March 23, 2023

Musicians amaze

More than 1,000 fans and talented musicians packed into Aireys Inlet over the weekend enjoying a new-look Aireys Inlet Music Festival.

Event director Patrick Donovan said a strong first night featuring a talented mix of local and visiting artists including Forever Son, Torquay talent Immy Owusu, Zoe Fox & The Rocket Clocks and headliner Ella Hooper got the festival underway.

“It was a great Friday night show to get things going,” Mr Donovan said.

“Saturday was interesting because we had Rod Stewart and Cyndi Lauper cancel their show at Mount Duneed Estate, so we tried to get the word out that we were a worthy alternative, leading into a superb Sunday headlined by popular country musician Andy Golledge.”

Previously a free open-mic event, Mr Donovan said the festival’s transition to becoming a curated event was well-received in addition to high praise of the quality of entertainment.

“One of the best pieces of feedback we received was patrons really enjoyed the musical acts and we didn’t get asked for any refunds,” he added.

“All the bands chose to hang around as well, we would have had close to 80 bands in the audience on Sunday alone. It was a terrific atmosphere to be a part of."

“We will continue to look for ideas to improve the festival in future years, but we’re excited to entertain the Surf Coast again in 2024.”

All proceeds from ticket sales went to the festival’s musicians.

Read Surf Coast Times story here.

Zoe Fox and The Rocket Clocks rocked the stage to kick off the three-day festival. Photo: PETER MARSHALL

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