A huge program of live music events has been announced to bring together flood-impacted communities.
The stunning Victorian valleys we all know and love will come alive this Spring with a slew of live gigs taking over intimate venues, rural hotels and regional halls in a show of strength, support, love and commitment to extraordinary communities who have been affected by the floods of October 2022.
Through Music Victoria’s Live Music for Flood Recovery program, supported by Creative Victoria, small towns and villages in regional and rural Victoria will host 30 live music events at local venues for communities to revive and gather in the 12 months of clean up and rebuilding since floods impacted the region.
Stay up to date with what’s happening in and around the region here.
The program of live music events will be delivered across flood-impacted regions of Victoria including the townships of Tallarook, Pyramid Hill, Boort, Newbridge, Rochester, Bridgewater, Mooroopna, Baringhup, Horsham, Euroa, and the Pyrenees this Spring.
On Saturday 14 October, the inspiring and resilient community of Rochester are invited to come together for Rochella – a family-friendly festival of live music and local food at the Rochester Recreation Reserve. This special event, organised by community with support from sporting clubs and committees of the region, is an opportunity for locals to reunite and take a moment to share, commemorate and gather to appreciate the spirit of the Rochester community.
In the Loddon Valley, Whole Loddon Love will see the likes of Dan Kelly, Felicity Cripps Band, Queenie and Jess Parker perform over two weekends in October, in local halls and hotels in Boort, Pyramid Hill, Newbridge, Bridgewater, and Baringhup.
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Marking the first anniversary of major flooding in Mooroopna, a showcase of Yorta Yorta artists will perform at Ngalnin Murrangurang Ganbina (We Always Rise) in Kaieltheban Park on Sunday 15 October.
Tallarook’s historic Mechanic’s Institute will host a series of events including Deadly in the TMI, featuring Dan Sultan and Madi Colville-Walker, while Pyrenees Hideout presents Connection, with Bill Chambers, Marcus Cassells & The BAHA Collective.
Euroa Music Festival presents FLOW and Pyrenees Hideout presents Connection, two community events filled with excellent music from the creators of these celebrated regional festivals.
You can check out the full list of gigs here.
“We’re so excited to see an incredible array of community led events taking place all over the state,” says Music Victoria CEO Simone Schinkel.
“These events will provide a place for people to gather, reconnect and enjoy live music, which is such an important part of the recovery process for these communities.”
It follows events in Seymour, Shepparton, Kerang and North Wangaratta featuring Vika & Linda, Greg Champion and The Cat Empire, along with local artists.
The Live Music for Flood Recovery Program is supported by Music Victoria and by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria. The program has supported many events throughout 2023, from small gigs in pubs featuring local musicians, to large-scale festivals and community events, with passionate artists supporting communities and sharing music to provide a space for impacted communities to revive, recover and gather together after a tumultuous year.
For further information about the Live Music for Flood Recovery Program and the upcoming events, head here.