The Queenscliff Music Festival have done it again. With a blockbuster 2018 line-up featuring names like Courtney Barnett, The Whitlams and Dan Sultan, it's looking like the festival will sell out for a fourth year in a row.
Held on the Bellarine Peninsula, Victoria, Queenscliff Music Festival (23-25 November) will feature a very special performance of the late Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu's final album, 'Djarimirri', performed by a 16-piece orchestra from the Australian National Academy of Music and will feature an array of special performers and vocalists.
Other home-grown artists included in the line-up range from Aussie music legends Kasey Chambers and Sarah Blasko, hip hop royalty The Herd, to fresh-faced newcomers Maddy Jane, Ali Barter and Carla Geneve.
Winners of Best Independent Label at last month's 2018 AIR Awards, Milk! Records veteran Fraser A Gorman will be playing alongside label mates Courtney Barnett and Jen Cloher (who was also named Best Independent Artist at the 2018 AIR Awards).
Emerging indigenous artist Alice Skye hailing from rural Victoria will also be playing, alongside up-and-coming pop-punk poet Alana Wilkinson, Victorian sister duo Charm Of Finches and Zimbabwean electronica-soul queen Thando.
Bringing the groove is The Senegambian Jazz Band, along with the salsa-inspired Ella Trinidad and neo-soul hip hop inspired artist China Bowls. Folk-inspired sister act The Little Stevies have also been added to the line-up.
From overseas comes Osaka Monaurail, a Japanese funk orchestra with a reputation as big as their sound, Africa's 'Sultan of Shred' Bombino and Oahu's soulful roots-reggae performer Mike Love. Also from Hawaii will be Donavon Frankenreiter with his trusty guitar as well as Gomez singer Ben Ottewell will also make the trip to Queenscliff in 2018.
A collaboration between Australian singer-songwriter Stu Larson and Japanese harmonica player Natsuki Kurai have, along with genre-defying newcomers Wanderers, also been recruited to play the festival.
Music isn't the only entertainment at the family-friendly festival, with comedy trio Tripod providing the laughs, and ABC Kids favourites the Teeny Tiny Stevies performing as part of the kids entertainment programme.
The Queenscliff Music Festival will also be running a 'Foot-in-the-Door' competition for emerging artists between the age of 12 and 25.
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Queenscliff Music Festival 2018 Line-Up
Charm of Finches
Fraser A Gorman
Gurrumul's Djarimirri Live
Horns of Leroy
The Little Stevies
The Senegambian Jazz Band
Skinnyfish Sound System
Stu Larsen & Natsuki Kurai
Teeny Tiny Stevies
The Turner Brown Band