MUSICFEST PHILLIP ISLAND will be back again in 2013 – put a circle around Sunday March 10. With a final tally of 830 for this year’s inaugural event, including the 113 diners in the Enviromeat big marquee, we’re pleased to declare the event a big success!

It was the perfect day. The eclectic mix of rootsy folk and acoustic music and the bush dance in the evening with Paradiddle (that absolutely went off!), plus perfect weather, combined to make a really fun event. Our huge thanks to all the performers who made the day such a success – and MC Gaeton who ran the main stage all day and kept the vibe nice and breezy.

We’ve started booking for next year and considering running a little longer into the evening – we’ll keep you posted (there was a large ’late shift’ who made the trip out to the concert at dusk this year - for Mike McClellan and the Bushdance with Paradiddle).

Our thanks also to all our friends and local business people who helped – to Jeff at Island Marquees, Phillip Island Skip and Toilet Hire, the Davies family (Richie and Sharon) and Enviromeat, Simon and the crew at OptimAV (for the brilliant sound), Trevor and Megan Ryan for the stage, also Rod (for all his help setting up and on the gate) and Jim Barnes from Tallangatta, Greg Price for his ‘second stage’, Dazzle signs, Miekle’s paella’s, Carole and Mary on the gate and our three French backpackers (Louis, Antona and Pierre), Cleeland Bus Lines for the shuttle service, and huge, huge thanks to our classy MC Gaeton and all the fabulous musicians.

Thanks also to Kim, Kathryn and the team at Destination Phillip Island, and the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival.

The fabulous Lisa Miller

Lastly, thanks to the cheerful staff at Phillip Island Winery for all their hard work in making the day such a success.

We’ll be back again next year, bigger and even better – you can bank on it – with another eclectic mix of brilliant ‘rootsy’ songwriters and bands.

Put a circle around Sunday March 10 2013 (Labour Day Weekend) and keep watching this site for news and for details.


An Evening With Redgum’s Hugh McDonald

WELL-KNOWN GUITARIST AND VOCALIST Hugh McDonald is appearing at the Phillip Island Winery this Saturday, July 16th, for an ‘up close and personal’ twilight concert in our cosy, warm cellar door.

A multi-instrumentalist, Hugh is one of the hottest players around (and an engaging performer). He enjoyed a successful career touring Australia and the world with one of the leading bands of the 1980s, Redgum. He has since been a headline act at numerous concerts and festivals around Australia.

Redgum remains one of Australia’s best-known bands, remembered for the number one hit and Vietnam veteran tribute, “I Was Only Nineteen”.

Hugh wrote many of Redgum’s popular songs, most notably “The Diamantina Drover” which has since been recorded by Lee Kernigan, John Williamson, and Christy Moore, one of Ireland’s most popular singer/songwriters.

He is also a skilled record producer, arranger and session musician who has worked and recorded with many of Australia’s leading acts and soloists.

Phillip Island Winery’s resident musician (and winery owner) Tim O’Brien will also perform. Admission is free. A warm fire, five-star wines, delicious light platters and ‘up close and personal’ with Hugh McDonald, this Saturday, July 16th, 5:30pm – 8:30pm.

Where: Phillip Island Winery, Berry’s Beach Road, Phillip Island.

Time: 5:30pm – 8:30pm.

Admission is free, bookings accepted. Call: 5956 8465