Plan­ning starts for 2018

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Grampians Mu­sic Fes­ti­val or­gan­is­ers will turn their at­ten­tion to next year af­ter hail­ing the in­au­gu­ral event at Halls Gap a suc­cess.

Fes­ti­val di­rec­tor Carly Flec­k­noe said fes­ti­val-go­ers made the most of per­fect weather con­di­tions to en­joy per­for­mances by head­line acts in­clud­ing Saskwatch, Tiger­town and Felix Riebl of The Cat Em­pire.

She said up-and-coming Aus­tralian artists in­clud­ing Alex La­hey, The Set­tle­ment and Cheap Fakes were also well re­ceived.

“The at­mos­phere and com­mu­nity spirit of at­ten­dees and ev­ery­one in­volved in bring­ing the fes­ti­val to life was phe­nom­e­nal,” she said.

“We couldn’t be hap­pier with how the week­end turned out. Our in­ten­tion was to cre­ate a mem­o­rable ex­pe­ri­ence that cel­e­brates some of the in­cred­i­ble up-and­com­ing artists we have here in Aus­tralia and that’s ex­actly what we did.

“Seeing peo­ple en­joy­ing all el­e­ments of the fes­ti­val in­clud­ing the mu­sic, the pic­turesque set­ting and the great food and drink was some­thing re­ally spe­cial.”

Fes­ti­val at­tendee Juli­ette Lalli said she would re­turn next year.

“I’ve been to many mu­sic fes­ti­vals all over Aus­tralia but I’ve never ex­pe­ri­enced any­thing quite like the in­ti­mate vibe at the Grampians Mu­sic Fes­ti­val,” she said.

“Ev­ery­one was so friendly, the mu­sic was fan­tas­tic and there sim­ply couldn’t have been a bet­ter lo­ca­tion than be­ing sur­rounded by the stunning Grampians Na­tional Park moun­tains – just breath­tak­ing.

“I’m look­ing for­ward to next year al­ready.”

Ms Flec­k­noe said to en­cour­age more emerg­ing tal­ent, Grampians Mu­sic Fes­ti­val staged the first-ever Re­gional Vic­to­rian DJ Com­pe­ti­tion.

“Win­ner Zatchie from Gee­long skil­fully mixed sweet tunes to the de­light of the crowd,” she said.

She said buskers also brought their tal­ents to Halls Gap, en­ter­tain­ing crowds in the streets with a va­ri­ety of live per­for­mances.

Ms Flec­k­noe said peo­ple could visit www.grampians­mu­sicfes­ti­val.com for more in­for­ma­tion and to keep up-to-date with news for the 2018 event.

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