Live Review: Queenscliff Music Festival

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Queenscliff Music Festival
Queenscliff November 24- 26

Its that time of year again when the coastal town of Queenscliff is transformed into one large music venue. For any music lover the weekend of the 24th to the 26th is the place to be.
Spanning over the three days the line-up had something for everyone. Whether you like big brass bands, classic rock, Spanish flamenco guitar, soul or just like to discover something new this is the place to do it.
The first night saw bands such as The Hot Potato Band, GL, The Teskey Brothers and Mia Dyson warm things up for what was to come. Including a brass section in the line up the Teskey Brothers got things going for the crowd and Xavier Rudd that followed to close out the evening.
Both the temperature and the excitement soared for the second day as Hat Fitz and Cara belted out tunes on the Glaneuse Stage with the Wilson Pickers following soon after. The Anglican Church was the place to be for the angelic voices of Tom Richardson and Didirri both performing stunning acoustic sets.

Over in the Uniting Church Black Rabbit George treated listeners to some folky guitaring, his technical ability nothing short of stunning. Listeners were treated to his mellow sound and the church was the perfect back drop. Just up the road at Circa 1902 the Heath Robertson Band were treating everyone to some good old- fashioned rock.

Later in the afternoon over on the Hippos Stage The Southern River Band stopped at nothing to impress the audience and lead singer Cal channelling a combination of Justin Hawkins and Bon Scott.
Youthu Yindi and the Treaty Project proved they were a force to be reckoned with, their deadly dance moves and thunderous sounds of the digeridoo making them a show stopper.

Bernard Fanning took to the stage to once again stun audiences as he is accustomed to doing. When a performer can gather together over 3,000 people under one tent and have them singing along to every song its apparent he’s doing something right. The energy is there and its one solid performance.

Rounding out day two are The Bamboos who manage to keep the momentum going for the crowd in time to wind things down so everyone can get some rest and be back for the final day.

Early morning rains cool things down a bit for day three, yet spirits are not dampened as The Wilson Pickers provide a knee slapping good time at the Town Hall. Rain soon clears and its back to back entertainment with Too Many Zooz, starting off a dance session, The Teskey Brothers again providing another stellar set and Diddiri, Hat Fitz and Cara, Little Georgia, Ron Artis II & The Truth riding The Blues Train.
The Beautiful Girls are the chilled out under the Lighthouse Stage celebrating love, peace and music. It’s a great experience with the original line up on stage celebrating 15 years since the release of Learn Yourself and Morning Sun.

With such an array of amazing musicians to listen to and discover the Queenscliff Music Festival is three days of fun, dancing, sweat and beers. The town hosts a wonderful festival and its easy to see why every year people return to the coastal haven for a weekend of unforgettable music and memories.


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