Tours to share Geelong’s music history

Geelong born-and-bred singer songwriter Adalita. (Lisa Businovski)

Ash Bolt

As part of the City of Greater Geelong’s month-long Surround Sounds music festival, music fans will have the chance to learn all about Geelong’s music history through a series of bus tours.

The team behind the Melbourne Music Bus Tour and the Australian Music Vault, have put together a special regional edition Geelong Music Bus Tour, with six tours over the next three weeks, led by musicologist and historian Bruce Milne, the founder of Au-go-go Records, co-owner of Greville Records and long-time Triple R identity.

The specially curated Geelong Music Bus Tour will include a broad and diverse range of local sites including venues and locations associated with Chrissy Amphlett, Weddings Parties Anything, Little River Band, Goanna, Magic Dirt, Jet, Bored!, Sunset Strip, Warped, Alice Ivy, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, The Murlocs, The Sweethearts, The Living Eyes, The Dirty Lovers and the Poppin’ Mommas.

There will also be some surprise stop-offs along the way to pick up special guests such as Adalita, Mick Thomas and Maree Robertson, who recently published the anthemic book This Was Geelong.

Arts, live entertainment and hospitality portfolio chair Eddy Kontelj said the tour was an opportunity not to be missed.

“There’s so much musical history on every corner, laneway, and hidden space across the city,” he said.

“This tour dives deep into the underground culture of Geelong, and there’s plenty of stories to hear. I encourage music lovers to get on the bus and explore what Geelong has to offer with these legends of our city’s great music scene.”

He said the tour built on Geelong’s reputation as a cultural destination by exploring and celebrating its unique music history.

The 90-minute tours leave from the Barwon Hotel at 1pm and 3pm on Saturday, April 23, April 30 and May 7.

Surround Sounds takes places across various venues and locations in the City of Greater Geelong and the Bellarine until May 8.