Surround Sounds is the new music festival coming to Geelong and the Bellarine in 2022 
04.11.2021

Surround Sounds is the new music festival coming to Geelong and the Bellarine in 2022 

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Expressions of interest are now open for for live music venues, musicians, artists, promoters, event organisers), Community Groups and more.

Adding to Victoria’s impressive range of music festivals already announced for 2022, Surround Sounds – Geelong & the Bellarine Music Festival is the adventurous new music festival that will strike a major note on the region’s annual cultural calendar.

Debuting across three weeks in April and May next year, the festival will take to stages across the city, coast and country of Geelong and the Bellarine, capturing a wide variety of musical styles and experiences.

The key takeaways 

  • Surround Sounds – Geelong & the Bellarine Music Festival, an adventurous new music festival
  • The festival will be held across three weeks in April and May, and span the city, coast and country of Geelong and the Bellarine
  • Expressions of interest are now open

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The new festival is all part of ‘Geelong Sounds’, a new music initiative of the City of Greater Geelong which will promote our beautiful and thriving region as a place where music is celebrated, supported and happening, putting a spotlight on the music, the people, the places and the spaces of the City of Greater Geelong and the Bellarine.

The large scale festival will kick off on Thursday, April 14 and run through to Sunday, May 8, featuring concerts, workshops, multi-arts collaborations, and exclusive events, designed to deliver a wide variety of musical styles and interests.

Hosting gigs in established venues, to intimate performances in secluded locations, Surround Sounds – Geelong & the Bellarine Music Festival will bring artists, venues and audiences together in a celebration of all things music.

Besides Geelong gaining a new music festival, the best part is that it is all about creating new opportunities for artists, and activating local places and spaces. Expressions of interest are now open for live music venues, arts and cultural venues, other venues including community and business facilities, creative industry (musicians, artists, promoters, event organisers), and Community Groups who have an idea that can be delivered in the City. This extends to locals within the city, and those across the state (or nation for that matter), as long as their idea/project is within the City of Greater Geelong.

Applications are now open and close 7 December 2021, with the full festival program released 8 March 2022.

Cr Eddy Kontelj, Chair of the Arts, Live Entertainment and Hospitality portfolio says the council is proud to present a festival across multiple locations that showcases and invests in our local talent.

“Greater Geelong is home to some extraordinarily talented musicians and creatives who should seriously consider applying to perform at Surround Sounds,” Cr Kontelj said.

“Local musicians and entertainers have been encouraging us to take the lead on exciting initiatives exactly like this in order to put Geelong back on the map as Australia’s live music capital, and through the Arts, Live Entertainment and Hospitality portfolio, that is our intent and aspiration.

“As part of our Arts and Cultural Strategy, council is working to strengthen our region’s live music scene and put our artists front and centre.”

For more information and to submit an EOI visit www.surroundsoundsgeelong.com.au