YOU’LL need to rug up for this weekend’s Kennedys Creek Music Festival, but it will be well worth it.
The fourth running of the event boasts its biggest line-up to date, including a second day of acts and the first interstate bands to grace the stage in the Kennedys Creek Hall grounds.
Located on the edge of the Otways between Simpson and Lavers Hill, the festival raises money for upkeep of the hall, which is the focal point for the small rural community, co-organiser Joe Gardner said.
“This year we’ve got a few local markets with produce and products,” he said.
“It’s about getting more of the community and the local area involved.”
The festival draws punters from as far away as Melbourne and Warrnambool, but it’s still something of a best-kept secret, meaning the event has retained a low-key and relaxed vibe with numbers in the past reaching somewhere between 600 or 700.
“We don’t want to get any bigger,” Gardner said.
“We were always going to cap it around the 1000 mark to keep it small and personal.
“It makes it so much cruisier to be at. Too many people would take it away from what it is.
“The scenery and the vibe are part of the selling point.”
The other drawcard is the line-up which this year features 18 acts, including headliners and Geelong-area Triple J favourites The Murlocs and Fraser A Gorman & Big Harvest.
For the first time, interstate bands are joining the party, with Newcastle’s Cotangent, and Perth bands Man The Clouds and F****** Teeth on the bill.
Also performing are Surf Coast rockers Brother James (featuring former members of The Vasco Era), alt-country group Luke Legs & The Midnight Specials, shoegazers Flyying Colours, psych-rock trio Atolls, garage-rockers Sugar Ghouls, acoustic guitarist Jack Wright, Queenscliff bluesman Alister Turrill, and Anglesea folk singer Forever Son.
There’s also a bunch of south-west bands in the mix, including The Alamo, Kashmere Club, Red Eagle, Blackwood Jack, and The Fire Alive.
“It’s a fairly psychedelic line-up compared to the other years, which have been a bit more southern rock,” Gardner said of the bill.
“We try to get a bit of variety in there.
“People like seeing the local bands, and it’s good to see new bands, unknown bands, on there.”
This year’s event received state government funding to help with the promotion and running of the festival, while in past years it has been buoyed by support from Corangamite Shire.
Gardner said there were still tickets available through Stickytix and via the festival’s Facebook page.
He reminded punters that camping is allowed and the event is BYO, but there are no ATMs, and no animals or glass is allowed.