ReSound Festival to Reignite Geelong Live Music Scene

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ReSound Festival to Reignite Geelong Live Music Scene

Words by Tammy Walters

ReSound returns weeks after a successful day one in Ocean Grove, planting performers in venues across the Geelong CBD.

Over the years the City of Greater Geelong has activated spaces in Geelong to showcase the best in local live music offers across both venues and talent. Under the newly instated Live and Local initiative adopted by the City of Greater Geelong with support from the Live Music Office and APRA AMCOS, which aims to spotlight the places and people that make up this vibrant local music ecology, they are yet again making strides with the introduction of the ReSound Festival.

ReSound Festival Details

  • Where: The Hot Chicken Project, Lou’s Pizza & Wine, Medusa, Murran – First Nations Hub, Pistol Pete’s Food and Blues, Popcultcha Records & Books
  • When: Saturday 22 June
  • Cost: Free

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The two-day festival sees the activation of both conventional venues and outside of the box spaces transformed into festival stages hosting local talent in a walking tour program. The start of the month led in with a bang with Day One of the festival taking place. On Saturday 1 June, ReSound Ocean Grove saw five venues overflowing with bodies keen for local music offerings. Across Blackman’s Beer and Burger Bar, Driftwood Cafe, The Piping Hot Chicken Shop, Bookgrove and the newly opened Greek Restaurant KALA, fourteen talented local solo musicians and duos serenaded, stomped, swayed and soared. 

Now the second iteration of ReSound is set to hit, taking over the Geelong CBD. On Saturday 22 June, six spaces in the Geelong CBD will be roaring with live music. Here’s your guide to the festival.

The Hot Chicken Project

A staple of Little Malop Street dining, The Hot Chicken Project will host the hats of the event. Coming in first in her signature red hat, with a guitar glued to her body is Hassall from 2.30pm. Hassall is a mainstay of the Geelong music scene who knows a thing or two about activating unconventional spaces for gigs. Her single launch last year saw her take over a bowling alley! Ella Sweeney is up next. Having also played ReSound Ocean Grove, Sweeney sticks in the mind when it comes to impeccable songwriting talent in the region. The evening is closed out by another hat wearing legend, Nathan Seeckts. Seeckts has a big voice and an even bigger love for blues and Americana diddies. 


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Lou’s Pizza & Wine

Not just great pizza and wine pairings, Lou’s Pizza & Wine is all about atmosphere and for ReSound, this is definitely up there as a highlight zone for talent. A trio of talent is lined-up for Lou’s, leaning in with the magnetic Rhianna Fibbins. Having had a wildly successful career with her sister in The Sideshow Brides, Fibbins has played on stages with some of the worlds most illustrious artists including Dallas Crane, Cold Chisel, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Tim Rogers, Tex Perkins and Matt Walker. Following Fibbins is the majestic Daisy Kilbourne. Her vintage flare will hook you into her 70’s inspired world. Take a good hard look at The Romantic Bastards. From Dan Waters and Nick O’Mara, this collaboration has everything – love of the forlorn, hopeless and striking kind along with stories of vengeance.  


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Slide into Medusa for a taste of Spain with Spanish songstress Emilia Fol jetting things off from 2.30pm. Apollo Bays Sid O’Neil jumps up next for a set full of reverb-laden ballads and industrial techno. Parsnips close the curtains on Medusa’s ReSound riot. Since their 2016 inception, the band have garnered a huge following which only doubled with their triumphant sophomore album Behold, exploring realms of both the outer and inner consciousness against a jangly and jolting synergy. They kick off from 5pm.


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Murran – First Nations Hub 

Murran – First Nations Hub is Geelong’s newest innovation space for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses, creatives and individuals to access and thrive. To celebrate the diversity of our live music ecology local First Nations acoustic duo Mick Ryan and Renee Howell, better known as Loud n’ Deadly will be taking over, followed by a special set from ‘Better Things’ songstress Kee’ahn. Kee’ahn has been taking over the airwaves, particularly with their stunning collaboration with powerhouse Emma Donovan for ‘Take No More’.

Pistol Pete’s Food n Blues

Just a week before the beloved blues bar shuts its doors after ten dedicated years, Pistol Pete’s Food n Blues will take part in the ReSound festivities. True to the nature of their decade service in championing the local live music scene, they will be host to emerging and mainstay talent. Naarm artist Lucy Lorenne kicks things off from 2pm, with her five piece band playing much-needed ‘Barbie-Rock’ bangers. ‘Live Guitarist of the Year’ 2020 nominee at the National Live Music Awards, Bec Goring will be taking to the corner stage at 3.15pm. Closing out the Pistol Pete performances is the soulful sounds of Gloria Ragesh brainchild, Wild Gloriosa.


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Popcultcha Records & Books

Dip into a trio of talent upstairs at Popcultcha Records & Books. The dedicated music and publication house will host the haunting vocals of Summer de Vries from 1.45pm, Surf Coast song-builder Jasmin Adria from 3pm and local legend Rach Brennan in her new solo project from 4.15pm.


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Full program information including set times can be found via the City of Greater Geelong website.