about the aus music festival
The Aus Music Festival – Warrnambool focuses on music and songs ‘made and played in Australia’. After more than three years of planning and consultation, the Committee of volunteers who run the event decided to press the ‘Go’ button for a festival to celebrate our rich musical heritage and history while simultaneously sharing and supporting contemporary Australian music and its musicians.
The inaugural Aus Music Festival – Warrnambool was held on Friday 30 October, Saturday 31 October and Sunday 1 November 2015.
The vision is to create an authentic, self-sustainable cultural event relevant to our region, history and environs. Components of the 2015 festival included an Aus Music Forum sponsored by Music Victoria, visual arts, an indigenous music presentation as well as numerous concerts and smaller gigs showcasing all musical genres.
In Year One, the Lighthouse Theatre and Studio complex hosted a series of ticketed concerts featuring visiting and local performers. A Fringe Festival of CBD pubs and clubs was made up of more intimate self-ticketed gigs.
The Aus Music Forum, held at The Lighthouse Theatre from 9am to 12pm on Saturday 31 October, provided opportunities for networking amongst Australian music professionals as well as offering Master classes in music-related subjects. Participants in the forum interacted with a select panel of music industry personalities chosen by Music Victoria to discuss various issues relevant to Aussie musos.
The plan is to be ‘better before bigger’ and to grow Aus Music Festival–Warrnambool in future years beyond the CBD to incorporate the Lake Pertobe precinct and the Warrnambool foreshore area.
It is hoped that the ‘Back to the Bay’ concert will become an annual highlight of the festival, celebrating the once iconic Lady Bay Hotel and the bands that played there.
The Fringe Festival will expand to include cafes, wine bars, restaurants, clubs, halls, churches, galleries, retail outlets and tourist attractions around the city. Motels, hotels and caravan parks will play a crucial role in providing not only entertainment but also accommodation for festival patrons.
Gig images have been kindly donated by Sheree Dubois and Kashmere Club.
Images of Warrnambool have been kindly donated by Ian Bail.