The crowd saluting wrapup act Russel Morris. Photo courtesy Rodney Nicholson.

That’s a wrap for Queenscliff Music Festival

All good things must come to an end, and on Sunday evening the Queenscliff Music Festival wrapped for 2017. Like any good 21st birthday party, there were plenty of beers, cheers and even a few (happy) tears!

Music lovers from all walks of life were treated to three days of sensational sounds from all corners of the country and a smattering of artists all the way from the USA and Canada.

The festivities kicked off with an ABC Melbourne live broadcast of ‘The Friday Revue’ from the Uniting Church, hosted by Brian Nankervis and Richelle Hunt. The 2-hour show featured interviews and performances from The Teskey Brothers, Mia Dyson and Allysha Joy and the much-loved quiz was hosted by honorary local Bob Evans.

In the festival arena that evening, artist and activist Xavier Rudd capped off the first night on the popular Lighthouse stage.

Saturday gave punters plenty of eclectic options to cram into their first day, plus the opportunity to get aboard the Blues Train featuring Didirri, Hat Fitz and Cara and Freya Josephine Hollick. As the sun began to go down, a new-look line-up of Yothu Yindi and The Treaty Project attracted a mammoth crowd. Dhapanbal, the daughter of Dr M Yunupingu, made a special trip to Victoria to perform with the group – her first as part of this project. Bernard Fanning followed up with a full house, treating fans to old and new numbers and classics from late greats Prince, Bowie and Tom Petty.

Sunday’s festival-goers caught acts previously missed or highly recom-mended. Mama kin spender’s show complete with choir made them the biggest band at the festival, Australian music stalwart Russell Morris played the festival out in spectacular style, while The Temper Trap wowed the crowd elsewhere.
Surprise fan favourites from the weekend included the Hot Potato Band who had audiences jumping for joy to their 6-piece horn section and big band charm, Perth’s The Southern River Band blew the roof off with their shirtless, sweat-soaked set of good hard rock n’ roll.

The festival vibe was evident over the 250 shows across 15 stages. Festival Director Andrew Orvis said: “Our 21st Festival exceeded all expectations, a fantastic weekend with many musical highlights. The sun stayed out, the storms went either side of us, and the weather was perfect. Many thanks to all of our wonderful supporters, particularly the 400+ volunteers that helped put on such a wonderful show. See you all in Queenscliff next year.”