The 2017 Paynesville Music Festival will be on the 24th, 25th & 26th February.

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2016 Paynesville Music Festival

The 2016 Paynesville Music Festival was spectacular!! The weather was perfect in Paynesville over the last weekend in February with 2½ fabulous days of music on the beautiful grassy foreshore and at venues around town. The weekend activities went very well from the floating barge stage on the McMillan Strait foreshore, to the Open Day at Opal Aged Care, and everything in between.

"We were extremely happy with the whole weekend," President of the PBTA, Janet McLeod said. "The crowds enjoyed themselves and the Esplanade road closure, children’s activities and market added to the Festival atmosphere and provided improved safety for pedestrians."

Typical for Paynesville, the weather was perfect all weekend, the sunny blue skies highlighting the natural beauty of the foreshore on McMillan Straits where the crowd set up chairs and picnic rugs on the shaded grassy area to enjoy the free entertainment. There was a wide variety of music over the weekend and included school bands, new talent, buskers, seasoned "oldies" and some of the usual favourites. Rock, blues, piano wizardry, country, traditional, pipes, swing and many other types of music played over the weekend with the crowds loving every minute of it!

The biggest ever crowd of locals and visitors flocked to Paynesville on Friday night to listen to the sounds of the Kim Blay, Soundwave, In the Mix and Stu Hughes & the Blues Cruise rocking it on the barge. With a huge crowd on the foreshore, the atmosphere was fantastic with a mix of rock music and classic songs, whilst at the Yacht Club, the ever-popular Uncles played to an appreciative crowd, dancing the night away.

The weather on Saturday and Sunday was again perfect and the huge crowd on the foreshore enjoyed two more days of free music and singing, including a busking competition attracting 12 different buskers and which was won again by the very entertaining Vanuatuan singing group "Power of One". This group of male singers, dancers and musicians had the whole crowd up singing and dancing on the foreshore on Saturday afternoon during the final of the busking competition.

The Paynesville Sea Scouts held a market on the foreshore on Saturday with lots of interesting craft, food and homemade items, which added to the weekend festivities. We hope this will become a regular feature of the Music Festival weekend in future. Kid’s amusements, including a jumping castle and face painting were popular with the young ones on the foreshore on the Saturday.

In the afternoon, all eyes were on the sky as the RAAF put on a spectacular flyover display over McMillan Straits, with spins, dives, loops and freefalls getting lots of applause from the crowd!

Saturday night at the Yacht Club saw iconic Australian country music star James Blundell put on a fantastic show, singing and telling the stories behind his songs to a packed room. One of the talented young buskers from the busking competition, Matthew Bentley opened for James, putting on a great performance with his guitar.

Again, a popular activity at this year’s Music Festival included music cruises on the "Lady Jodie" with each one hour cruise enjoying the delicious sounds of "Joe Cool".

"We had visitors from Melbourne, Western Australia, and even as far away as Transylvania enjoying the cruises around the lakes and canals of Paynesville", Festival co-ordinator, Angela Dunkley said. "The Music Cruises are a great feature of the weekend, and very popular".

Saturday also included a family Bush dance at Raymond Island which was very popular, and Sunday afternoon finished off with a performance by the Royal Australian Navy Band - always a favourite with the crowds when they appear in Paynesville! The East Gippsland Symphonia played at the Sunday morning church service and afterwards in the church garden. There was definitely something for everyone who came to Paynesville over the weekend.

Cafes, restaurants and bars in Paynesville provided music at their venues and they too, made the most of the extra crowds in town to promote their businesses and attract more tourists to the area. Organising body, the Paynesville Business & Tourism Association were very happy with the weekend activities and would like to thank the sponsors, volunteers, bands, local venues and everyone who helped make the weekend such a success, and look forward to the 2017 Paynesville Music Festival on February 24th, 25th & 26th.

Festival Photo Album

This years festival can be re-lived in pictures by going to our photo album:

2016 Festival Photo Album


About us

The festival is organised as a community event through the Paynesville Business and Tourism Association.