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2017 Paynesville Music Festival
The 2017 Paynesville Music Festival again attracted large crowds to the foreshore, cafes and venues for the annual musical extravaganza. Once again, we were blessed with good weather which brought many visitors to this annual free event run by the Paynesville Business & Tourism Association.
Performances by popular local and visiting artists entertained the crowd from the floating stage on McMillan Strait, with the foreshore lawns packed from Friday evening to late Sunday afternoon.
Local music venues had full houses all weekend, with a wide variety of music offered from swing bands to blues, cabaret to rock’n’roll and everything in between.
Friday night opened with local legends "The Jimmys" getting the crowd rocking from the start, and finishing off with "In the Mix" who had everyone cheering and clapping for more. Saturday’s performances included fiddlers, Pipe Bands, drummers, the show-stopping "Gold St Sound" and a spectacular flyover display by the RAAF which had everyone’s eyes on the skies! We were also lucky enough to have legendary superstar Gwyn Ashton on stage making magic with his guitars, and local cabaret band "Yvonne & The Minders" entertaining the crowd.
Local school bands, the Bairnsdale Secondary College Swing Band, Sale College Big Band and Nagle College’s Cookies & Cream featured on Sunday to a huge crowd who appreciated the talent of many of our local students. With Pugsley Buzzard on the keyboard and Amnesia Blues also performing, there was definitely something for everyone. Local favourites "The Soultanas" closed the Festival on Sunday afternoon, with the crowd up and dancing on the boardwalk in the sunshine!
Kelly Auty performed on Saturday night at the Yacht Club and her show "Backwards in High Heels" took the audience on a musical trip from the ‘50’s to the ‘80’s. Her fabulous show (complete with costumes) and her powerful voice, left the audience with a night to remember. Once again, the Music Cruises on board the "Lady Jodie" featuring the delicious sounds of "Joe Cool" were a popular treat on Saturday and Sunday for many locals and visitors to the area who enjoyed their cruise around the Gippsland Lakes.
The Opal Aged Care Open Day was a big success with three more bands performing on stage under their huge marquee at their Aged Care facility, and the Sea Scouts and Rotary market, food vans and buskers all added to the festival atmosphere over the weekend, attracting visitors to Paynesville for this ever-growing annual event.
The PBTA would like to thank their major sponsors the Paynesville & District Community Bank Branch and Opal Aged Care for their continued support of this event, and also all the other sponsors who enable us to put on the Music Festival for Paynesville each year.
Dates for 2018 are 23rd, 24th & 25th February - mark your calendars now!
Festival Photo Album
This year's festival can be re-lived in pictures by going to our photo album:
The festival is organised as a community event through the Paynesville Business and Tourism Association.