Big thanks to you!

Thanks to the Artists, Volunteers, Contractors, Sponsors, and Crew for helping create the special place for all ages and all styles that is Apollo Bay Music Festival. This event is solely supported by you the patrons and our committed business sponsors who believe in independent original performance. From all of us at ABMF HQ, we thank you! 

Please share your highlights and save a spot on your calendar for next years end of summer dates, Feb 27 – March 1. We will have a feedback form up on the site this week to receive your constructive ideas and thoughts. Only 362 days to go!

Stay well!

Day Tickets and others..

All ticket options are now up on tickets page!

Casual Cray (Weekend Pass) – $145
Youth Weekend – (16/17) $40
Friday – $40
The Basics, April Maze, The Davidson Brothers, Sex on Toast, Timberwolf, Up Up Away, El Moth, + much more!! 

Saturday – $100
Everlast (US), Kate Miller Heidke, Ngaiire, Dallas Crane, Hollie Smith (NZ), Nick Barker w/Halfway, Kooyeh, + heaps much more!! 

Saturday/Sunday – $125
Sunday – $50 
Hollie Smith (NZ), The Davidson Brothers, The Melbourne Rhythm Project, Shane Nicholson, Raised by Eagles, Mel Parsons (NZ), Tracy McNeil (Can) + much more!

Camping Weekender – $155

All tickets include free entry for kids 15 and under. The Camping Weekender includes free Camping for kids 15 and under as well.

Last Day For Summer Seal Tix!

Today is the last day for Summer Seal Tix. Tomorrow the Casual Cray hits town and he charges us $10 more for the privilege. He mumbled something about less efficient mode of transport and being tastier than a seal…

Thanks to all those Summer Seal supporters so far, the allocation is nearly exhausted anyway! More news on the lineup tomorrow with lots of fresh stuff!




First round just got bigger!

Like Christmas the Festival is approaching fast and shaping up as our biggest yet!

The first Artist on the 2014 lineup has a Grammy for his song ‘put your lights on’ with Santana, been nominated for two others, had two US number ones, sold millions of records, and caused headaches for bouncers worldwide by encouraging people to ‘Jump Around!’ He is US based acoustic blues hop juggernaut Everlast, best known for his hit album Whitey ford sings the blues which spawned the mammoth hits ‘What it’s like’ and ‘Ends.’ Apollo Bay will be his only festival appearance as part of a whirlwind national tour and we are rapped (get it) to have him!

Joining Everlast in the first round will be vocal gymnast Kate Miller Heidke fresh from the studio with a new album, Papua New Guinean Neo-soul artist Ngaiire straight from a tour with Alicia Keys, reformed rockers Dallas Crane, fingerpicking speedsters The Davidson Brothers, country legend and recent ARIA winner Shane Nicholson, New Zealand’s rising funk/soul star Hollie Smith, current festival favourites Yirrmal & the Yolngu Boys, swing dancing sensations The Melbourne Rhythm Project, and many many more!

Summer Seal tickets are on sale now until Jan 20 so what better gift than an experience! Super special Camping Weekender packages are available which include weekend festival passes and camping for only $10!! Places are limited so visit here for details.

We have crafted special Soundcloud to make dance, cry, love, and feel the diverse experience that will be Apollo Bay Music Festival 2014.

So wind down the windows and pump the Tunas! ><>


1578 Matt Kelly & String Quartet

First Round Lineup for 2014!

After dreaming of Summer for many long months, and moving the festival much closer in anticipation, we’ve collected a stirling lineup just in time for Christmas! Thank you to all those Early Albatross who went out on a limb to support us early based on our beautiful lineup of this year. That sort of support enables us to bring you great new bands, of which many go on to great things. None more so this year than unheard of Neo-Soulsters Hiatus Kaiyote, who’ve just been nominated for a Grammy!

We have a few changes this year, some from your suggestions, others from fresh eyes who’ve joined the crew, but all with the betterment of the festival foremost in their minds. We think you’ll be impressed!

Being at a more Summery time means better weather and more option to enjoy the outdoors. We have secured a super deal that lets you camp for the weekend for only $10 in conjunction with a festival ticket! Kids 15 and under stay with you and enjoy the festival free! For those of the 16-17 year old variety we have a great deal for you too! Check the Tix page for details. Camping packages are extremely limited so get in quick and book yours now!

Finally, the artist lineup for the first round will be announced tomorrow (Friday) at 5pm to our social media friends and news subscribers. There’s dance, comedy, workshops, and of course music of all shapes and sizes, colours and smells. ‘Til then!

Stay Tuna!

ABMF Grabs 74

Thanks to all for an amazing weekend!

Well once again Winter has hit and the fun that was is but a distant memory. Big thanks to you all for supporting all of us here in Bay Fest HQ and in turn the amazing array of independent artists that made the journey south.

With Anzac Day falling at a very awkward time next year, straight after Easter and the end of school holidays the decision has been made to move the event date to the first weekend in March (Feb 28 – March 2) as a permanent change. This will give us more warmth and no chance of being buffeted around by the moon at Easter.

We have a lot of exciting news to announce in the coming weeks but for now Early Albatross tickets will go on sale August 19 to subscribers to be followed by a general release in mid September.

Stay warm!

12 Days to go!

The endless summer has been continuing down here in the bay with just enough rain to turn all the hills green with envy again at our third and final round of artists.

Fresh additions to the already colourful mixtape are the soulful rock infusers BONJAH, the fiendishly talented Woohoo Revue, country ballad troubadours Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes, dirty blues royalty Palace of the King (featuring Tim Henwood – the Androids, Superjesus, Rogue Traders), the rambunctious rambling Miserable Little Bastards, Best Male Vocalist (2013 Australian Blues Music Awards) Claude Hay, sonic texture craftsman Matt Kelly & String Quartet, psychedelic groove rock folktronic eargasm Lamarama, the mellow yet macabre Sideshow Brides, blues wonderboy Alister Turrill, kick arse mayhem creators The Bad Brigade, jangly 60?s reverb soaked guitar masters The Attics, rhythm and blues prodigy Tre Samuels, crowd-wowing father daughter duo Garry & Georgia Rose, plus local charmers The Apollo Bay Choir, Ukuholics, and our own fuzz lords Electric Filth.

So get excited! The lanterns are being hung up, the ginger beer is brewing and the autumn surf conditions are looking mighty fine.

Artists by day are now available on the Facebook Page and our festival App will be up here shortly. Tickets and Camping packages are being snapped up like hot chips on a picnic table and of course the festival shuttle will be running half hourly between Marengo and Skenes Creek. Twelve days til Twenty One!

See you soon!



Fourish weeks to go!

With the countdown well and truly on the lineup that we chose for you aaages ago is starting to make airwaves! Among the many we have featured checkout:

Kingfisha and Dubmarine have just finished a sold out run after their huge set at Womad and are now getting a lot of love on the airwaves with their new single “Digging for Fire.”

Kingfisha – Digging for Fire

Future Soul groovers Hiatus Kaiyote have had the most mammoth rise and now have a souled out debut US tour to add to string of achievements in their short time together.

Hiatus Kaiyote – Lace Skull

More updates to come but in the meantime don’t forget to check out some of the accommodation bargains that includes ridiculously cheap camping and some great house deals such as:

Get 6 people together and stay in this house for $201 p/person (kids free).
Price includes: 
Weekend Festival Pass, Friday and Saturday Accommodation, Midday checkout Sunday.


Get four people together and stay 3 nights here for $285p/person including weekend festival passes.  Located in Skenes Creek this is serviced by the free festival shuttle so no need to drive anywhere!

For more information Call CJ Keane now on: (03) 5237 6322 

Till soon, stay well!

Second round goodness!

It is all getting exciting here on the the good ship Apollo. With the countdown on to that weekend in April we are very excited to announce our second ’round of artists!

Heading up the list are the original masters of the funk groove moves SKUNKHOUR, who will be reshaping their original lineup for an Apollo bay exclusive! Joining them will be world trampsing troubadour JORDIE LANE, roots supergroup the LIVINGSTONE DAISIES (featuring Liz Stringer, Van & Cal Walker , and Michael Barclay – Paul Kelly and the Coloured Girls), the undefinable jazziness of KATIE WIGHTON, acoustic genre bendering powerhouses HUSSY HICKS, barefooted rock monster MARSHALL OKELL & THE PRIDE, down from the hills will come the BRIAGOLONG BUSH BAND, and from the other hills festival sharpwit fiddler PETE DENAHY, the yelly beardy poetic and lovely RYAN COFFEY, jigsaw of soul AL PARKINSON, progressively dreamy WARCHIEF, slayers of the wang jazz fest BLUE EYES CRY, moustached freak of the step DJ EDDY, the man who eats instruments MAL WEBB, the sharply harmonious MEN IN SUITS will be back along with the ridiculously requested worldy OKA fresh from a huge rainbow set!

This is of course on top of the already bursting first round, and there is another to go!

We also have a super kids area, Yoga, Music Workshops, wholesome food and beverages, free use of the beach and much much more!

Grab your tickets and friend and help us celebrate our 21st in style!



Memories of Summer

With the school holidays but a distant memory for the easily distracted, work here in ABay fest HQ is getting down to the business of fun, and what fun it ’twill be!

If you haven’t already heard our first round announcement check out the Artist page here to have a listen. Some of these acts have been generating a huge buzz over the summer season, and with many of our acts from last year being picked for countless festivals we’ve placed ourselves firmly at the start of the festival calendar. So you’ll see them here first without wink of a nod!

Early Albatross tickets have been snapped up but the good thing is Late Summer Seal tickets are in season (for last years Early Albatross price) and there are some amazing deals for camping and accom to be found on those pages.

Being our 21st year and knowing that many of you have been coming down here for a long time we’d like to invite you to contribute to our photo wall. Anything that is remotely related to the festival and brings back the right memories for you. Below is one sent in from Tricia and John of them getting ready for the fourth Apollo Bay Fest. Hit up our Facebook page or send them in by return email.

We’d also like to welcome aboard the crew at They will be hosting an app page for us this year amongst an amazing amount of other information on Apollo Bay and surrounds. To download their local knowledge for free in the form of an app visit their website here.

From now on updates will go regular with the next round of artists, free downloads, and a very full program to tell you about!


First round goodness!!

With the end of the world less than 24hrs away we are very excited to announce that Turin Brakes (UK) will be heading up the stellar first round of artists for our 21st Birthday celebrations. With a huge following in their home country and a swag of sellout tours under their belts, this will be their only festival appearance in the south of the country.
Joining them in no particular order will be: Hiatus Kaiyote - fresh from a killer set at Meredith and getting the gong for breakthrough artist of the year at the worldwide awards; Jess Ribeiro and the Bone Collectors - Winners of the Independent Music Awards for best country artist; fifteen fingered freakaziod Daniel Champagne; multi platinum multi instrumentalist troubadour Sandi Thom (Scotland); autotune smashing vocal wonderesses Aluka the band they’re all talking about – and I mean all – the glowing Ghost Orkid; the architects of the most stunning rock debut of the year Redcoats; the huge voice of Hayward Williams (US) who will be joined onstage by the sweet sounds of The Yearlings, the Vintage-Mexi-Bourne-Mariachi-Soul-Rocanrol of Abbie Cardwell & the Chicano Rockers, the smooth sounds of Kingfisha our most played debut album, the band that went up against Missy Higgins at Queenscliff – and won! - Chase the Sun, ten piece all action killers of the European festival circuit Dubmarine; fingerpickin bluegrass boy band with all their teeth Mustered Courage, the delicious coconut juju cocktail of Bobby Alu, the sensationally shiny funkiness of Alex Bowen, and the loaded to eleven King of the North; plus much much more to come!
Early Albatross tickets have just about finished and there are some great accom/camping packages available starting at just $24p/p for the weekend so spread the word by hitting share and leaving notes for your neighbours!
All the best for the festive weeks ahead and remember – it all ends tomorrow, so hug those you love and no need to put the cat out!
Safe travels!

Early Albatross has flown!

Hello all, and welcome to the first Apollo Bayfest Newsletter for the upcoming 21st annual 2013 event. Big hello to the overwhelming number of new subscribers!

Early Albatross tickets for the Apollo Bay Music Festival are now on sale!

Some exciting news on who’s playing will be quietly announced to subscribers (you) and likers of our Facebook page in the coming weeks. As per usual we will be featuring the best performers in all genres and some exciting additions from overseas, along with familiar faces, and a couple back by overwhelming demand!

There will be some exciting additions to our 21st event. The Mechanics Hall and The Star of the Sea will both run on the friday night and we will feature an additional stage in the main precinct.

The very popular kids area has been expanded to include more activities and hang out space, and the Bar and Food area will of course feature some of the finest local nosh and slosh (not the best of descriptions I know, but it rhymes), in the newly designed, funkiest of beachside locales.

In addition to filming and paparazzing the performers we will be recording most of the sets at the 2013 event so that we can remember our 21st and you can say “there I was!”

Just like last year we have no corporate sponsors and the event will not be oversold. Early Albatross tickets are $125 each, all up this year (until December 24). No hidden fees, all bells and whistles. Kids 15 and under are free with a parent/guardian (two per ticket), and 16-17 year olds will once again have access to the spectacularly valued Weekend Youth Pass for $40.

Being a long weekend of sorts don’t forget to check out what else the area has to offer. Be it mountain biking, Otway flying, Apostling (while you still can!), Lighthouse climbing, rainforest walking, or just hanging at the beach with fish and chips, there is heaps to do!

Some great Camping/Accommodation packages are available that include tickets. These are all serviced by the free festival shuttle bus that runs half hourly between Skenes Creek, Apollo Bay, and Marengo on all days of the festival.

From all in Apollo Bay Fest HQ, thanks again for all your support and stay tuna for more news!





Early Albatross flys October 22

The highly anticipated flight of the Early Albatross is nearly upon us. Its nose/beak will be put to the north westerly on October 22 at approximately 6.30am (weather permitting). These tix will be offered to subscribers and facebookers first so if you haven’t already signed up, hit the form to your right of the page and do so.

Some very exciting news be following!

ABMF Crew 

Thank You!

A big thank you to all of you who came and supported the fest this year. It has been truly humbling!

Please hit up the artists pages and show them some love as I think you’ll agree, they were amazing!

We’ll tweak the good ship Apollo to fix any leaks and tie up loose ends and we look forward to seeing you all again soon!


Daze to go!

With only days to go we’ve added even more to the already packed lineup! Joining the good ship Apollo in no particular order will be: Marshall Okell (formerly of Marshall & the Fro), fresh from conquering all at Bluesfest with a brand new album, sixteen piece steel pan band Pans on Fire,  Colac royalty The Fire Alive, the singing suited up sausage fest that is Men in Suitsone man banned with four arms Richard Perso, the three octave vocals of Matt Chapman, local up and comers Katie Maxwell and Electric Filth, winners of the Apollo Bay Fest busking comp of 2008 Lash 78.
The full program is available for download here and day tickets are now on sale.
Time to start ringing around and organising your bus/plane/boat/designated driver and dust off the snorkel as the shipwreck of the Casino was visible from on the hill this morning. Remember that the following wednesday is a public holiday so we recommend you are sick on monday and tuesday and pack your mountain bike and ride the Forrest trails and grab some tuna….to ahem…..recover!
To get you excited a sneak preview of the new Liz Stringer album “Warm in the darkness” can be found here.
Yours with twitching eyes from adrenalin and coffee

23 Days To Go!

With only weeks to go before it’s all on things at Festival HQ are getting exciting!

We are pleased to announce that this year the festival will feature boutique beer from Forrest Brewery, Flying Brick Cider from Leura Park estate in Portarlington, and Wine from Bay of Apostles. Combined with a wide selection of local food and delicacies you’ll be set for the weekend.

All Early Albatross tickets are currently being sent out after they closed last week. For any queries on ticketing please visit our FAQ page. Second ’round weekend passes are still available here and all day passes will be up on the site next week.

Don’t forget to visit our accommodation page to check out some of the great deals on offer to suit all budgets.

This weeks free download “Alice Dwyte” is taken from the brilliant new album “Cheap Romance” by Sabrina & the Red Vans. Go here to get yours.


… And The Early Albatross Flys!

After the ticket purchasing madness crashed the website (for the second time) last week there are only a few Early Albatross tickets left and only a few days to get them in. Hit here to be there!

If you haven’t signed up to our newsletter already there is some special incentive with a free download each week of one of our feature artists. This week it is Tom Tuena and his song “Together.” If you have already signed up you can access the free download by entering your email address again. This doesn’t mean you’ll receive twice as much of this riveting spam…I mean information.

The final touches are being added to the program which will be available for download prior to the event, and a few more accommodation options have been added to the fast filling houses, campsites, motels, and backyards.


Early Albatross To Fly

With only a couple of weeks left until the Early Albatross flies it’s time to grab a bargain while farewelling this gracious bird that brings luck. All sorts of accommodation is on offer but is filling fast so make sure you have a bed sorted when getting your tickets.

Links for all the new bands announced have been added and updated with some fantastic visuals and back stories to boot, so make sure you do your research prior to make it easy when you hit the programme with the highlighter.

There has been a little confusion about when tickets will arrive. They are the actual wristbands this year so they are posted about a month prior to the event. Check out our newly updated FAQ page for more information.

Remember kids 15 and under are free and 16-17 year olds are only $35 + Booking Fee with Early Albatross holding adults so grab the last of the luck while it’s still there!

Yours in a true sense of direction

A Very Christmas Update

We know Christmas is close when container ships of plastic goodies destined for landfill are being spotted offshore heading like moths for the flickering lights of gullibility on the mainland. With nearly half the allocation of Early Albatross tickets gone and many more Artists and assorted fun still to be announced we are getting excited!

For the coming festival we have focused on Artists who will be launching albums just before and who aren’t playing anywhere else ever! At least that is the case for those who have failed to read the contract. We are now going through the important process of matching fine beverages and nosh to music so we can recommend the ideal combination to you good people.

As per usual help spread the word by sharing this message with those you want there, and those who you want to want you to be there. Sound like a Dr Seuss love in? Get to it like digital carrier pigeons.

Yours in all seriousness,

First Round Announced!

With the same lineup appearing at many festivals this year we have dived deep to find some new species, mixed them with old dogs performing new tricks, got some comrades back together after years at sea, and Captain Ahab keeps mumbling something about a white whale appearing offshore….

Heading up the first round of Artists in no particular order will be:

Sabrina and the Red Vans
The Eastern (NZ)
Sal Kimber & The Rollin’ Wheel
Tom Tuena
The Stetson Family
Barry Morgan & His Amazing Organ
Massy Ferguson (USA)
Ben Smith Band
Nick Barker & The Reptiles
Dallas Frasca
Liz Stringer
My Left Boot …. and much more to come!

Early Albatross tickets are fast moving offshore so get your friends, lovers, sisters, and brothers to help spread the word that it’s time to reconnect again and remember what you’ve forgotten.


Oct(opus) Update

With barely a sardine on the fish finder, Early Albatross tickets are being snapped up while you’re not looking!

Don’t forget, those 15 and under are free with an adult of their choice and those of the 16-17 year old variety can access youth tickets when their favourite adult person purchases one for the special Early price of $35 + BF and delivery.

The first round of the lineup will be announced soon so sign up to the newsletter or hit our Facebook and Twitter pages to be the first in the know. We know you’ll be excited!

Volunteer and Food Vendor Apps are now open and shortly the Next Wave competition will be online.

Early Albatross Tickets on Sale

Welcome all to the new Apollo Bay Music Festival website for the upcoming 2012 20th Anniversary Spectacular!

Because its our 20th birthday we’d like to keep it nice and cosy and invite you and all your friends, and friends of friends, to snap up our Early Albatross tickets like a toadfish to a Pippi! These are sensational value compared to the Dis-oriented, late, and rarely spotted, southbound Dugong tickets that will be on offer for 2500 squid (or 127 abalone) if the others don’t sell out first.

With a new committee and a “playing” Director at the helm this year there will be lots of new things to enjoy, some old favourites, and some surprises we found in the backroom under twenty or less years of dust.

We’ve raised the kid free threshold to 15 and under and there will be a youth ticket available shortly for those of the 16-17 year old variety. We will also have some excellent food and beverage options using some of the finest local produce in our newly renovated corner store.

The site will be updated regularly from now on with accommodation packages and news on the latest performers, but to be the first to know sign up to our Facebook and Twitter pages via the links below or encourage others to subscribe to this very newsletter.

Thanks again for your support and please help spread the word like digital carrier pigeons!


New Committee Take To The Helm

On Sunday 31 July the Annual General Meeting for Apollo Bay Music Festival Inc. was held. Chaired by Councillor Stuart Hart, a new committee was voted in unanimously. The new committee are:

President: Tony James
Vice President: Joel HIbbert
Treasurer: Joanne DiCecco
Secretary: Matt Orchard
Ordinary members: Danielle Stevens and Judy Richards

The incumbent committee will hail in a new era and preside over the 20th presentation of the Apollo Bay Music Festival. They thanked the outgoing committee and personnel for their commitment and dedication to the festival and township. Stay tuned for more announcements.