The Queenscliff Music Festival kicks off with a free concert

The Queenscliff Music Festival (QMF) 2022 kicks off with a free pre-festival concert at Queenscliff Brewhouse.

Local Geelong bands Bones and Jones and The Mojo Corner perform a limited capacity free concert at the Queenscliff Brewhouse on Thursday 24th November, the day before the official QMF launch.

“It’s just across the road from where the festival takes place. It’s a limited capacity, but free, and it really is an excuse to turn a three-day festival into a four-day festival,” said festival director Andrew Orvis.

“It’s just one more night of partying.”

Geelong-based Bones and Jones will play Queenscliff Brewhouse on November 24.

Orvis said the free concert is a taste of what’s to come at future festivals, as QMF hopes to add more elements to the Thursday night pre-festival event.

“It brings more people to town, who stay and spend locally, and also more performance opportunities for all of our artists.

He said the festival was also delighted to welcome international artists back, while continuing to champion local artists.

“It’s great to have internationals back, Daddy Long Legs, a great American blues band, and Raul Midón.”

Orvis said the festival has been long overdue to welcome Midón, a singer-songwriter and guitarist who recently received Grammy nominations for his two previous Artistry Music/Mack Avenue Music Group releases – Bad Ass & Blind and If. You Really Want, each of the best jazz vocal album.

International Act Inn Echo, from Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, will perform at QMF 2022.

Orvis said the festival will also welcome a few festival favorites, with something for everyone.

“I think my highlight is always different from others, that’s the beauty of a festival like ours, everyone’s highlight will be different.

“And I was looking forward to the Tesky Brothers who are always a favorite.”

Orvis said the QMF is also proud to champion and give a platform to local artists, with several returning bands as well as up-and-coming new artists.

“We always try to keep our ears to the ground as much as possible, and we always have favorites coming back.”

Local artists from Bellarine, Geelong and Surf Coast will take the stage, with some notables including Surf Coast-based Maz Green and Gabby Steel and Geelong-based band Bones and Jones and solo artist Nathan Seeckts.

Local artist Gabby Steel, who won the 2020 Foot in the Door competition, as well as Melbourne-based artist Seb Szabo, who is also heading to the QMF stage, said she was delighted to perform at the QMF for the first time.

“I’m super happy to perform at such an iconic festival.” said Steel.

“It’s an honor to have the opportunity to perform alongside world-class artists, especially as a local player stepping in the door.

“We are so lucky to have this brilliant festival on our doorstep, so I can’t wait to catch up on the past two years and hit the stage!”

Although tickets are sold out, resale of tickets is still available via qmf.net.au

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