Bellarine Estate have Kings Birthday long weekend sorted with a stellar live music lineup

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Bellarine Estate have Kings Birthday long weekend sorted with a stellar live music lineup

Words by Staff Writer

Not just great wine and charcuterie boards, Bellarine Estate is positioning itself as a live music haven in the Bellarine.

With the Kings Birthday long weekend just around the corner on Friday 7 June through to Monday 10 June, Bellarine Estate are celebrating in style, bringing beats to the Bellarine.

Cementing its reputation for excellence, Bellarine Estate is set to kick off a spectacular winter program of live music, showcasing talented bands from the local and interstate scene, against the backdrop of its stunning winery and cellar door, nestled in the picturesque Bellarine Peninsula with the long weekend set to be a show stopper. Phil and Denzil Para will be playing the Friday evening from 6.30pm, and Bill Barber & The Holding Cell will be following up on the Saturday.

Bellarine Estate Winter Music Program

  • Saturday 25 May 2024: The Hornets
  • Friday 7 June 2024: Phil and Denzil Para
  • Saturday 8 June 2024: Bill Barber & The Holding Cell
  • Saturday 22 June 2024: Hot Ice
  • Saturday 13 July 2024: Is Don
  • Saturday 27 July 2024: Oscar LaDell
  • Saturday 24 August 2024: Elvis to the Extreme

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


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Melbourne’s King of the Blues, Rock and guitar wizardry Phil Para is joined by his multi-instrumentalist and vocalist son Denzil for an evening of all the classic favourites with a twist of some more modern tunes as well. Showcasing a good dose of originals, the vocal play and harmonies between the two is sublime and this father and son duo have no shortage of musical talent swapping instruments as easily as they swap repartee. Their set starts half an hour after the dinner rush opens at 6pm with booking and tickets required for the event.

The following night the four-piece blues rock powerhouse of Bille Barber & The Holding Cell might just become your new favourite band. Having just won their way through to the International Blues Challenge in Memphis for 2024, performing their way to a tight semi-final, narrowly missing out on the final to rave reviews. Hailing from Victoria, the sound you’ll hear is bigger, louder, more energetic and driving than anything you’ve heard before. From the old school storytelling and intensity of singer and guitarist Bill Barber, to the exquisite technicality and voicings of guitarist Shaun Klinger, if you’re a fan of the six strings.

These music sessions continue every Saturday throughout winter with The Hornets opening thing up on Saturday 25 May, Hot Ice taking over on Saturday 22 June, Is Don on Saturday 13 July, Oscar LaDell on Saturday 27 July and finally Elvis To The Extreme on Saturday 24 August.

James Kenny, General Manager at Bellarine Estate says of the upcoming shows, “We are lucky at Bellarine Estate that we have the ability to host both large-scale outdoor gigs as well as small, intimate indoor shows. The Bellarine area has a vibrant live music scene and we’re stoked to contribute to its success. As well as our award-winning wines, we also have in-house gin distillery Thirty Acres, our famous authentic Texas BBQ which attracts diners from far and wide, and now we can say we’re a live music venue. It’s an exciting evolution for our family-owned and run business as we work towards positioning ourselves as more than an exceptional wine producer – but an exceptional destination.”

What a great excuse to head down to the Bellarine for an award-winning wine, a tantalising dinner and a show! Further information and bookings can be found here.