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The Basin brings bands to Triangle Park
If music be the food of love, play on. And while William Shakespeare wasn't referring to The Basin Music Festival, I am sure he would have delighted in the vast array of talent the weekend with surely offer.
For those of you that haven't heard of The Basin, it's a beautiful little town nestled in the outer Eastern Suburbs near Bayswater, Boronia and Ferntree Gully.
There are so many layers to this festival. If your an avid songwriter, you have till the 17th March to enter your masterpiece into the competition, but for the most of us it's just about turning up on the weekend and enjoying the vast array of talent and artists the festival has to offer, as well as the food the local traders are serving up.
There are seven different venues across The Basin that are playing home to the musicians and each day's entry covers your access to five of the venues (there will be a small fee for two of the venues), so if you don't like the music on offer at one place, then you won't have far to go to listen to the next band or artist and best of all, you won't pay anything extra unless you really want to. There are also many different genres of music to delight us all from Blues, Rock, Indie, Country and Folk to even Celtic, Jazz, Children's groups and World, although I'm not quite sure what that would entail, but will obviously find out in a few weeks time.
If you need a break from the music, there will be a Market Stall area around Triangle Park. There will be circus performers, face painting for the kids, and a whole lotta fun going on. Stalls will range from local grown products and hand made items to many other different items for sale including a few food stalls. For those who prefer a sit down meal, there are opportunities at the local pubs, cafes and traders to grab a bite to eat.
Cost is $15 for a day music pass and $25 for all three days music only and children under 14 are free when accompianied by an adult, so the weekend won't break the bank. The festivities start at 6pm on the Friday and 10am Saturday and Sunday (family day).
For a full run down of whose playing where, check out the schedule on their website.