Music acts named for grape escape
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 grapeescape.com.au 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