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Nightjar Festival 2020 - Torquay & Geelong

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Nightjar in Torquay at Torquay Common, Surf Beach Drive (entry gates located on Gt Ocean Rd & Surf Beach Dve) has just a couple more dates left (16 and 23 Jan 4-10pm) before it's little sister in Geelong at Johnstone Park, (entry gates located on Gheringhap & Fenwick Streets) (Feb 7, 14, 21 & 28 from 4-10pm) takes over. Get all the FAQs here.


Celebrating its 10th anniversary, Nightjar in Torquay has lots of new initiatives this year, including a FREE raffle for prizes up to $1000 each night, so you have 2 more events to try your luck. Entry to both Nightjar events will cost $10 for adults, $5 for ages 13 to 17 and it's free for kids 12 years and under. Come along and see another side to Torquay; a popular leisure destination for holidaymakers and locals alike.


Shake out that picnic rug and kick back and enjoy the entertainment on offer, along with food from all corners of the world. Market stalls abound with a multitude of fripperies to capture your interest and hold your attention. The 16th of Jan event is a Rocky kind of night from 4.55pm to 8.55pm with Talll Paul (classical, jazz, fusion, & more), Dirt Hand (influences - Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Paul Simon, Bob Dylan etc), The Kite Machine (progressive funk/rock) and Z-Star Trinity (UK) (blues, rock, psyche, soul) to entertain you.

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With more entertainment in mind, 2040 the movie and Farmers Footprint Screenings along with a panel discussion will take place from 5-9pm at the 16 Jan event. The film 2040 from the director of That Sugar Film along with the Farmers Footprint doco will for some be shocking, inspiring and thought-provoking. Come with your kids, family and friends and be inspired by what we can all achieve together. Find more details on the event page.

Rolling on to the last Nightjar at Torquay, come the 23rd of Jan on Folk/Blues Night, Flynn Gurry (folk), The Ocelots (IRL) (folk, blues), Doc Halibut (rhythm & blues and country/rock) & Oliver Northam & The Elsewheres (folk-rock, pop & blues) will storm the stage and make the last night of Nightjar in Torquay memorable.


Geelong Nightjar follows in two weeks starting 7 Feb and kicks off an eclectic fusion of music, food, market stalls and entertainment. If you missed out on Torquay, now is the time to visit its little sister who may be smaller, but still a little bit cheeky and full of life. Entry fees are the same as Torquay and like Torquay, Geelong will keep you entertained with interactive art installations, roving performers, buskers, great food, and banging main stage entertainment. The curated market precinct is there for you to discover many emerging designers for that something special to spoil yourself with.


The free raffle is also running in Geelong with the same prizes of up to $1000 on offer each night. Geelong is a fully licensed event, and any person under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent/legal guardian or responsible adult (at security and event management discretion). Valid ID must be shown if requested. You'll find all details for both events on the website and the Facebook page is a good place to stop for updates. Don't forget the FAQs and a reminder, if you're bringing your own water bottle to Nightjar, it must NOT be single-use plastic. Refillable bottles will only be allowed on site. Go to Zero Waste at these events and be kinder to the planet.


Geelong's entertainment themes and musicians are as follows.

7 Feb - Boys Night Out; Jack Meredith (resonant baritone & a harmonica style), The Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra (CAN) (gypsy, folk, roots, grass), The New Savages (indie blues) & Skyscraper Stan (troubadour rock n' roll)
14 Feb - Folk; Phil & Trudy Edgeley (roots, folk, world), The Old Married Couple (folk, novelty, vaudevillian dixieland jazz, jugband, duets, love songs), Bradley Stone (alternative) & Brooke Taylor (country pop with grunt)
21 Feb - Locals; Pink Wool Press (alt-folk rock), Rach Brennan & The Pines (indie pop/rock and folk), The Ethan Farmer Band (blues & blues-rock with a jazzy touch) & Zuma (psych rock, shoegaze, kaleidoscopic fuzz)
28 Feb - It's a Wrap; The Black Swans of Trespass (post modern trad fusion), Nathan Power (folk, country and blues), Joshua Batten Band (blues rock, folk-rock, alternative blues, southern rock, roots rock) & The Mojo Corner (blues, roots)



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Why? Nightjar Festival 2020 in Torquay and Geelong
When: TORQUAY - 16 & 23 Jan 2020 // GEELONG - 7, 14, 21 & 28 Feb 2020
Where: Torquay - Torquay Common, Surf Beach Drive // Geelong - Johnstone Park, Gheringhap and Fenwick Streets, VIC
Cost: $10 Adults // $5 aged 13-17 // FREE for children aged 12 & under
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