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Queenscliff Music Festival 2005

Saturday, 26th November 2005
I saw the following performers on Saturday: Tides of Welcome Choir, Blues Train - Shannon Bourne & Grant Cummerford / Dave Hogan's Meltdown, Blackeyed Susans, The Hoodangers, Wagons, Clare Bowditch and the Feeding Set, That 1 Guy, Dave Graney & Clare Moore, The Junes, Jeff Lang, Sally Ford & The Pachuco Playboys, The Saints

I must have been excited to get down to the festival as I woke up early even though I didn't get to ben until after 1am. I was really looking forward to seeing The Tides of Welcome Choir and also took the opportunity to buy a belt to stop my pants from falling down in the street. As I am a sucker for local raffles I went in two on the way up to see the choir. There was also a sausage sizzle outside the butchers, but I thought that would be pushing it.

The Tides of Welcome Choir is a local community choir from the Bellarine Peninsula area that was organised by Sarah Carroll. I was talking to someone from the choir later in the day and they said that they didn't have to go through and audition to join as anyone is welcome. Their performance was great and it was the best way to be introduced to the venue 'Stoked on Hesse' which was the Uniting Church in Queenscliff usually. I ended up buying their CD later in the day also as I won't be able to make it to their CD launch later in December.

As I had heard people saying to line up early for the Blues Train, that was my next destination. I wouldn't want to be the volunteer in charge of getting people on and off the train as he had to yell to get people from barging onto the train as soon as it arrived in the station (commuter crowds are the worst.) Once on the train these problems were forgotten as I saw two great sets from Shannon Borune and Grant Cummerford on the up line and Dave Hogan's Meltdown on the way back. Some people try and ride the train more than once, but I thought it best to let other people have a go (the volunteers have to stop people sneaking back on for the next ride.)

Another band that I had heard a lot about, but never seen live were the Blackeyed Susans and they were as good as I thought they would be. The Prime Mover venue was one of my favourites of the festival just for the light show they put on during the performances.

By another fluke I ended up seeing the Hoodangers in the Pelican Bar and they were great. I normally wouldn't go see this kind of music, but I liked it in the setting of the festival and would consider seeing them in the future.

I have seen Wagons a few times in Melbourne, but I wanted to see how they would play at the festival and they didn't disappoint. I ended up seeing them on Sunday as well, but I wasn't there for the show where Henry Wagon made the little girl cry the big meanie.

Clare Bowditch & The Feeding set are popular in Melbourne at the moment having just released a CD. I thought she played really well also, but I kept confusing her with Sarah Blasko for some reason.

As I enjoyed him on Friday night I ended up seeing another set by That 1 Guy and also Dave Graney & Clare Moore playing on the main concert stage. I was the only one that cheered when they played "The Town Bike Song" as I missed it last night.

The act I had been looking forward to most on Saturday was the Junes as I hadn't seen them play for a few months. It was also a special gig for them as all their friends from the local community were able to see them who don't normally get the chance to travel to Melbourne. Glennys Rae has played with them a few more times since I last saw them and even has some of her own songs so it went really well.

I had wanted to go see Jeff Lang's CD launch last month, but I wasn't able to at the time, but seeing him on the main stage was just as good. I had also seen him enjoying the Wagons earlier but didn't want to impose on him (I have met him once before though.)

Through an oblique recommendation I ended up going to see Sally Ford & The Pachuco Playboys. They were really really great! They are a happy Caribbean style dance band and had everyone in the audience dancing including several attempts at conga lines. I am going to try and get my friend to come with me to one of their shows in the city as she loves dancing.

The last act for me tonight was The Saints. I thought it was strange that they played "Stranded" for their second song as they should have done it later to build up to it. "Know Your Product" was good though and a lot of people wanted to capture the moment for posterity on their cameras (it was attack of the 50ft zoom lens all weekend for the big acts.) I wish more people would bring cameras to shows in Melbourne though and put their photos online as I want to see what other people are doing.

As I couldn't top seeing The Saints for that night I caught the next bus home leaving other people to enjoy the bands that were still playing. I also heard the PBS van broadcasting on the way out and they said lots of people would have wanted to be at the festival seeing The Saints so I am glad to have seen them.

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