Gidge­stock on next week­end

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A MU­SIC fes­ti­val with as­pi­ra­tions to be­come WA’s Wood­stock has been qui­etly grow­ing on a 20ha prop­erty in the Perth Hills.

It started in 2015 when a bunch of mu­sic en­thu­si­asts de­cided they wanted to give some­thing back to the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

Steve and Jo Mitcham had the per­fect venue, a prop­erty with a nat­u­ral am­phithe­atre in Gidge­gan­nup.

The first year had 14 bands play­ing at a low-key Gidge­stock in Oc­to­ber 2015 to an in­vi­ta­tion-only au­di­ence, who loved what they ex­pe­ri­enced.

Prof­its from that first year went to the Kala­munda Com­mu­nity Ra­dio build­ing fund.

Last year, about 300 peo­ple at­tended the day-and-a-half fes­ti­val on sunny days and a chilly night, mak­ing the six fire pits much in de­mand.

Bands played through the af­ter­noon and into the evening un­til mid­night be­fore hardy cam­pers headed to their tents.

They were up on Sun­day for a cooked breakfast and ready for a re­laxed live mu­sic ses­sion.

The Gidge­stock Ex­pe­ri­ence is based on the Wood­stock theme of peace, love and great mu­sic. Just as Wood­stock was the launch pad for many top names in the mu­sic in­dus­try, Gidge­stock is aimed at pro­mot­ing tal­ented emerg­ing WA

bands and solo per­form­ers from mixed gen­res.

Mu­si­cians do­nate their ser­vices, en­abling the fes­ti­val to do­nate prof­its to lo­cal causes. This year it will be Manna Inc. and the West Gidge­gan­nup Vol­un­teer Fire Bri­gade.

This year’s third an­nual Gidge­stock Mu­sic Fes­ti­val is on Oc­to­ber 14 and 15.

The venue has had an up­grade to the am­phithe­atre and the ad­di­tion of gravel dance arena. Lo­cal mu­si­cians will

play from 11.30am to mid­night on the Satur­day and from 8am to noon on Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 15.

The fam­ily event has a range of ac­tiv­i­ties, rang­ing from a bouncy cas­tle to face paint­ing, for chil­dren.

Last year, about $5000 in prof­its was shared be­tween Manna Inc., which has helped home­less and un­der­priv­i­leged peo­ple in Perth for 20 years, and the West Gidge­gan­nup Vol­un­teer Fire Bri­gade.

Pa­trons en­joy­ing the Gidge­stock Ex­pe­ri­ence.

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