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.


Phillip Island Winery Warms To The Tropical Sounds Of The Ukulele

Ukulele master, AJ Leonard

DESPITE A DELUGE, the Phillip Island Winery fell under the spell of ukuleles, cello, fiddle and accordian, when AJ Leonard’s Tropical Lounge charmed the grey from a soggy Sunday afternoon. 

God knows how we all managed to fit in (and to serve food). But, having to cancel plans of holding the event outside, more than 80 guests crammed into the cellar door over the afternoon to tap along to ukulele master AJ Leonard and his band.

Playing swing and popular classics from the 1930s, ’50s, and to the Beatles and beyond, the Tropical Lounge brought the sunshine in for an afternoon of great music and the astonishing versatile sounds of the ‘uke’.  

Featuring AJ Leonard and Dave Billings on ukuleles, and Wendy and Jenny Rowlands on cello, fiddle and accordion, the Tropical Lounge will be coming back to the Phillip Island Winery over January (watch out for our next concert).