A NOD TO OUR SENIORS
Run by our community’s most senior members, the Victorian Seniors Festival is an initiative which aims to unify a stratum largely excluded from the festival world. Older Victorians are encouraged to participate in the either free or low-cost activities which will take place all over the state, beginning October 5 through 12.

Check out www.seniorsfestival.com.au for details.


AN ODE TO MELBOURNE
What better way to honour the city of Melbourne than to devote an entire day to its wonder. That is exactly what the aptly titled Melbourne Day is about. On August 30, the entire city will be abuzz with performances, entertainment, city tours, delicious contributions from the best cafes and restaurants around town and so much more.

See www.melbourneday.com.au.


BIG DAY OUT CANCELLED
22-years after its inception, the iconic Big Day Out Festival has been cancelled in both Australia and New Zealand for 2015. Permanent cancellation has yet to be confirmed, but things look bleak for the “ageing festival” with dwindling numbers in recent years.

However, despite overwhelming media speculation, promoters are not ruling out a return for 2016.


KELLY COUNTRY PICK
No, there are not just three words thrown together. The Kelly Country Pick is an annual tribute to Bluegrass and “Old Time” Country Music, held in the iconic town of Beechworth. A volunteer, non-for-profit event, the Kelly Country Pick hosts performances, seminars and instrument workshops over two relaxing days, beginning Friday August 15.

Kick back and check out www.kellycountrypick.org for program details.


QUEENSCLIFF ARTISTS ANNOUNCED
First in best dressed indeed. And my my, the first round artist announcement for the Queenscliff Music Festival is well attired to say the least. Xavier Rudd, the Jezabels, Stonefield, The Waifs and Kasey Chambers have certainly whet the appetite of Queenscliff Festival go-ers, with more artists to ensue in the coming months.

Tickets available now, see www.qmf.net.au for details.


SOUNDWAVE EXPANSION
Festival promoter AJ Maddah has taken to Twitter to reveal massive changes to the Soundwave Festival. The event will now take place over two days, in four capital cities, over two consecutive weekends. Bands will share their time between neighbouring cities, to avoid disappointment – with the Melbourne and Adelaide kicking off on February 21.

See www.soundwavefestival.com for details.

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