We recently hit the road and headed west for Grampians Music Festival, after spending a few months preparing the festival socially gearing up the third edition of the festival. The boutique experience was one not to be missed. Surrounded by lush mountains, the Valley Floor witnessed stunning sets by an all-star local lineup including Sampa The Great, Angie McMahon, Wafia and Slum Sociable.
In the months leading up to the festival we worked our magic on socials by making some sweet simple block artwork to show off their stellar lineup. The GMF logo is included to represent both sound waves and the Grampians mountain tops. GMF delivered not only a musical experience, but a visual one too.
GMF has a big focus being eco-friendly, and the punters took on the challenge to do their part too. Everyone brought their own refillable water bottle to minimise waste and there was a station to read about the impact our behaviour at home has on the environment. Simple changes like banning single use plastic can easily be achieved by larger festivals too, and we’re sure it won’t be long until this becomes the norm in the industry.
Besides the festival itself, Halls Gap is a beautiful place to spend a weekend. We enjoyed walks through the mountains, swimming in the lake and pool, and spotting the local wildlife at every turn. It elevated the weekend from being a music festival to a whole new experience.
The music was something to behold too. Alice Skye was the perfect choice to open the festival, setting the mood nicely with her calming tunes echoing around the Valley Floor. Alice stopped a couple of times during her set, to talk about issues like mental health and the need for law reform in Victoria’s police. It was inspiring to see such a young artist use her voice to inspire change in the community.
GMF is a family-friendly festival, and electronic up-and-comers Huntly were a hands-down favourite amongst the young ones. They had every kid dancing at the front and even sharing some of the singing. There was something for the rest of the audience too, as front-woman Elly joked that she was a little hesitant to sing to kids about “existential angst”.
The undeniable highlight of the weekend was Sampa the Great, who headlined Saturday night with her full live band, complete with back-up dancers. The show stopping set had an amazing response, everyone clearly stunned by Sampa’s enormous stage presence. While we take live music for granted, a festival like this is rare for a place like the Grampians, so it was touching to consider the fact that this would be many kids’ first experiences of live music.
Photos by Monique Pizzica.