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2018 Paynesville Music Festival

The 2018 Paynesville Music Festival was again a great success for the town!  Unfortunately, for the first time in years the weather wasn't perfect and we had to close a little early on the Saturday and Sunday afternoon.  Friday night was fabulous with a huge crowd filling the beautiful grassy foreshore along the Esplanade and venues around town being booked out.  The weekend activities went very well from the floating barge stage on the McMillan Strait foreshore, to the Open Day at Opal Aged Care, and everything in between.  
"We were extremely happy with the whole weekend," President of the PBTA, Janet McLeod said.  "The crowds enjoyed themselves and the Esplanade road closure, children's activities and market added to the Festival atmosphere and provided improved safety for pedestrians."  
Saturday's weather started off beautifully with sunny blue skies highlighting the natural beauty of the foreshore on McMillan Straits where the crowd set up chairs and picnic rugs on the shaded grassy area to enjoy the free entertainment.  However, the showers came down on the last act, but ever- the-professional Matthew Bentley improvised by playing to an appreciative crowd on the footpath under the verandah of the local supermarket.  
There was a wide variety of music over the weekend which included school bands Bairnsdale Secondary College Swing Band, the Nagle College Concert Band and Tunes Band, and the East Gippsland Brass Band.  Bairnsdale Production Line gave a fabulous performance by some of their talented singers on Saturday afternoon, with the Blues Lizards and Garry & Georgia Rose performing on Sunday.  The weekend included rock, blues, jazz, country, traditional, pipes, swing and many other types of music with the audience loving every minute of it!
On Saturday afternoon, MC Martin Richardson was delighted to present local legend Gerry Ciavarella with an award for ‘Recognition of Outstanding Contribution to Music' in the Paynesville area, on behalf of the Festival Committee.
The biggest ever crowd of locals and visitors flocked to Paynesville on Friday night to listen to the sounds of the Organic Joe, MsAgro and The Jimmys rocking it on the barge.  With a huge crowd on the foreshore, the atmosphere was fantastic with a mix of rock music and classic songs, whilst at the Yacht Club, the ever-popular Soultanas played to a packed crowd, dancing the night away.
The Paynesville Sea Scouts held a market on the foreshore on Saturday with lots of interesting craft, food and homemade items, which added to the weekend festivities.  In the afternoon, all eyes were on the sky as the RAAF put on a spectacular flyover display over McMillan Straits, with spins, dives, loops and freefalls getting lots of applause from the crowd!
Saturday night at the Yacht Club saw ‘That Gold Street Sound' put on a fantastic show, with the audience up and dancing most of the night.
Again, a popular activity at this year's Music Festival included music cruises on the "Lady Jodie" with each one hour cruise enjoying the delicious sounds of "Joe Cool".  
"We had visitors from Melbourne, Regional Victoria and New South Wales enjoying the cruises around the lakes and canals of Paynesville", Festival co-ordinator, Angela Dunkley said.  "The Music Cruises are a great feature of the weekend, and very popular".  
Saturday also included a family Bush dance at Raymond Island which was again very popular.
Unfortunately due to the rain, and risk of damage to sound equipment, Sunday's last two performances had to be called off which was very disappointing as we were all looking forward to ‘In The Mix' and ‘Barrie Jessep & The Vibe' playing. The East Gippsland Symphonia played at the Sunday morning church service and afterwards in the church garden.   There was definitely something for everyone who came to Paynesville over the weekend.
Cafés, restaurants and bars in Paynesville provided music at their venues and they too, made the most of the extra crowds in town to promote their businesses and attract more tourists to the area. Organising body, the Paynesville Business & Tourism Association were very happy with the weekend activities and would like to thank the sponsors, volunteers, bands, local venues and everyone who helped make the weekend such a success, and look forward to the 2019 Paynesville Music Festival on February 22nd, 23rd & 24th.

Festival Photo Album

The 2018 festival can be re-lived in pictures by going to our photo album:

2018 Festival Photo Album

About us

The festival is organised as a community event through the Paynesville Business and Tourism Association.

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