BEECHWORTH leading edge musicians The Kissin’ Cousins, Marisa Quigley and Her Sunday Best and Black Magic will perform in the fifth Beechworth Music Festival this weekend.
The event spans two days – the latter part of Australia Day and all of Saturday – at Madman’s Gully Amphitheatre near Mayday Hills.
Promoters and organisers Lex Fletcher and Rikki Raadsveld said the lead singers from The Outdoor Type and Raised by Eagles are formerly from Beechworth and Squid Doctors, who won last year’s Freeza Regional Battle of the Bands, are Corowa performers.
“They’ve been played on Triple J Unearthed and are recently returned from touring,” Mr Fletcher said.
Renowned Melbourne hip hop artist Remi and a full band will front the strong line-up of established and rising and local artists.
Remi was nominated at The Age Music Victoria Awards as best male artist and for best urban release with his ‘Divas and Demons’ at the Aria Awards.
“Remi now brings his rich fusion of textured futuristic hip hop, positive vibes and a party to headline BMF 2018,”Mr Fletcher said.
“We’re also stoked to have one of our all-time favourite bands – psychedelic rock outfit the Sand Pebbles – Jade Imagine and The Faculty are all coming up from Melbourne.
“Regular DJs Mermaid, Emma Peel and Danny Walsh from Melbourne and local bush poet Geoff Jackson will add their own dimensions and flavour to an outstanding weekend of top quality music”.
Gates open at Madman’s Gully for free camping at 4pm Friday, with the main event kicking off at 11:30 am Saturday.
Tickets are priced at $89 online or $95 at the gate, kids under 14 are free and gig-goers can buy an after 5pm ticket for $50 to see the top four or five bands.
Locals can also buy their tickets over the counter at Beechworth Butchery.
“Beechworth’s boutique music festival promises to provide some great family friendly entertainment when gates open for campers,” Mr Fletcher said.
“There’ll be a performance from the BMF Rock School program, last year’s rock school graduate Asha Bright and Indigo Walker-Steller performing as The Inner Vision, followed by local rock band Defuxe.”
Early performances will be smoke and alcohol-free with the bar opening after 6pm.
Local food and beverage will also be available.
Go to http://beechworthmusicfestival.com for information and online tickets.