Loch Hart Music Festival was made for laid back music lovers
15.10.2019

Loch Hart Music Festival was made for laid back music lovers

When?

Friday November 15 – Sunday November 17.

Where?

Kangaroobie Camp Ground, Great Ocean Road, Princetown.

Just a three-hour drive from Melbourne, Kangaroobie combines farm, beach, and bush with uninterrupted views of the coastline and Gellibrand River from its paddocks. Nestled on the Great Ocean Road and just a stone’s throw away from the 12 Apostles and Loch Ard Gorge, Kangaroobie is all things Loch Hart; lazy days and happy nights in the fresh coastal air.

Who?

At the top of the lineup, Loch Hart Music Festival will be presenting bonafide darlings of Australian indie-pop, Alpine.

They’ll be in excellent company, flanked by co-headliner and local legend Didirri who was born and bred just a stone’s throw from the festival site in nearby Warrnambool. Back from a worldwide tour, Didirri is ready to serenade you as the sun sets over the ocean on the iconic Shipwreck Coast.

Artist-producer Alice Ivy, another of the Victorian Surf Coast’s most celebrated musical exports, will be bringing the beats to perform her enviable back catalogue and killer collaborations.

Hip hop impresario Genesis Owusu, who’s been fast earning a reputation for his spine-tingling festival performances, will be making the trek down from Western Sydney to mark the occasion. Also, hitting the stage will be Baked Beans, Chook & Moluck (DJ), Cousin Tony’s Brand New Firebird, Cry Club, Edd Fisher (DJ), Forever Son and Francesca Gonzales. The Grogans will also perform alongside Hold//Fire, Leslie D. King, Melon Bois, The Pretty Littles, Memphis LK (DJ), Moaning Lisa, Pirra, Ruby Gill, The Senegambian Jazz Band, and Zuma.

If you’re looking for a laugh break, look no further than legendary funny man and former triple j host, Alex Dyson, who will be gracing the stage come comedy hour.

The vibe

Loch Hart brings you exciting acts from all around Australia, tasty culinary treats, boutique craft beer bar plus a BYO setup, with relaxed vibes, all set on a beautiful coastal-country property on the Great Ocean Road.

The festival is a place where you can unwind, escape the daily grind, and discover amazing live music. The festival was founded to showcase local up-and-coming Australian talent and show off the beautiful Great Ocean Road region.

Loch Hart was catapulted off the back of a series of huge house parties. Friends came together and revelled in their own company – soon enough, the seeds for a full-tilt festival were laid and the rest was history. For festival director and nearby Colac native, Jayden Bath, the intention has been to capture an all-immersive experience; that time when you’re at a party and have to pinch yourself at the euphoria of the occasion – the energy, the music and the company. Loch Hart was created in search of those moments.

The history

Founded in 2018, Loch Hart Music Festival boasted a huge inaugural lineup with the likes of WAAX, Last Dinosaurs, Press Club, ORB and more taking to the stage. It was a truly stellar year and with another killer lineup in store, as well as more culinary delights than you could imagine, boutique beer alongside the ever-convenient BYO option, what’s not to love. Oh yes, there’s the wondrous location too. Ahhhh!

What to bring?

Kangaroobie is heavy on the paddocks and right on the coast, so don’t let that chilly sea breeze drift in and ruin your night – bring something warm so you don’t peak while the sun’s out. You’ll also need essentials such as: proof of ID, a tent that works, sleeping bag and pillow, torch, and a folding chair. Sunglasses are also a must, alongside closed-toe shoes, a towel, sunscreen, and bug repellent – to ward off those humongous bush-quitoes. It’s BYO but don’t bring any glass inside the festival – pour your spirits into those empty vegemite jars you’ve been storing for this very reason.

Oooh, bring a good attitude too, it’s time to have some fun.

Going Green

Loch Hart is built off sustainability. There’s no single-use plastics here – it’s re-usable, compostable or nothing. Each food vendor knows the way. All organic waste is composted while the festival has its own re-usable cups at the bar.

For its 2018 iteration, those who generously cleaned up after the festival didn’t have to pick up a single piece of rubbish. Loch Hart has set the standard for sustainability and it all comes down to the festival’s culture – those who attend appreciate the importance of a renewal world.

Glamping

Under Sky is excited to provide pre-pitched tent camping options at Loch Hart Music Festival this year, for those who would like more comfort with much less effort. Simply arrive, check into your tent and enjoy the festival. Choose between an affordable, simple package or turn it up a little with the luxe package – complete with linen, furnishings, a rug and a mirror. Two-person, three-person, and four-person tents are available.

Now, organiser Bath gives us some cheeky recommendations on how to get the most out of Loch Hart Music Festival.

One costume recommendation?

According to Bath, it’s “group costumes – always! Yes, you may want to be a standout in your group with some extra flare. But nothing beats walking around with a giants group of mates all looking absolutely ridiculous, but ridiculous together.”

One drink that encapsulates your festival

“If you drop by the James Bully Forbes Bar you’ll be treated to a local Forest Brewery craft beer on tap (and all of your favourite cocktails at even more favourable prices).”

One tip for someone who has never been to a festival

“Get ready to make friends. This is a festival that is all about chatting to the person next to you at the bar, joining campsites with your neighbours and riding on the shoulders of festival strangers.

“It’s intimate, it’s wholesome, you feel so connected that the whole time you could think you were at a house party with all your best friends.”

One must-see performer

For Bath, it’s local legend Didirri. He “was born and bred just a stone’s throw from the festival site in nearby Warrnambool. Back from a worldwide tour, Didirri is ready to serenade you as the sun sets over the ocean on the iconic Shipwreck Coast”.

Volunteer opportunities

You can apply to volunteer via the festival website.

Tickets

Second release tickets are now on sale for $199.

Grab your tickets and find out more about Loch Hart Music Festival at lochhart.com.