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Beat's Top Picks for Queenscliff Music Festival

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Courtney Barnett 

Courtney Barnett is one of those musicians we just can’t get enough of. Her deadpan vocals and witty, rambling lyrics have earned her a reputation that extends far beyond Australian shores. With Tell Me How You Really Feel the latest loveable addition to her growing discography, it’s kind of a no-brainer that she made it onto our top picks list. Catch her play the Lighthouse Stage at 4:15pm on Sunday, and witness the charmer for yourself. 

Gurrumul’s ‘Djarimirri’ Live 

Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu was one of Australia’s most influential Indigenous musicians, whose passing was a sad loss for the entire music community. While he is no longer around to enjoy the fruits of his labour, and the body of work that is Djarimirri (Child of the Rainbow), fans will still have the chance to experience it live. With a 16-piece orchestra from the Australian National Academy of Music playing the album in full, it’s likely to be both a joyous and touching performance. 12:45pm at the Lighthouse Stage
on Sunday.

Al Parkinson 

Melbourne musician Al Parkinson is a bit of a hidden gem. You won’t find many songs on her Spotify or Bandcamp, but that’s not to say she doesn’t have music worth sharing. Accompanied by her trusty backup singers “The Three Babes”, Parkinson produces a soft brand of acoustic folk – a soundtrack ideal for the afternoon sun. Head along to one of her sets on Friday, Saturday or Sunday, and experience the Parkinson magic. 

Fraser A. Gorman

A young Fraser A. Gorman grew up in Torquay, but you won’t find any rolling, raucous surf rock in his songs. The musician was drawn to the swaying sounds of Bob Dylan and early ‘60s rock’n’roll, which pepper his laid-back tunes, rich with folk, acoustic and twangs of Americana. Check him out on the Saturday and Sunday. 

Queenscliff Music Festival goes down from Friday November 23 until Sunday November 25. Check the website for playing times.