19 of the best festivals happening across regional Victoria this April
28.03.2022

19 of the best festivals happening across regional Victoria this April

GTM Bendigo 2019. Photo by Mackenzie Sweetnam
WORDS BY CHESTER OGILVIE

Start clearing the schedule, these are the best music festivals to get across your radar for April 2022.

We’ve knocked over one quarter of the year already, and we can hardly believe it. This year sure does have a lead foot, but we hope it is treating you well.   

April, of course, kicks off with April Fools’ Day. Seen as one of the greatest pranks of all time, was a segment that appeared on BBC TV show Panorama in 1957. Known as the ‘Swiss spaghetti harvest’, the segment spoke about a bumper year for Ticino’s spaghetti harvesting, thanks to the mild weather that eliminated the spaghetti weevil. It’s available on YouTube. Or you can keep it simple by mixing in some M&Ms with skittles. 

But maybe you’re not one for such sneaky shenanigans. You don’t like tomfoolery in your backyard. You close shop during monkey business hours. You would rather leave horseplay to horses. If you’re not one for hijinks, we have put together some festivals in one neat little package. An Allen key is included in the box.      

Keep up with the latest music news, festivals, interviews and reviews here.

Colac Otway Arts Trail

Various venues throughout April

An artist’s work is never done 

Encouraging creative tourism, the trail promotes and celebrates local artists, with attendees able to visit artists in working studio environments. Artists include Alda Hubbard, Gillian Bowen-Johnston, Dominic O’Leary, Renee Carpenter, Francis McMahon, Lea Barker, Linnet Hunter and Pam Fyfe. 

More through colacotwayartstrail.com

Cresfest

Creswick, April 1-3

Be your best with Cresfest 

Your line-up is Neil Adam, Archer, Eric Bogle Trio, Amie Brûlée & Geoff McArthur, Bushwahzee, Kathryn Clements, Pete Denahy, Emma Donovan & the Putbacks, Mary Doumany, Evan & Mischa, Liz Frencham, Fools, Freya Josephine Hollick, Invy Horn Jam, Kee’ahn, Enda Kenny, Jali Buba Kuyateh, The Maes, Kat Mear, Melbourne Scottish Fiddle Club, Mickey & Michelle, Parvyn and Josh, Angy Rigby, Fiona Ross & Shane O’Mara, The Royal High Jinx, Sweet Monas Choir, D’Arcy Spiller, Bruce Watson, Lucy Wise, ZÖJ, Zourouna and Asking for Trouble.    

More through cresfest.com.au

Great Australian Beer Festival  

Johnstone Park, Geelong on April 2 (day session from 11am-4pm and night session from 5-10pm) 

Homer no function beer well without

Your line-up includes The Badloves and The Settlement (day session) and Art vs. Science and Beans (night session), along with some 200 beers and ciders and food aplenty.

More through gabfgeelong.com.au

Superfuzz Festival

Platform Arts, Geelong on April 2

There is a buzz about fuzz 

Designed by teens to support underage music, this AA festival welcomes Mundane Jane, De Porsal, Slimy and the Fishstix, Paraquay, Operation Karma, Sirens, Nurse Ratchet and Neuritis. 

More through platformarts.org.au

Wrapped Up 3  

Phoenix Park, Ballan, April 2

They’ll be rapt to have you

Your line-up is RVG, Civic, Krakatau, Leah Senior, Bananagun, The Living Eyes, Parsnip, Sleeper & Snake, Guy Blackman, Focus Group, Delivery, Hot Tubs Time Machine, OUZO!, Chimpanzee, Connor Toomey Dream Band and Odd Jobs DJs. 

More through eggbooking.com.au

 

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Dialogues

The Castlemaine Goods Shed and various venues, Castlemaine – April 7-10 

Start a conversation 

Thinkers, writers and theorists discuss the issue of ‘change’. The line-up includes Bill and Chloe Shorten, Julia Banks, Tim Burrowes, John Safran, Stephanie Alexander, Julie Gibbs, Jeff Sparrow, Rebecca Huntley, Eliza Hull, Sarah Walker and Ennis Cehic.  

More through castlemainefestival.com.au

Surround Sounds and Bellarine Music Festival

Geelong and the Bellarine, April 7-May 8

So much to do, so much time 

Your line-up includes Crowded House, Paul Kelly, The Rubens, Kasey Chambers & Busby Marou, Adalita, The Waifs, Lloyd Spiegel, The Delta Riggs, Sweet Felicia, Children Collide, Hard-Ons, Human Nature and more. The event will take to some of the region’s iconic venues across a four-week marathon.

More through geelongaustralia.com.au 

Land of Plenty

Showgrounds, Shepparton on April 9

There is plenty to go around 

Your line-up is Ball Park Music, G Flip, Drapht, Bodyjar, Birdz, Teenage Joans, Baiyiya Garra presented by Still Here, Vince the Kid, Matilda Pearl and Go Dog Go, along with DJs Paris Lawrence, The Deck vs The Termi, Luna, Jeffo, Falla vs Hooka, Erica Dal and Fresh Kiwi vs Shades. 

More through landofplentyfestival.com

Ocean Grove Acoustic Festival

The Pavilion, Ocean Grove Park on April 9

The lighter side of life 

Your line-up includes Famous Will Band, Peter Paul & Marion, Finnigan August, The Fillmores, Von Robertsons and Isabella Khalife.

More through oceangroveacousticfestival.com.au

Goulburn Valley Country Music Festival  

Showgrounds, Shepparton on April 10

Thank God I’m a country boy 

Your line-up is Lee Kernaghan, Brad Cox, Casey Barnes, Felicity Urquhart, Andrew Swift, The Davidson Brothers, Cass Hopetoun, Robert K Champion, Jade Gibson, JB and Me, Kane Vincent and Madi Colville-Walker.

More through goulburnvalleycountrymusicfestival.com.au

Easter Blues Bender

Various venues, Bendigo, April 14-18

Rock Happening of 2022 

Unfortunately, there wasn’t much info at the time of writing. However, the Bendigo Blues & Roots Music Festival will deliver some local favourites and visitors to various venues across Bendigo. A highlight is Easter Saturday at The Vine, which will host a 50-year anniversary celebration of Sunbury with four acts from the original line-up. 

More through bendigoblues.com 

Boogie

Our Friend’s Farm, Tallarook, April 15-17

We’ve got that boogie fever 

Your line-up is Alex Hamilton & Band, Augie March, Bad Bangs, Caitlin Harnett & the Pony Boys, Endless Boogie, Hard-Ons, Howlin’ Rain, Jack Davies & the Bush Chooks, Mindy Meng Wang, Mylee Grace, Pond, Quality Used Cars, Rot TV, The Skips, Southern River Band and Tropical Fuck Storm.     

More through boogie.net.au 

Rainbow Reunion

Melbourne Pavilion – April 17

There’s a pot of gold waiting for you

Your line-up is Antix, Grouch, Freq, Spoonbill, Ashez, Augmented, AyaBloom, Bayawaka, Bec Grenfell, Bobby Raver, Brian Fantana, Doppel, d-Rektional, GMJ & Matter, Goosebumpz, Gus Till, Hypnotech, Jamie Stevens, JPS, Karl Pilbrow, Kasey Taylor, Kundalini, Kodiak Kid, Milk Man, Ozzy, Shantaram, Sunshine, The Oddness, UOne, Wilma and Zimonix. 

More through rainbowserpent.net  

OK Motels

Geelong West Town Hall, Geelong on April 22

Everything is going to be okay 

Your line-up is Cosmic Psychos, The Living Eyes, Dr Sure’s Unusual Practice and Operation Karma. 

More through okmotels.com.au

 

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Stars & Bars Festival  

Palling Brothers Brewery, Heathcote on April 23

Where the real star is you  

A multi-locale bus tour featuring a line-up of The Seven-Ups, Nathan Seeckts, J.D. Delves & Harvest Moon, Alister Turrill, Joshua Seymour, Pete Daly and Mariah McCarthy. 

More through starsandbars.com.au

Fight Floods & War with Rock & Love

Barwon Club, Geelong on April 23

All you need is love… and rock 

A NSW/Queensland floods and Ukrainian humanitarian fundraiser featuring Redro Redriguez & His Inner Demons, Green Blanket, Jelly Mammoth, Rennie & the Shitchair, Sacramento Sweaters, Strange Unit, Shanty Tramp, Amba Fear, Old El Parso, Jarosite, Ghosts, DJ Stinky Mike, Cruella de Cowgirl and more.

More through barwonclub.com.au 

A Day on the Green

Mt Duneed Estate, Waurn Ponds on April 23

It’s only natural you’re going to love this 

Your line-up is Crowded House, along with special guests Angus & Julia Stone and The Waifs.

More through adayonthegreen.com.au

 

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Groovin the Moo

Prince of Wales Showgrounds, Bendigo on April 30

Everybody’s movin’, everybody’s groovin’, baby 

Your line-up is Alice Ivy, Broods, Chaii, Hilltop Hoods, Hockey Dad, Hope D, HP Boyz, Jesswar, JK-47, Mashd N Kutcher, Masked Wolf, Middle Kids, Milky Chance, Montaigne, Peking Duk, Polaris, RedHook, Riton, Shouse, Snakehips, Spiderbait, Sycco, Thomas Headon and Wolf Alice. 

More through gtm.net.au

Clunes Booktown Festival

Clunes, April 30-May 1

One more chapter before bed 

Authors featured include Tony Birch, Jock Serong, J.P. Pomare, Eliza Hull, Don Watson, Sean O’Beirne, Chloe Hooper, Fiona Scott Norman, Arnold Zable and Jacinta Parsons.  

More through clunesbooktown.com.au