An all Australiana music festival situated right inside of a postcard!
The Grampians Music Festival is a music festival like no other – putting forward its vibrant energy and strong ideology around kinship, openness and core value of inclusivity. Whilst most music festivals boast facilitating this kind of relationship with its ticket holders, GMF truly delivered!
The experience felt (right down to the sole of your socks) was that of mateship and a meeting of the minds for music lovers alike!
GMF is thoughtfully situated amongst the undeniably stunning views of The Grampians. Driving into Halls Gap with the mountains emerging into what appears to be a blue hue eclipse skyline gives you a divine sense of the earthly beauty one is set to experience at this festival.
The Halls Gap Valley Floor offered views of the rolling landscapes from complete 360 angles. It nearly felt as if you were listening to this incredible showcase of Australian artists from the inside a dreamy natural echo chamber.
Now in its fourth year, GMF supports all things Australian culture and identity, starting with its music. With rising national treasure and Aussie songstress Julia Jacklin headlining, this really set the scene for the kind of vibe one might be expecting from this festival.
Other emerging Australian artists/ bands included Maddy Jane, Pink Matter, Sledgehammer, DRMNGNOW, Raave Tapes, CLYPSO, Zoe Fox & The Rocket Clocks, Pinch Points featuring in this year’s line-up along with Ecca Vandal and These New South Whales.
Pink Matter really steadied the masses for the closing of the festival. Taking the stage before festival headliner and acclaimed afropunk infused Sydney producer CLYPSO, BrisVegas ladies Pink Matter certainly captivated with their fresh, vivid neo-soul and jazz funk sensibilities.
While the music aspect of the GMF festival was both ample and groovy, the nostalgic feelings of School Summer Camp filled the air and sensations of unity are what set this Fest apart!
It’s likely there will be a bit of travel time to account for with most GMF attendees, but I would still be jotting this one down in my yearly calendar as not to be missed! The camping aspect (teaming up with Halls Gap Caravan Park – $30pp) is another complete experience in and of itself. This is a hotbed for meeting people, swapping stories and making new friends!
An honourable mention to the vibrant faces that made this experience what it was – you know who you are!
GMF delivers on multiple levels and offers its festival goers an extremely unique and memorable experience – The Grampians hills are certainly alive with the sound of music!
By Daisy Sumersford & Benjamin Kissell