What a success this event has become for Ballarat, from what I can remember in the short history of the Festival. The weather gods have smiled down and brought out the sunshine this year. Saturday January 16 was a stunning afternoon in Ballarat, perhaps not quite making up for the severe chill bestowed upon the town in mid-winter, but almost.
For the past 19 years, the Queenscliff Music Festival has been an essential part of my childhood. Having only missed two out of the 19 due to overseas holidays, it is one of the best festivals around and has developed into one of the best on the Australian festival scene up there with Falls, Splendour and Woodford Folk Festival.
In a sea of Meredith beanies, glittered up cheeks and space-inspired rompers, the 25th annual Meredith Music Festival was underway.
It’s been a big thing for Geelong to have a laneway festival. In a previous life I remember heading down to the Carlton Hotel carpark for the festival there – which was headlined by Little Red in their last ever public performance.
You’d be hard pressed to find someone at the San Cisco gig without a smile on their face and a swagger in their walk. The band just have that uncanny ability to make people feel good. Taking to the stage over the weekend at the Wool Exchange Entertainment Complex with Major Leagues as their support, they left a room full of happy onlookers in their trail.