City seeking expressions of interest for music festival

The City of Greater Geelong is calling for performers and venues to take part in the new Surround Sounds Greater Geelong and the Bellarine Music Festival next year. (Patrick Callow) 260682_01

Ash Bolt

Expressions of interest for the inaugural Surround Sounds Geelong and the Bellarine Music Festival close on Tuesday.

Surround Sounds Geelong and the Bellarine Music Festival is a month-long festival organised by the City of Greater Geelong and scheduled for April 8 to May 8 next year.

The festival will feature concerts, workshops, multi-arts collaborations and exclusive events, and is seeking expressions of interest from live music, arts and cultural venues, musicians, artists, promoters, event organisers and community groups to be involved.

City arts, live entertainment and hospitality portfolio chairman Eddy Kontelj said the council was proud to present a festival across multiple locations that showcased and invested in the region’s local talent.

“Greater Geelong is home to some extraordinarily talented musicians and creatives who should seriously consider applying to perform at Surround Sounds,” Cr Kontelj said.

“Local musicians and entertainers have been encouraging us to take the lead on exciting initiatives exactly like this in order to put Geelong back on the map as Australia’s live music capital, and through the arts, live entertainment and hospitality portfolio, that is our intent and aspiration.

“As part of our Arts and Cultural Strategy, council is working to strengthen our region’s live music scene and put our artists front and centre.”

The festival is part of Geelong Sounds, a new music initiative of the City of Greater Geelong, promoting Geelong as a place where music is celebrated, supported and happening.