Review: Queenscliff Music Festival 2019

If you and the kids enjoy music, performance, good food and wonderful entertainment then the Queenscliff Music Festival is for you.

Review: Queenscliff Music Festival
Queenscliff Music Festival

The picturesque and historic town of Queenscliff, nestled in the western entry to Port Phillip Bay is home to the well-loved Queenscliff Music Festival.

For a weekend in November the small town embraces performers from all corners of the world, all ages, sexes and many different nationalities bring their unique music for festival-goers to enjoy.

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Review: Queenscliff Music Festival
Queenscliff Music Festival – Ash Grunwald

The main festival site is located a short walk from the Queenscliff Ferry terminal with one of the entry/exit points taking you out to Queenscliff pier where you can take in the view of ships coming in and out of the heads or take a while to relax on the beautiful clean beach.

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Queenscliff Music Festival – Hoop Fusion

The festival really does have something for everyone including the kids.

For the Kids

A section is set up with a few rides, bouncy castles, a circus space and a stage tent for performances especially engaging for young audiences. Having something specific for the kids allows parents to work in activities for the kids in between performances that they want to see. This year it worked beautifully for my family.

Review: Queenscliff Music Festival
Queenscliff Music Festival – Circus Skills Workshop

Food trucks line the path between venues and the food selection is as wide-ranging as the musical variety, catering to all tastes.  This year the food trucks abandoned the use of single-use plastic in favour of sturdy sustainable re-usable rice husk cups, bowls, plates and utensils which once used were deposited at the recycling stations to be collected, cleaned and re-distributed to the food providers. Excellent idea.

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Queenscliff Music Festival – The Mik Maks

If your kids are anything like mine I’d recommend taking a big bag of snacks, fruit and some rolls so you can avert the chorus of “I’m hungry” which usually takes place right in the middle of something that you are really enjoying. Also, take in your own metal water bottles and fill them up with cool water at one of the water stations.

Queenscliff Music Festival Food
Queenscliff Music Festival – Food Trucks

Single-use plastic bottles were discouraged in the festival, take away drinks were served in glass bottles or aluminium cans reducing plastic.  The festival is very environmentally conscious with compost, landfill and recyclables all separated out to minimise landfill. The majority of people were considerate and cleaned up after themselves.

Review: Queenscliff Music Festival
Queenscliff Music Festival – Ice Carving Display

The festival site is flat and easily navigable with a stroller or wheelchair, the performance tents had ramps and raised platforms to provide visibility for those in wheelchairs.

Smokers had a dedicated area too which meant that I never needed to move the family to avoid smoke.

Port a loo toilets were as clean as you could hope for being hooked up to running water.

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Review: Queenscliff Music Festival
Queenscliff Music Festival – Alysha Brilla

 Overall the practicalities of the site have been well considered making it really accessible.

The music is what we were there for and were really super happy with the variety and the calibre of the performers, sound mixers and lighting people who all did an absolutely amazing job.

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Queenscliff Music Festival – Justine Clark

We managed to see – Missy Higgins, The Waifs, Ash Grunwald, Allensworth, Alysha Brilla, Justine Clark, Newton Faulkner, Hiatus Kaiyote, The Cat Empire and the absolutely hilarious Steve Poltz.

Already looking forward to next years festival!

Register on the Queenscliff Music Festival site to get updates on when the tickets go on sale so you can get early the early bird discount.

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