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Get festive and shake your booty fast
If you haven't got your ticket yet, you better be quick, the popular
Queenscliff Music Festival selling out year after year. With tickets hotter than a sunny, music-filled long weekend by the sea, you better get your groove on - and fast. Festival time is Friday 23rd to Sunday 25th November; ticket time is now.
While Kasey Chambers, Horns of Leroy, Dan Sultan, Sarah Blasko and 19-Twenty are some of my top picks, the festival features a huge range of music from laid-back blues to hoppin' rockin and everything in between.
The annual festival draws thousands to the quaint seaside town of Queenscliff, its historic hotels and chic cafes dishing up excellent fare too between strums, beats, lyrics and packed seats.
The Black Sorrows with Vika & Linda Bull
While the main street, between music, food, boutiques, antique stores, bookshops and more, is merry, the main festival precinct is magical, its sea of marquis a fairyland filled with music selections from corner to corner, fun stalls, sprawling lawns, roaming entertainers, and food tents, trucks and vans galore.
As for the people, they're a friendly lot, kids as catered for as die-hard musos, the atmosphere warm, welcoming and inclusive. It's the sort of festival where you talk to anyone and dance with anyone, the sense of community as enjoyable as the music itself.
There's a big, diverse market on too, the first of the season's cherries and berries selling faster than hot cakes. As for hot tickets, the Blues Train would have to be one of the hottest, but once you've got your festival pass, you can ride it as many times as you like, movin', groovin' and rockin' on a historic steam train along picturesque Swan Bay. Does it get any better than that?
Having been for several years, I already know the answer to that. Do you?
There's also a moving tribute to the late, great Gurrumul on Sunday, featuring a full 16-piece orchestra from the Australian National Academy of Music.