Candelo Village Festival | April 21 to 23
Hello Candelo! There’s around 3 weeks to go until the revamped Candelo Village Festival lights up our world with music, dance, literary chats and performance art.
Here’s a couple of reasons to go:
The friendly feels are strong. Festival hosts, the Candelo Arts Society, are a small group of volunteers with a great network of local, regional and international musicians and performing artists. The first event was held in 2008, with 50 acts, and it’s become a well oiled festival machine.
The program has a quality line-up of free & ticketed events, diverse genres and hands on workshops. Gigs in the Town Hall are ticketed, everything else is free. Tickets to every show cost $150 all up, but $30 will get you a Village Fringe Pass which includes Friday Opening Night Music and Variety Party (7pm – 12midnight) opening night, plus five other gigs and forums.
You can camp in the park for $10 night. That means you don’t miss a thing, waste no time commuting, and and can have hot showers at the Candelo Tennis Club.
The Black Mountain String Band.
While the full program will be released soon, here’s a basic rundown. You can read much more here.
Friday night starts at St Peter’s Church with a free viewing of a video installation by local artist, Craig Cameron (held each festival day at twilight). Then the party moves to the Town Hall with the Friday Opening Night Music and Variety Party from 7pm to midnight ($30).
Saturday’s free entertainment . There’s all day music & entertainment on the Park Stage, markets and food, indoor blackboard sessions from 1pm to 7pm, barefoot bowls and DJs from 8pm. Saturday afternoon’s concert, ‘Take a trip around the world’, is led by the vibrant Black Mountain String Band, together with ‘Kapture‘ a sublime fusion of jazz and Indian music. After dark, Vince Jones’ splendid quartet is supported by Pheno, the solo project of electric guitarist/vocalist Jess Green.
Sunday’s free entertainment brings Bega’s ‘Funhouse’ to the park, along with Rhys Davis circus workshop (11am to 1pm), followed by a blackboard session at the General Store. The music continues with pianist Tate Sheridan, who has toured with Elton John, and Liz Stringer and her full band. Stringer is back from a solid 8 month tour for ‘All the Bridges’, and is highly acclaimed for her storytelling, and ‘blistering live shows’.
Each ticketed gig is accompanied by the Bobby Roger Bar, which is open an hour before and after each show. Here you can catch Phil Moriarty spinning records while you grab something to eat and drink.
Candelo’s Town Hall is the primary festival hub, where the Bobby Roger Bar will be. Other venues include a pop-up book store and writer’s hub by Candelo Books, Candelo Hotel (free tunes from the Candelo Blues Club), The Crossing Gallery (a gorgeous exhibition of Candelo’s history), and The General Store (daily black board sessions), The Service Station, Two Blokes Food and the Bowling Club are all onboard too..
Candelo is home to some of the Sapphire Coast’s finest produce, and fine food will be on menus all weekend.