We’re a not for profit group of passionate music lovers bringing exceptional musicians to our coastal haven.
In 2017 we started things rolling with remarkable Irish singer-songwriter Lisa Hannigan performing to a sold out audience in the Anglesea Memorial Hall before heading up to Sydney to play at the Opera House.
Other International artists have included Tiny Ruins (NZ) and the incomparable Joan As Police Woman (NYC), along with Australian legends such as elder statesman Archie Roach, folk darlings Tinpan Orange and All Our Exes Live In Texas, jazz singers Emma Pask and Katie Noonan, stalwarts and troubadours Clare Bowditch, Jen Cloher, Leah Senior and Jordie Lane.
At the same time we support local musical talent, giving them a chance to play on the same bill as high profile artists, with names such as Forever Son, Bec Goring and Yirramal some of the highlights.
We provide an extraordinary live music experience for our audiences and for the musicians themselves.
In this media saturated world, live music is one of the few gritty, engaging and valuable ways of finding connection. Putting on shows that wouldn’t normally happen in a small coastal town provides audiences and musicians the chance to connect in an immediate and palpable way.
In the words of Jordie Lane talking about connecting with our audiences “You can’t escape from them, they’re right there. I love it.”
Our audiences mostly come from Anglesea and the Surf Coast, but with the higher profile acts we’ve had people come from Perth, Hobart and the Gold Coast to our shows. Clearly we’re doing something right for people to make those sorts of journeys!
We actively support Indigenous artists with Archie Roach, Yirrimal and Mission Songs Project being some of the most exciting musicians we’ve had. And in terms of gender representation we are helping balance out some of the bias in festival programming, with women representing 14 of our 16 headline acts so far.
We have been fortunate to have good community support and funding from both Creative Victoria and the local Surf Coast Shire, but these avenues for supporting our programs are not going to last forever.
In order to maintain the high quality events we produce every year we hope to gain direct philanthropic support from the community and other interested parties.
This particular project is for the 2019-2020 financial year to enable us to continue producing our musical program.
The funds raised through donations will be used to help meet the production and venue costs. Any extra funds would go towards promoting our organisation and events to a wider community and expanding our audience.