Peter Garrett wowed the huge crowd at Queenscliff’s 20th Music Festival. Photo courtesy of Rodney Nicholson.

Sold out Queenscliff Music Festival wowed huge crowd

The Queenscliff Music Festival celebrated 20 years of performances by musicians, singers, comedians and more who have entertained us over the last weekend of November in rain, hail and shine. This year our seaside village was bursting at the seams with over 100 performers, activities, food tents for all tastes, craft beers, wine or chai tea enjoyed by thousands in the festival arena and venues throughout the town where buskers performed in the streets.

The 20th QMF has received rave reviews from visitors and the media and the following excerpt written by Michael Bolton (The Age 28/11/2016) captured the spirit of the festival and its well-deserved success.

“The event sold out weeks ago based on one of the strongest line-ups in the festival’s history, including a reformed Killing Heidi headlining on Friday night, a rejuvenated Peter Garrett wowing a huge crowd on the main Lighthouse Stage on Saturday night, and Ben Harper closing out Sunday afternoon. There was plenty to enjoy in between those three, but the main acts drew the biggest response…

Cafes, the QMF Express running along the water’s edge and buskers perched on corners around town all bring the colour and atmosphere that’s made this festival a stalwart of Victoria’s thriving festival scene.
The strength of the Australian and Victorian music scenes was reflected in this year’s line-up, where overseas performers including folk singer Steve Polz slotted in neatly among the locals. Newcomers Gabriella Cohen and up-and-coming acts on the Pavilion stage were a pleasant alternative to the main stage action.”

Comedy by Dave O’Neill, Denise Scott, Dilruk Jayasinha and Anne Edmonds saw many leaving their performances feelin’ good. The Doug Anthony Allstars warned us to ‘lower your expectations’ and to ‘take the children out – now!’ then smacked us right between they eyes with their challenging but hilarious anti PC humour.

Festival director Andrew Orvis said: “We’re overwhelmed with the positive response we’ve had this year. There were many highlights over the weekend but once again Queenscliff was the star of the show! Our first ever sold out event was a real treat for all involved. Adding to the celebrations, Queenscliff Music Festival won Gold in the Festival & Events category at the 2016 Victorian Tourism Awards announced just last week.”