Lo­cal mu­sic fes­ti­val acts an­nounced

Ovens & Murray Advertiser - - LETTERS TO THE EDITOR -

- AD­VER­TISER, Thurs­day, De­cem­ber 20, 2018

BEECH­WORTH’S Mad­man’s Gully, lo­cated in the stun­ning rolling hills of the for­mer May­day Hills Lu­natic Asy­lum, will echo with the hard driv­ing beats of Aus­tralia’s favourite 1990s stoner-rock­ers Tum­ble­weed as part of Beech­worth Mu­sic Fes­ti­val on Satur­day, Jan­uary 26.

Tum­ble­weed will be joined by an all Aus­tralian line-up in­clud­ing the tran­scen­dent lyri­cist Amaya Lau­cir­ica, sham­bolic pop four­some School Dam­age, throw­back rock ‘n’ roller Emilee South, youth­ful in­die Reg­gae rock­ers Pablo Pace.

Blues mad­men The Rub­ber Band, clas­sic charm­ing hip-hop duo Black Magic, lo­cal folk singer Sal Kim­ber and her crack band the Rollin’ Wheel, and Thomy Sloane and Lucy Wal- dron (Bat­piss) fresh from tour­ing with Court­ney Bar­nett.

DJ sets by DJ Mer­maid and Ar­chi­tec­ture in Helsinki from Beech­worth’s very own Boom Box car­a­van the SS Greig­wah, will keep pun­ters en­er­gised through­out the day.

The Beech­worth Mu­sic Fes­ti­val main stage is set in an am­phithe­atre in ‘Mad­man’s Gully’, a name given to the lo­ca­tion in the 1850s when it be­came known that gold was plen­ti­ful in the gully, 13 or so years be­fore the Beech­worth Lu­natic Asy­lum opened in 1867.

Ap­par­ently, a gold dig­ger ran out of his tent one morn­ing, stark naked, and with a handful of sticks, com­menced mark­ing out the ground for him­self, threat­en­ing vengeance to any­one who would op­pose him on his new ter­ri­tory. From here, the name ‘Mad­man’s Gully’ stuck. pre­served his­toric gold min­ing towns, Beech­worth was built on the splen­dour of the early Vic­to­rian gold rush.

Add to that the bushranger his­tory sur­round­ing Ned Kelly and his gang, the iconic sand­stone gaol, the sen­sa­tional gorge, Bridge Road Brew­ery and of course, The Beech­worth Bak­ery, this sum­mer fes­ti­val is well-worth the three hour drive up the Hume High­way from Mel­bourne, an ex­cel­lent road­trip from Syd­ney and NSW or just for a lo­cal get­away for a Jan­uary week­end.

Free camp­ing is avail­able and the whole fes­ti­val is fam­ily friendly with mu­sic and ac­tiv­i­ties www.omad­ver­tiser.com.au kick­ing off at 4pm on the Fri­day and 9am on Satur­day, with live mu­sic com­menc­ing early af­ter­noon and rolling well into the evening.

Head up the Hume High­way for the Beech­worth Mu­sic Fes­ti­val for a di­verse range of al­ter­na­tive mu­sic; in­de­pen­dence with a good dose of at­ti­tude cre­at­ing a mu­si­cal smor­gas­bord to un­lock, soothe and shake up your senses.

The Beech­worth Mu­sic Fes­ti­val takes place on Jan­uary 25-26 2019.

Tick­ets avail­able from www.beech­worth­mu­sicfes­ti­val.com or over the counter with your steak and snags at CC’s Qual­ity Meats and Smoke­house.

The Beech­worth Mu­sic Fes­ti­val is proudly sup­ported by Indigo Shire and Indigo FM.

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