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Festival (QMF) sees me shutting up shop Thursday night, heading off early Friday morning, pumping the music up loud in the car to get my mojo going, and cruising down to the beautiful Bellarine Peninsula (about 90 minutes from Melbourne) to what has to be one of the most charismatic towns in the state.
Seaside Queenscliff - with its historic, heritage-listed buildings ranging from grand to quaint, fabulous food offerings, laid back cafe culture, bookshops and boutiques - is a gorgeous town to visit any time - let alone when a range of hugely talented artists from the world over arrive and turn the town into the must-be place for the weekend.
The line-up - spanning all genres and tastes - is so exciting I can hardly contain myself. Let's start with the hauntingly inspiring sounds of Gurrumul. Then there's Missy Higgins, The Cat Empire, Diesel, You and I, Something for Kate, the Baby Animals, Mia Dyson, Lisa Mitchell, Lloyd Siegel and much more.
Add to that the Queenscliff Soul and Funk Revue - featuring Clairy Browne & The Bangin' Rackettes, Deep Street Soul and more - for funking it up all weekend.
How about some Stayin' Alive or Saturday Night Fever with the Bee Gees Tribute Show, which sees many of the festival's biggest names come together to hit their highest notes?
Or maybe a rockin' rollin' ride on the QMF Family Express, an authentic 19th Century steam train with fabulous artist performances on each of its four carriages. It's 45 minutes of festive fun, sightseeing along the beautiful Swan Bay, and plenty of hand-clapping and toe-tapping, along with some hip-shaking for those uninhibited enough to unleash their inner dancer. Go on; live large.
If you need an excuse to party it up, take the kids to the Bananas in Pajamas Live Show. It's your parental duty to get up and dance with them.
See the website for accommodation options at this late stage and do be aware that extra bus services run across the weekend, along with shuttle busses to and from neighbouring towns. There are plenty of different ways to get yourself there.
Be safe, by merry, and hope to see you on the dance floor - or carriage floor - in an upright position of course!