Mayor: Fes­ti­val set for ma­jor growth

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North­ern Grampians Shire Mayor Tony Driscoll is confident Grampians Mu­sic Fes­ti­val at Halls Gap will es­tab­lish it­self as an iconic na­tional event.

Cr Driscoll, who at­tended the in­au­gu­ral event, said the fu­ture looked bright for the fes­ti­val, and now it had set foun­da­tions it would con­tinue to grow.

“It was a sen­sa­tional event. You couldn’t get a bet­ter set­ting. For­get about places such as Hang­ing Rock – they have noth­ing on Halls Gap,” he said.

Or­gan­is­ers have al­ready turned their at­ten­tion to next year af­ter pa­trons made the most of per­fect weather to soak up the mu­si­cal ex­trav­a­ganza in­volv­ing sev­eral high-pro­file and bur­geon­ing acts.

“The or­gan­is­ers should be pretty proud of them­selves. Ev­ery fes­ti­val has to start some­where, and if that’s an ex­am­ple of what we can ex­pect in the fu­ture, then it is only go­ing to get big­ger,” Cr Driscoll said.

“The am­bi­ence, the at­mos­phere, the ac­com­mo­da­tion and ac­cess that Halls Gap pro­vides means it will con­tinue to at­tract crowds, great Aus­tralian artists and per­haps even in­ter­na­tional artists will jump on board.

“We reckon Grampians Mu­sic Fes­ti­val will be the next large iconic mu­sic fes­ti­val in Vic­to­ria and Aus­tralia.

“It’s been a gi­ant leap for­ward and it is only go­ing to get big­ger. This one has started off so well it is go­ing to go gang­busters no doubt. Na­ture has al­ready cre­ated a venue and the rest will take care of it­self.

“From the coun­cil’s per­spec­tive, in terms of pro­mot­ing fes­ti­vals that bring peo­ple to our re­gion, we will con­tinue to nur­ture and en­cour­age


its evo­lu­tion.”

Cr Driscoll said North­ern Grampians Shire was now pre­par­ing for a Baby­lon Labour Day Week­end mu­sic and life­style camp­ing fes­ti­val at Cara­pooee West, south of St Arnaud.

Cr Driscoll said the ex­pec­ta­tion was that 4000 peo­ple would gather for the four-day event fea­tur­ing 64 in­ter­na­tional and Aus­tralian elec­tronic-mu­sic per­form­ers and pro­duc­ers on three stage ar­eas.

“When it comes to en­ter­tain­ment and fes­ti­vals, North­ern Grampians is open for busi­ness. We’re the place to be,” he said.

Baby­lon fes­ti­val or­gan­is­ers de­scribed the event as: “An en­chant­ing mu­sic and life­style camp­ing fes­ti­val that will be set deep in the heart of the Aus­tralian wilder­ness; tak­ing place across four days and fea­tur­ing an in­spired cu­ra­tion of lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional live and elec­tronic mu­sic artists, along­side a unique world of art, mind­ful­ness and com­mu­nity ex­plo­ration, with spec­tac­u­lar pro­duc­tion and crys­tal clear sound.”

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