Queenscliff Music Festival 2014
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Queenscliff Music Festival 2014

It is with great excitement that I can announce the first line-up of the 2014 Queenscliff Music Festival. Chances are that some of the people reading this article will have already heard the first announcement which took place last Friday; however, this year sees Perfect Tripod, The Jezabels, Kasey Chambers and D.D Dumbo coming to the festival for the first time and Xavier Rudd and The Church returning for the first time since the early 2000s.
Most recently, the music festival had a fundraiser at the Point Lonsdale Town Hall which saw Stonefield, The Bombay Royale and Yirrmal and The Yolngu Boys give us a little taste of what to expect over the last weekend in November. 2014 sees a new era of the festival, with the appointment of new director Andrew Orvis. Chatting ahead of the line-up announcement, Orvis is very excited about this year’s event and the direction that it is headed in.
One of the most exciting bands that took to the stage at the fundraiser a few weeks back was Geelong’s own Sweethearts who have over the years created a lot of buzz around the local scene with their own brand of soul music, despite their youthful presence. “The Sweethearts probably blew everyone away. James Young from Cherry Bar told them that they are the best soul band in Melbourne, and that’s something in comparison to the Bamboos and the like. They rip. They are all fantastic and every act that played at the fundraiser was fantastic in their own, and we had a great crowd as well.”
Pondering the question whether Stonefield are headliners to this year’s event, Orvis relates that this year will be a little different with every band given an equal billing on the line-up this time around. “Everybody has their own place on the line-up for a reason, and I hate the whole kind of headliner thing. People talk about big bands selling the majority of the tickets to a festival, but I think the festival and the experience itself is what drives sales. There are bands that you would consider a headliner in previous years, but it’s all about good music,” Orvis said.
Within the next five months in the lead up to the festival, there is set to be six line-up announcements with a variety of different bands and genres on the bill. One of the main changes to the physical layout of the festival is the running of three stages: the Lighthouse (main stage), Hippos (secondary stage) and the inclusion of Glaneuse Stage, which will offer completely different experiences to the festival punter. In previous years, the Pelican Bar has been sectioned off from the food court precinct of the festival; however, this year the Glaneuse Stage will be an immersive experience including craft beer and fine wine, offering a different vibe to the mix. If you’ve been to Queenscliff Music Festival before, you will undoubtedly know that it is a blissful coastal getaway and a must do experience.
“The bands on the whole bill have to make sense and gel and I think that is what I’m trying to achieve this year. The beauty of Queenscliff is to be able to put a legendary Australian band like The Church on the same bill as Hiatus Kaiyote and The Bombay Royale. I look forward to announcing many more bands in the next few months, so keep an eye out.”
When&Where: Queenscliff – November 28-30
Written by Tex Miller

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