Big name artists are spreading the love regionally: Geelong, the Bellarine and Surf Coast were recently home to the Falls Festival, Golden Plains, the Potbelleez, Grinspoon, Xzibit and 360 – just to name a few – with some playing to capacity crowds.
And it doesn’t stop with the end of summer either. Up next on the calendar are the Bleeding Knees Club and the Apollo Bay Music Festival in April and Boy & Bear in May.
Luke McNamara of Forte magazine said the live music scene in Geelong is as strong as it’s ever been. “Geelong is a place known for its live music, it always has been,” he said.
“The scope of venues is very well balanced at the moment so we are getting lots of good shows and the support for both local acts and bigger artists coming to town is unrivalled.”
McNamara said with the Arena hosting shows such as Parkway Drive earlier this month and Xzibit in December, it showed the potential and type of acts the region could host.
“I’d love to see Gotye or Hilltop Hoods playing there in the next six months and this is now very possible.”
McNamara said with less recorded music being purchased bands have been forced to tour more, and the strong Aussie dollar is bringing more bands from overseas because they can make a profit while on tour.
“Most importantly Geelong is catering to all live acts with a range of good promotion and venues. Affordability is a strength, you can get a $10 door price on a good band and $40 is about the premium you would pay for premium acts that tour.”
McNamara said punters might have to cash in where they can because potentially it won’t be that cheap the next time. He said the best way to support live music is to get tickets early, bring a group of friends, behave yourself and do it all again the next weekend.