Bringing music to Mornington this Winter

Each year on the Queen’s Birthday long weekend Main Street Mornington is abuzz with the sights and sounds of the Mornington Winter Music Festival. 

Jazz and blues will still be a highlight of this four-day celebration of music, art and heritage from across the peninsula. With twenty venues around town and three days of free street entertainment, the dynamic music program stretches the broad spectrum of jazz, blues and other genres. The festival line-up includes both old favourites and hot new artists that are making waves in the music industry and there is sure to be something in the program to suit everyone’s tastes. 

The 2018 festival saw Mornington come alive with a showcase of entertainment including such headlining acts as Cookin’ on 3 Burners featuring Andrew De Silva and Kylie Auldist singing hits from The Big Chill, and Australian music legends Deborah Conway and Willy Zygier at The Grand. Songbird Clare Bowditch took centre stage for an intimate performance at the stunning The Mornington Regional Gallery. The much-loved saxophone maestro Wilbur Wilde packed out The Royal hotel and Sydney retro jazz band Mary Heart had the Mornington Yacht Club dancing. The Saturday street program was alive with six music zones featuring live music from 11am to 5pm.

With ticketed and free performances across more than 20 venues in Mornington and street entertainment for the whole family, the festival is a wonderful celebration of music. The event has grown to include more live performances and free or low-cost activities that the whole family can enjoy. 

Street Corners, bars and restaurants will come alive again over the Queen’s Birthday Weekend, Friday 7th – Monday 10th June, 2019.

Last year a produce and food street market lined the pavements, providing all bit the music and food to soothe the soul. There was farm fresh eggs and produce, artisan breads, specialty homemade condiments and sauces, and great cafes for a bit of breakfast or lunch. 

The spirits of Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, The Temptations and more were channeled by some of Melbourne’s hottest musical maestros. 

This year’s Mornington Winter Music Festival will continue to be a true celebration of jazz, blues, and soul with more hosts some of our music industries iconic and upcoming performers.

Venues across Mornington provide the perfect place to soak up the soothing tunes of the festival, making the Queens’ Birthday weekend an unforgettable experience.

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First published in Peninsula Essence – May 2019