Mayor: Festival set for major growth
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
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.”