Lightning & Rhinestones is the new alt-country day festival coming to Geelong in June

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Lightning & Rhinestones is the new alt-country day festival coming to Geelong in June

Lightning & Rhinestones
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Geelong’s first ever alt-country day festival will take place at the Barwon Club Hotel on Sunday 18 June 2023.

Geelong, get ready for a day filled with twanging good times, country-soul glam, and psych-guitar glitz at the brand-new Lightning & Rhinestones music festival.

The first of its kind in Geelong, the alt-country festival will take place on June 18, 2023 at the Barwon Club Hotel featuring a line-up of Australia’s most talented alt-country musicians, delicious food and drinks, as well as beginner lessons in two-step dancing.

Lightning & Rhinestones 2023

  • The inaugural alt-country mini-festival hitting Geelong this year
  • Barwon Club Hotel will host the alt-country Sunday Session on June 18
  • The festival lineup features Freya Josephine Hollick, Ben Mastwyk and His Millions and more

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Headlining the inaugural event will be Australian cosmic country Queen Freya Josephine Hollick fresh from her cracking sets at Golden Plains, LoJo and Boogie this year and Melbourne cosmic-country-rocker Ben Mastwyk and His Millions, who promise to have the groovin’ to their country-soul glam with plenty of psych-guitar glitz.

Rounding out the lineup is ARIA nominee Georgia State Line, Melbourne Americana singer-songwriter Katie Bates evoking PJ Harvey with her heart and soul grit, and the multi-talented Patrick Wilson. Earlier in the day, festival-goers also have the opportunity to learn two-step dancing with beginner lessons run by Emma-Bee (from Americana Dance Academy) accompanied live by the Honky Tonkin’ No Sleep Til Texas.

If that wasn’t enough, punters can dust off their cowboy boots and dance to tunes spun by DJ Clip Clop between acts on the main stage.

With a fair dose of the alt-country themes of heartbreak and yearning, balanced with a rollicking good time, festival-goers can also indulge in some finger-lickin’ good food from the Barwon Club Hotel kitchen. We’re talking sticky ribs, southern fried chicken, burgers and fries. Wash it all down and keep hydrated for more dancing with great beer, wine and cocktails from the BC bar.

The festival kicks off at 12pm and runs until 8pm on Sunday 18 June 2023.

With the appetite for home-grown alt-country bands growing at lightning speed, it was only a matter of time before the Bellarine, Geelong and Surf Coast deserved to experience some of the country’s most talented musicians and this festival certainly promises to deliver.

Tickets can be bought at the door for $40 or purchased online here.