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by Sophia Dickinson (subscribe)
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Chilled vibes and good tunes
The Mt Eliza Music Festival will take place for the second year running on Saturday February 4, 2017 from 12noon to midnight.

With almost 70 acts, you'll be entertained for the whole day and there's bound to be something for everyone to enjoy.

There'll be a variety of "Live music from folk, roots, indie and blues to DJs playing house and techno", says festival founder and director, Tim Meyer.

"Artists doing over-dubbing, stomp-pedals, crossover between folk and electronic music".

The festival is set out across Mt Eliza village. Local businesses will be open to cater to all your needs throughout the day. There'll be three outdoor stages, additional pop-up stages, seven busking zones and music playing in 10 venues.

"It's set up so anywhere you go in Mt Eliza village, there'll be music playing," says Tim.

"Music is everywhere throughout the day".

This festival is not about using big names to draw a crowd.

"The festival is based on great musos and promoting them through our program," says Tim.

It's all about finding "Good emerging talent".

And it seems Tim has a knack for it. Last year's headline act was Tash Sultana, who went on to win third place in Triple J's Hottest 100 for her it song Jungle.

Tim says his inspiration for the festival was Mt Eliza itself. You'll feel the community spirit as you enjoy this beautiful regional beachside town.

"There's a vibe that you get when you're down here, it's not something you can put into words" says Tim.

"When I decided to create the festival, it was because I loved the place and a music festival is a great way to celebrate the community."

There are plenty of activities to keep the kids entertained while parents enjoy the festival. The Morley Stage will be set up as a family fun zone. There'll be a jumping castle, face painting, petting zoo and arts and crafts workshops. The children of Mt Eliza are even running their own market stalls.

10 acts not to miss at the 2017 Mt Eliza Music Festival
1. Josh Cashman (headline) – he's supporting Tash Sultana on her US Tour next month
2. Reuben Stone – an amazing multi-instrumentalist who developed his career from busking on the streets
3. Thando – RnB/soul singer will perform with her band
4. Barely Standing – "Blew the roof of the Canadian Bay Hotel" in 2016 and will appear on the mainstage this year
5. Maxon – another act returning from 2016 who also competed in Team Delta on The Voice
6. Luck Louise –Morning Peninsula band with a folk/pop vibe
7. Malcura – Spanish rock cover band who do a lot of busking in Melbourne
8. Steve Ward – One of Australia's biggest dance music exports
9. Royal High Jinx – burlesque trio playing European-inspired gypsy and classical music
10. Tim Meyer – yes the festival organiser will do the last DJ set himself at Morley's Bar from 11pm.
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Why? See some of Australia's best musos before they're famous
When: Saturday 4 February 2017, 12noon to midnight
Where: Mount Eliza, Mornington Peninsula, Victoria
Cost: Free!
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