MOUNT BEAUTY MUSIC FESTIVAL 2016 – Q&A with Festival Director, Margaret Brereton

When is the festival?

From 9.00 am Fri 29th April, Sat 30th April, to 5.00 pm Sun 1st May.


Where is the festival?

We’re located in Mount Beauty, right in the heart of the North East Victorian high country where autumn colours are at their best during festival time – and we’re only an hour’s drive from Albury/Wodonga.


What type of festival is it? 

It’s an annual festival jam-packed with music, poetry, theatre, comedy and workshops for families and music lovers. Our eight venues are set to be jumping with live music from over 45 acts delivering more than 120 performances over the three-day festival.

You’ll need to get a head-start reviewing the program to work out how to make the most of this year’s festival.


Punter numbers?  

Expecting around 1200 over the 3 days.


How long has it been running?

We are in our 17th year.


Story behind how the festival started?  

In 2000 a handful of locals came together, keen to fill a need to establish festival of music and the arts with the hope of building it in the long term while showcasing and encouraging community creativity.

Initially the small team of local volunteers developed a one-off trial of the festival of music and poetry. The trial was such a success with audiences, artists and local businesses that the festival has developed into what it is today where the Mount Beauty Music Festival is at the forefront of growing cultural practice, professional knowledge, experience and passion for the arts within our community.


What makes your festival special?

Not one genre dominates the festival. On offer is an eclectic mix of music, poetry and artistic expression offered by Australian, international and home grown artists alike and is a “friendly celebration of Roots & Blues, Folk, Acoustic, Country, Folk/Celtic/Trad, Jazz, Electronica, Classical, Latin/Reggae, Bluegrass, World music, Children programs, Bush Poetry, Slam Poetry, Workshops, Street Performers & Ukuleles (Ukes).” 


Tell us about a favourite festival moment?

So many favourites from over the years, most recently: Tracy McNeil and the Good Life; Ivy Stone Assembly; Slam Poet -Emilie Zoey Baker; Super Mande Percussion; Gina Williams & Guy Ghouse; Miss Quincy; Cellist – Caleb Murray, Polyglot Theatre Company – Tangle production…and so many more I could mention.


Tell us the top 5 best things to see and do @ your festival?

  1. Listen to some amazing music at our exciting new ‘Marquee City’ venues plus fringe performances hosted by local eateries Flour+Water, Treats and Sweetwater Brewery.
  2. Poets Breakfast at Dreamers Mount Beauty, one of our new venues.  On offer at Dreamers – Sat – egg and bacon rolls with tea/coffee or OJ $12   Sunday – normal brunch menu. Afternoons – wine.
  3. Many workshops for aspiring and experienced musicians and poets.
  4. Saturday night Dance party.
  5. Market stalls, food court, street performers, children’s fun space.

What people are missing out on and why they should go?   

A cracking festival line-up of Australian and international artists will ensure you experience complete sensory overload with the spectacular program we’ve created.   Why would you want to miss out on 40 bands and over 120 gigs in three days by artists such as ‘The Pigs’, Buckman Coe (Canada), The April Maze, Suzannah Espie, The Northern Folk, Mzaza, Catfish Voodoo… and more.




Festival office & Tickets Ph 0427 052 572