This October brings us the 19th annual Birregurra Festival & Arts Show, with a stellar line-up showcasing artists from across Victoria – including a handful of homegrown talent from within Geelong. With high quality musicians, delectable food and wine from the Otways region and a smorgasbord market of arts, crafts and local products over the weekend, this all-ages festival has celebrating community life at the heart of it and is looking to be the best one yet.
We’ve narrowed down this years selection of music and come up with our top five acts to check out.
The Kite Machine
Geelong rockers, The Kite Machine are taking the stage as one of Birregurra’s headliners. TKM began their rise in 2015 after releasing EP LUNATICS which gained a lot of attention after airing on triple j Unearthed. Title track LUNATICS gained top spot on the Unearthed Charts with their second single ‘Shadows’ coming in at number two. The local lads are now back at it with their newest release ‘Sinister Sound’ which packs a lot of punch, funk and attitude which is sure to show on the Birregurra main stage. Don’t miss this.
Catch them on the Main Stage on Saturday at 2pm.
This Way North
Cat Leahy and Leisha Jungalwalla, drum and guitar duo are the two halves to make up This Way North. Hard to believe that it is just the two of them after listening to the production they bring throughout their track listing. Although sparse on the instrumentation front, the ladies pack a lot of kick to their sound by utilising their instruments when creating their music. After recently releasing EP Vol.2, the two have played over 120 shows across Australia, New Zealand and Canada with no signs of slowing down. These two are a must see for sure.
Catch this duo on the Main Stage on Saturday at 1pm.
These young lads from Geelong are sure to be the next big thing and are one of our top picks for this years showcase. With the release of their debut EP and hopefully another one on the way, the boys have already been making waves with powering support sets for acts such as The Black Sorrows, The Delta Riggs, Tash Sultana and Didirri. The guys from MDRN LOVE hold a classic Aussie sound that comes across throughout their catchy riffs and soothing vocals.
Catch the guys on the Main Stage on Sunday at 3pm.
The Melbourne based singer/songwriter is fresh to the music scene with a newly released debut EP We Used to Have Real Conversations. Her music is a mix of edgy, light and bubbly, accompanied with intricate guitar lines, grungy yet blissful vocals. This hidden gem is sure to blow you away when she takes stage as she continues to defy stereotypes throughout her music. If you’re a fan of artists such as Julia Jacklin, Stella Donnelly or Camp Cope, then make sure you set aside some time to check out her out.
Catch her on the Main Stage on Saturday at 11am.
You’re probably wondering why the name rings a bell? Well 18-year-old Nancie Schipper has been working hard at the game for the past six years – and it has definitely not gone unnoticed. Quick to gain attention from both triple j and Unearthed, Nancie has received reviews naming her sound as “irresistibly catchy”. Not only has she been a triple j unearthed feature artist, but she was also chosen as unearthed winner for “Live at the Steps” where she opened for acts Tired Lion, Ruby Fields and Jack River.
Catch Nancie on the Main Stage on Sunday at 2pm.
The Birregurra Festival and Art Show in on the second weekend of October (13 & 14) and runs from 10am to 5pm. Check out all the details at www.birregurrafestival.com/
Written by Shae Louise