Apollo Bay’s WinterWild festival announces new outdoor event, Summer Mild

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Apollo Bay’s WinterWild festival announces new outdoor event, Summer Mild

Photo by Joey Walker.

From the creators of Apollo Bay’s boundary-pushing dark arts festival, WinterWild, comes Summer Mild.

Following the cancellation of Victoria’s answer to Dark Mofo – WinterWild – the festival organisers are back, announcing a new summer event to go ahead in December.

Far from your average festival, WinterWild was slated to return to Apollo Bay in August, igniting the Otways with an immersive, boundary-pushing program for the fourth time. The festival – wrapped in the darkness and elemental power of the Victorian winter – was meant to place over two wintery weekends, August 13-15 and August 27-29, however was forced to cancel due to the most recent Victorian lockdowns.

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Dubbed ‘Summer Mild’, the 18+ event promises to be a day of music, food and good times celebrated outdoors behind the Apollo Bay Distillery and GOR Brewhouse.

Going ahead on Saturday, December 11 from 2pm, the event will feature WinterWild’s festival headliners including coastal psych-blues quintet The Murlocs , Apollo Bay hometown heroes The Vasco Era, coastal afro-beat rhythm kings Bananagun, female psych queens Parsnip, Forever Son, Melbourne-based garage quartet Bad Bangs, lo-fi garage rockers Sledgehammer, local favourites The Fillmores and homegrown heavy hitters The Refuge, plus back garden DJ’s.

These bands were all due to perform in the much-loved oldest venue in Apollo Bay, The Mech Hall, across the first weekend of WinterWild back in August.

Keeping Apollo Bay’s live music tradition running, this epic summer event is just what we needed to see following the festival’s unfortunately cancellation.

All previously purchased tickets from The Murlocs or The Vasco Era’s WinterWild shows will be valid for this event, and tickets need to be purchased online in advance due to COVID-19 restrictions.


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It all goes down at the Apollo Bay Distillery on Saturday, December 11 2021. Tickets can be purchased here