Spring Ditch is back in 2023! See you at the Stanley Sports Ground on Saturday 4th of March for another great day of music, food, family fun and games. We’re taking it up a notch! Stay tuned for updates…
The Beechworth Music Festival team is extremely proud to be a part of the Delivered Live Recharge Festival this Sunday, an awesome initiative that will be showcasing artists that have been nominated by festivals affected by the Corona Virus. We put forward some of our BMF faves Liv Cartledge, The Woodland Hunters and the amazing My Left Boot vocalist Matt Chapman, and they are all playing! The program is being streamed live from the amazing Theatre Royal in Castlemaine. Make sure you tune in this Sunday from midday at either the Delivered Live or Recharge Victoria facebook pages! Full details in the official press release below!
Official Press Release
Recharge Festival 2020 | Sunday, 17 May 2020
For release – Thursday, 14 May 2020: Recharge 2020 Festival has spread from the city and the coast right into The Paddock!
If Tones And I, Missy Higgins, Pierce Brothers, The Jezabels, The Black Sorrows, Archie Roach, Ainslie Wills, Dallas Frasca, Fanny Lumsden, Hannah Blackburn, Thando and Wagons weren’t enough live music, there’s now a second stage of the festival of food, music and the natural beauty of Victoria and, appropriately enough, it celebrates the land and the festivals which, not that long ago, were being held on it.
The Paddock will be live from the Theatre Royal in Castlemaine, filmed and beamed out like the rest of Recharge 2020 Festival through Delivered Live and Recharge Victoria’s The Paddock will be streamed on Facebook Live on both the Delivered Live and Recharge Victoria Facebook pages.
Alongside the state’s natural bounty there’ll be performances from more of the country’s best rock, folk, country and traditional artists like Adalita, 7-piece outfit The Soultanas, Pete Denahy, Weeping Willows and Rich Davies & The Low Road, solo sets from Liv Cartledge, Sherri Parry and Matt Chapman and full band shows by Honey Hunter, Northern Folk and Woodland Hunters.
Brett Glover will host from the Theatre Royal where, like all the artists performing on Recharge it will be a full sound and light show and world-class film production, employing professional crew who would, in a normal world, have been putting these shows on throughout the state.
The Paddock is made possible by festivals postponed or cancelled by the covid crisis including: Beechworth Music Festival, Mount Beauty Music Festival, Yackandandah Folk Festival, Paynesville Music Festival, Healesville Music Festival, Bendigo Blues and Roots Music Festival, Queenscliff Music Festival and the Man from Snowy River Bush Festival.
And don’t forget, these are proper gigs, not acoustic, living room shows: full lighting, main stage PA, shot by a 5-camera crew. It’s the next best thing to being in a venue!
Recharge 2020 Festival is delivered by Delivered Live, the live-streamed concerts that brought the gigs back into your home, in partnership with the Victorian Government, and is a festival and a feast of the best Victoria has to offer from its farms to its pubs and its estuaries to its kitchens.
With so many artists, crew and music workers losing their jobs and income as a result of COVID-19, we’re proud to say that Delivered Live have, so far, paid over $400,000 to musicians and crew who have put the shows on for you.
Delivered Live co-promoters, Leigh Treweek and Craig Treweek, said “The creative industries are always the first asked in times of crisis to support causes and have always come to the party, this crisis means it’s now time that they received support and recognition for their work. Delivered, Live has created the opportunity for the Victorian Government and the audience to show their support and they have in droves we are incredibly proud to be the platform for this to happen.”
From 12.00pm AEST on Sunday, 17 May the nation receive a mix of food, drink and music which will put the spotlight on the growers and musicians, from all the beautiful corners of Victoria as well as the imaginations inside the best kitchens.
Beaming out on YouTube and host Henry Wagons, with Myf Warhurst, will “tour” the State’s fresh food markets where local producers will offer their best products, ready for you to buy while Chef Adrian Richardson (La Luna Bistro, Good Chef Bad Chef) conjures up meals from this bounty, showing us all how to make the most of every corner of Victoria.
While the music pumps away, you can sit on your lounge and buy a box of fresh produce or the best beverages from anyone you’ve seen on your screen, or any of the 100+ vendors listed on vicfm.rechargevic.com.au on show day – and you don’t even have to jump from website to website! In a one-stop shop just click on what you want and send it to your basket, then the good women and men who in their old jobs were crewing at festivals and gigs across the state, in association with CrewCare, will collect them for you and deliver it to your home free of charge, thanks to the Victorian Government and Minister Jaclyn Symes and the Department of Jobs, Precincts & Regions.
Some of the state’s wineries, bakeries, independent breweries, fruit and veggie growers and producers from regional Victoria who will have our tastebuds tingling include Patrick Sullivan Winery and Forge Creek Lamb in the Gippsland region, Otway Artist Trail Gluten Free and The Smoked Egg Company in Barwon, Feathertop Winery and Meredith Dairy in the Central Highlands, Little River Wines and Aintree Farm Organics in the Goulburn Valley and Timboon Fine Ice Cream and Olivine Honey from the Great South Coast.
Wares from Olive’s Olives and Murphy’s Creek Pork from Loddon Campaspe, Red Hill Brewery and Peninsula Nut Co from Metro Melbourne, Silver Creek Sourdough and Gamze Smokehouse from Ovens Murray and Peerick Wines from the Wimmera Southern Mallee region are among the other great producers who will feature on Victorian Regional Market site on the day.
A full list of producers can be viewed/downloaded from here.
This outstanding initiative picks up from where the regional farmers’ markets began, helping rural and regional Victoria recover from the summer’s bushfires. Since we can’t get to them, they’re coming to us! And it’s free to attend, free to watch the music, free to enjoy.
Mind you, if you want to buy a ticket, at whatever price you can afford, that money will go to those musicians and road crew putting on the concerts. Feed your soul and feed a musician or roadie too! Tickets are available now from Oztix.
Artist photos and bio information, together with vendor examples, can be downloaded from here.
Recharge 2020 Festival is presented proudly presented by Handshake Agency, The Music, Oztix, rechargevic.com.au, Harry The Hirer and Small Time TV.
Beechworth Music Festival has been held at the Madman’s Gully Amphitheatre since its inception in 2014. We are proud to have presented six high calibre headline acts including The Bennies, Beaches, Briggs, Stonefield, Remi, and in 2019, Tumbleweed. In addition we have also been very chuffed to have been able to support many upcoming and younger artists as well as a host of top notch musicians from Melbourne, Beechworth and surrounding regions.
We now regretfully announce that the festival will no longer be held at Mayday Hills due to an inability to negotiate a reasonable agreement for the continued use of the site.
We are currently taking stock of the situation and are considering our options for the future of BMF. Our deepest thanks go to all our supporters and attendees, we’ve had a blast so far and promise to keep you informed about our future plans for the festival.
Much love and respect,
Rikki and Lex