Mu­sic acts named for grape es­cape

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News -

Aband of brothers hail­ing from re­gional Vic­to­ria who es­tab­lished a rep­u­ta­tion in south-east Aus­tralia’s pub-mu­sic scene will head­line mu­si­cal tal­ent at this year’s Grampians Grape Es­cape.

The Set­tle­ment will per­form at the May 5 and 6 event at Halls Gap, join­ing an en­ter­tain­ment list that also in­cludes pop­u­lar Ararat dis­trict soul­funk-blues en­sem­ble Or­ange Whip and Ade­laide soul­ful rock­ing group Wan­der­ers, pre­par­ing to re­lease a new sin­gle later this month.

Other artists who will grace the fes­ti­val stage this year in­clude Coby Grant, Ni­cholas Charles, Stringy­bark Mcdow­ell and Mol­ly­cod­dle, Mad­house, Mitch King, Alice Skye and band, The Kite Ma­chine and Grim Fawkner.

Grampians Grape Es­cape has long been a sup­porter of na­tional and re­gional live mu­si­cal tal­ent, pro­vid­ing emerg­ing artists and es­tab­lished pro­fes­sion­als an op­por­tu­nity to per­form with Grampians Na­tional Park as a back­drop.

Fes­ti­val di­rec­tor Vanessa Bri­ody said this year’s fes­ti­val was ‘the big­gest yet’, and ‘has the most ex­cit­ing mu­sic line-up to match’.

“Fes­ti­val-go­ers can revel in the sound of live mu­sic as they sip on award-win­ning drops from the re­gion, re­fu­elling be­fore the next act with a range of de­li­cious food trucks serv­ing Span­ish paella, Forge woodfire piz­zas and more,” she said.

“En­joy the un­par­al­leled ex­pe­ri­ence of live mu­sic per­formed by lo­cal and na­tional artists among the breath­tak­ing Grampians bush­land.”

This year Grampians Grape Es­cape is also team­ing with chef and host of tele­vi­sion se­ries River Cot­tage Aus­tralia Paul West and for­mer Masterchef Aus­tralia con­tes­tant and star of Chan­nel 10’s The Cook’s Pantry Matt Sin­clair for master­classes and cook­ing demon­stra­tions.

West said he had heard much about the Grampians.

“I can’t wait to get there and ex­per­i­ment with its renowned fresh pro­duce and great wines,” he said.

Sin­clair said the Grampians Grape Es­cape was one of the best re­gional food and wine fes­ti­vals in the coun­try.

“I’m re­ally look­ing for­ward to spend­ing time there cook­ing for fes­ti­val-go­ers,” he said.

Ms Bri­ody said the fes­ti­val, which also in­volves a se­ries of events and at­trac­tions in the month lead­ing up to May 4, would also star some of Aus­tralia’s most distin­guished wine­mak­ers from the Grampians, Pyre­nees and Henty re­gions.

“Meet the wine­mak­ers and learn from the pro­duc­ers who have ex­per­i­mented with tech­niques, and pushed bound­aries, to bring award-win­ning wines and newly dis­cov­ered prod­ucts for fes­ti­val go­ers to en­joy,” she said.

“The highly an­tic­i­pated an­nual Grampians Wine­mak­ers Re­serve Shi­raz Bar­rique will be also re­turn­ing to give bid­ders the chance to take home a rare taste of the Grampians once the week­end is over.

“Par­ents can also en­joy a glass, or two, know­ing their mini fes­ti­val-go­ers are well en­ter­tained at the fes­ti­val vil­lage with na­tive an­i­mals, boomerang paint­ing, pot­ting herb work­shops, pasta mak­ing and plenty more.

“Whether you are look­ing for a week­end es­cape or a day’s get­away, gather the troops and head down to Grampians Grape Es­cape to sip on the re­gion’s sig­na­ture wines, browse more than 120 stalls, and em­brace the un­ri­valled lo­ca­tion.”

Adult ticket prices for the week­end start at $30 and range up to $110 ‘tast­ing ticket’ deals. Tick­ets for chil­dren un­der 18 are $15 and chil­dren un­der five are free of charge.

Peo­ple can visit web­site grampians grapeescap­ to buy tick­ets and for more in­for­ma­tion.

POP­U­LAR: Ararat en­sem­ble Or­ange Whip, fea­tur­ing Matt Had­dow and Tammy Mee­han, pic­tured, will per­form at Grampians Grape Es­cape. Pic­ture: PAUL CARRACHER

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