Announcement of the artist and times of the ‘Almost Summer Music Festival’
Celebrating the return of good weather and even better times, the “Almost Summertime Music Festival” unveiled its full three-day program of music, food and festivities.
Take a day trip or settle in for all three days, our money is on the full experience because let’s face it, it’s BENDIGO, it has the most beautiful streets lined with heritage, full of art and culture on this side of VIC.
So start planning your road trip, because ‘Almost Summer Music Festival’ takes over the heart of Bendigo from Friday 25th to Sunday 27th November.
With the main outdoor stage behind the iconic Capitol Theater ‘Almost Summer’ takes over the artsy View Street district where you’ll find the famous Bendigo Art Gallery, a string of local shops, restaurants, bars, and cafes as well as the beautiful Rosalind Park – all within a two minute walk of the almost summer music festival site.
The festival dropped its full three-schedule, starting Friday at 5 p.m. with a Welcome to the Country and Smoking Ceremony, honoring traditional owners Dja Dja Wurrung before singer-songwriter Yorta Yorta Dja Dja Wurrung Carissa Nyalu takes the stage to open the inaugural party.
Friday nights will feature former Snakadaktal singer and songwriter Phoebe Lou, whose latest solo project Phoebe Go was a Bigsound highlight and Triple J says of her latest project “be warned, it could break you”.
South Sudanese rapper, songwriter and producer Pookie brings her powerful stories to the stage with strength and passion, followed by rising Australian folk artist Suzi, whose honest and relatable lyrics will disarm even the harshest critics.
DJ duties fall to Melbourne’s most exuberant human buzzer about the music industry, DJ Joey Lightbulb will take on the MC from 5pm until the last person leaves the event site.
Grab your coffee and croissant at a reasonable hour on Saturday, as doors open at 11am with Triple J’s Pip Rasmussen as MC and DJ. Kicking off what has been set for a sunny Saturday are local favorites Aplegate followed by Melbourne Sunfruits psych/pop disco outfit.
Indie-guitar pop artist Geoffrey O’Conner (Sly Hats, The Crayon Fields) is next, performing his solo work, following his latest release after a seven-year hiatus. The next step is the emergence of a quirky dream Freeds that blends hip-hop storytelling with catchy pop that projects an optimism to shake off any dark spells.
As the sun sets over Dudley House, stage right, psychedelic Melbourne quintet Bananagun will bring their unique blend of Afrobeat and 60s and 70s exoticism to the Fela Kuti-esque rehearsal, fury rhythm of The Monks and the grooves of Os Mutantes, creating a lost atmosphere. world of exoticism to the lucky audience of Almost Summer.
All female festival headliners Kardajala Kirridarra will grace the stage on their Bendigo debut for this very special intimate performance which received a spin on Triple J in 2017 with their single Ngurra (Rain Song) and over four years since. their last appearance in Melbourne. Honoring language, culture and family with country-inspired songs, it was no small feat to bring this very special act to regional Victoria for their first-ever performance on Country Dja Dja Wurrung, coming dunes behind the community of Malinja, NT.
Saturday’s lineup ends with nothing but the ride of ’80s electronica legends Black Cab, whose latest release, Rostler’s Rules, has been described by music journalist Bernard Zuel as “a record on which dance”, so yes, the public will have the chance to shake their cobwebs with bars open until late.
With plenty of time to catch up on his restful sleep, Day 3 kicks off at 11 a.m. Sunday with Pip Rasmussen back as MC and PBS announcer Headhunters’ DJ Friday mixing it on the decks between sets.
Castlemaine native singer/songwriter Nadia Phillips is the first, and keeping things local, Bendigo gal Flora brings her seven-piece band to the almost summer scene with their mix of progressive alt-country and indie pop.
Alternative/country singer-songwriter Gabriella Cohen will win you over with her four-part harmonies and effortless rock n’ roll style. Blend of 70s grooves and sunny Aussie/English pop Greatest Hits are next, and it’s almost time to go home, but not before alt-country indie pop legends Cool Sounds present their unique blend of 80s pop, happy funk and disco sounds to the lucky ones with us until the end, and the people of Melbourne can still go home before dark.
Lior Albeck-Ripka, director of the Almost Summer festival, says: “This is not your standard music festival in a field, with queues, litter and large crowds that make you want to cower and hide. We’ve got bands to keep you moving, laughing and smiling – all on one stage in the heart of the Bendigo Arts District. We’ll have ice cream and fruit, local coffee and food and a beer garden, pop-up cafe and vinyl store for those times when you need to recalibrate. Think music, mangoes and beer. It’s soon the summer. »
Less than two hours from Melbourne CBD by train or car. Stroll through the View Street Arts District on your way to and from music
site of the festival, step inside the famous Bendigo Art Gallery, take a stroll through Rosalind Park or relax in the beer garden of almost summer and hang out with friends and family and soak up the you some good Aussie music.
Almost summer takes place in the traditional lands of the Dja Dja Wurrung people of the Kulin Nation. They are the traditional guardians of this land. Respect.
Festival almost summer, 25I – 27November, Bendigo
$150 – full festival pass
$42 – Friday evening 5:30 p.m. – 11 p.m.
$82 – Saturday all day/night 11pm-11pm
$58 – Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
For more information on tickets and accommodation, go to Almost summery music.
Presented by ALWAYS LIVE, Hear Them Holler and supported by the City of Greater Bendigo
Check Out Spotify’s Official Almost Summer Playlist here.