Nightjar Festival’s makes its grand from tonight with unmissable series of music, entertainment, food and more

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Nightjar Festival’s makes its grand from tonight with unmissable series of music, entertainment, food and more

Words by Staff Writer

Thursdays & Fridays in Torquay are about to come alive with Nightjar Festival's 2024 triumphant return and revolution.

After a four-year hiatus, the Nightjar Festival is back, and it’s kicking off tonight with a bang! Returning with a refreshed structure and a thrilling lineup of events, ‘The Series’ is set to transform Torquay Common into a hub of music, entertainment, and community spirit over the next two weeks.

Tonight, on January 4, the festival begins its musical journey with a stellar lineup featuring locals Victoriana Gaye Trio and the surf sounds of South Atlas, Central Coast siblings Little Quirks, the firebrand trumpet-playing vocalist from The Cat Empire, Harry James Angus, and to send off the first night, Yolngu artists and storyteller Yirrmal will bring his soulful voice to the big top.

Nightjar Festival – The Series

  • Night 1: Victoriana Gaye Trio, South Atlas, Little Quirks, Harry James Angus and Yirrmal.
  • Night 2: De Porsal, Creature Fear, Fred Leone, Full Flower Moon Band, and The Murlocs.
  • Design Exchange Surfcoast: A showcase of Australia’s inspiring designers, artists, and creators.
  • Night 3: Immy Owusu, Leah Senior Trio, Steph Strings, Ash Grunwald, and Bobby Alu.
  • Night 4: The Hollow Majors, Brooke Taylor, Leroy Macqueen, CHAPERONE, The Vasco Era and Fanny Lumsden.
  • One Last Night: A high-calibre showcase of contemporary and experimental artists.

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


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CEO and Event Promoter Lyndelle Flintoft is excited about Nightjar Festival’s grand return, stating, “We’re back to make Torquay come alive! Nightjar Festival is not just about music; it’s a fusion of good food, talented stallholders, and a community vibe.”

‘The Series’ spans two weeks, taking place on Thursdays and Fridays, from January 4 to January 12. The festival’s core focus has always been on good food, showcasing local talent, and quality stallholders, but this year, Nightjar is amping up the experience.

In addition to the music, the festival grounds will be alive with roving performers, free face painting, welcome to country ceremonies, and a free silent disco. The event aims to provide a diverse range of activities for everyone who walks through the gates.

Nightjar Festival – The Series introduces pre-event ticketing for a smoother entry process, and ticket holders can enjoy an express lane. Exciting prizes are up for grabs, enhancing the overall festival experience.

The festival area includes two boutique licensed zones supporting Great Ocean Road Gin, Flowstate Brewers & Distillers, and Blackman’s Brewery. Despite the calls for full licensing, organisers have struck a balance by creating specific drinking zones, ensuring the event remains inclusive for everyone.

Beyond the music, Nightjar Festival – The Series boasts attractions like Surf Coast Design Exchange Markets and One Last Night, a fully licensed, small-capacity music event focusing on musical excellence.

Tonight’s lineup, featuring The Vasco Era and Harry James Angus, is just the beginning of a series of nights filled with music, entertainment, and community celebration. The festival promises an unmissable experience for Torquay and the wider Geelong community.

Prepare for Nightjar Festival’s grand return tonight at Torquay Common. Get your tickets now for a series of nights that promise music, entertainment, and memories to last a lifetime.