Now in its 11th year, the Aireys Open Mic Music Festival is set to take over this coastal town from Friday 16 – Sunday 18 March, with over 140 acts performing across nine different stages.
The whole idea behind the festival is to give artists a chance to perform in front of an appreciative audience and to encourage a love of music. From full rock bands to solo acoustic acts – and with an annual attendance at over 5000 across the three days – you know this year’s festival is going to be MASSIVE!
Since the festival first began it has seen an explosion in the number of local bands popping up; especially amongst the younger generation who have grown up with this chance to see great music in their own backyard each year.
A huge range of musical tastes are catered for – and if you’re not into one act, you can move to a different stage or wait around for the next one. You’re sure to find a new favourite act to follow!
And all of this for FREE, though organisers do encourage you to pay what you think your experience was worth, with all funds going to the running of future events. This year we’re also encouraging you to support the artists (who all play for free) by snapping up some merch in the merchandise tent set up at Aireys Pub.
A huge highlight of the Festival each year is the coveted closing act slot reserved for a Special Mystery Guest – a much-loved annual tradition. The identity of the guest is always a closely guarded secret but with the likes of Colin Hay, Tim Rogers, Dan Sultan and Tash Sultana having dropped in for a set in past years, you can bet it’s going to be someone great.
You can expect to see bands such as 10 High Fly, All For Darcy, Brett Franke, Chloe St. Claire, Dal Santo, Hey Mammoth, Lights Out West, MDRN LOVE, Om & The Pea, Something Stupid, The Featherheads and Yes, Yes, Whatever.
With a line up like that, this is a music festival not to be missed.
With the full program up and going, be sure to take a look at aireysinlet.com.au.
Written by Chloe Cicero