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.