement of fun! When it’s time to take a break from all the music on offer, festival goers can laugh it up with a great line up of live comedy including Denise Scott, Anne Edmonds, Dave O’Neil and Dilruk Jayasinha.

QMF also brings back its hugely successful yoga classes from True Spirit Revival Yoga, to keep things zen between all the clapping and hollering. To keep the kids entertained, QMF offers a host of fun family activities such as the Krazy Koala Puppet Show, the loveable Pevan & Sarah, Red The Clown, ventriloquist act, Showko and the super-sized Snuff Puppets.

With so much to see, hear and do it’s no wonder QMF wants its punters to keep their strength up. Gotta keep up the pace! In line with the regions reputation for top notch nosh, the festival grounds are flush with a fantastic array of refreshments, with stalls including Hotties Eat Rotis, Melbourne Paella Company, Otway Chai, Señor Churro, Shumeis Dumpling Co, Simply Vegan Cuisine, The Charcoal Pit, The Flying Calamari Bros, The Kaisers Sausages, Timboon Ice Cream, Turkish Kitchen and Yo India.

Melbourne music initiative The Push will present an amazing exchange program of three guest artists from Singapore, Jawn, Linying, and Stopgap. The musical line up is completed with a fantastic crop of local acts announced headed by recent Bigsound buzz acts Alice Ivy & Leah Senior. Also performing is Abigail Grace, Children of the Sun, Hollie Joyce, The Mojo Corner, Rach Brennan, The Run, Sarah Carroll & The Left Wing, Sweethearts, Tides of Welcome, The Tiny Giants & Tom Richardson.

QMF are also delighted to announce this year’s recipients of the annual Emerging Artist Grant as Hollie Joyce and Rach Brennan. Each musician will receive funding to record and produce an album and both the winners will perform a slot at the festival. Also this year, in honour of late QMF Board Member Alison McKenzie, QMF introduces the Alison McKenzie Scholarship, funding professional development activities for two emerging artists. The inaugural recipients of this valuable scholarship are Madeleine Cope & Aidan O Cleirigh.
Tickets are selling fast and there is a limited number of single day and 3 day passes still available, with 2 day tickets completely sold out. 



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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