‘Such an important part of the recovery’: Flood-affected communities brought together en-masse by live music

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‘Such an important part of the recovery’: Flood-affected communities brought together en-masse by live music

Words by Staff Writer

The Victorian valleys will come alive this Spring to the sound of music coming from intimate venues, rural hotels and regional halls in a show of strength, support, love and commitment to extraordinary communities who have been affected by the floods of October 2022.

Through Music Victoria’s Live Music for Flood Recovery program, supported by Creative Victoria, small towns and villages in regional and rural Victoria will host 30 live music events at local venues for communities to revive and gather in the 12 months of clean up and rebuilding since floods impacted the region.

A program of live music events will be delivered across flood-impacted regions of Victoria including the townships of Tallarook, Pyramid Hill, Boort, Newbridge, Rochester, Bridgewater, Mooroopna, Baringhup, Horsham, Euroa, and the Pyrenees this Spring. It follows events in Seymour, Shepparton, Kerang and North Wangaratta featuring Vika & Linda, Greg Champion and The Cat Empire, along with local artists.

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On Saturday 14 October, the inspiring and resilient community of Rochester are invited to come together for Rochella – a family-friendly festival of live music and local food at the Rochester Recreation Reserve. This special event, organised by community with support from sporting clubs and committees of the region, is an opportunity for locals to reunite and take a moment to share, commemorate and gather to appreciate the spirit of the Rochester community.

In the Loddon Valley, Whole Loddon Love will see the likes of Dan Kelly, Felicity Cripps Band, Queenie and Jess Parker perform over two weekends in October, in local halls and hotels in Boort, Pyramid Hill, Newbridge, Bridgewater, and Baringhup.

Whole Loddon Love: The program bringing live music back to the Loddon River

Marking the first anniversary of major flooding in Mooroopna, a showcase of Yorta Yorta artists will perform at Ngalnin Murrangurang Ganbina (We Always Rise) in Kaieltheban Park on Sunday 15 October.

Tallarook’s historic Mechanic’s Institute will host a series of events including Deadly in the TMI, featuring Dan Sultan and Madi Colville-Walker, while Pyrenees Hideout presents Connection, with Bill Chambers, Marcus Cassells & The BAHA Collective.

Euroa Music Festival presents FLOW and Pyrenees Hideout presents Connection, two community events filled with excellent music from the creators of these celebrated regional festivals.

Music Victoria CEO Simone Schinkel said:  We’re so excited to see an incredible array of community-led events taking place all over the state. These events will provide a place for people to gather, reconnect and enjoy live music, which is such an important part of the recovery process for these communities.’

The Live Music for Flood Recovery Program is supported by Music Victoria and by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria. The program has supported many events throughout 2023, from small gigs in pubs featuring local musicians, to large-scale festivals and community events, with passionate artists supporting communities and sharing music to provide a space for impacted communities to revive, recover and gather together after a tumultuous year.

Sunday 30 July

  • Blue Tongue Berries, Seymour
  • Ajak Kwai

Saturday 12 August

  • Braidies Tavern, Strathfieldsaye
  • Bill Barber

Friday 18 August

  • The Corporate Moose, Mildura
  • The Parle Brothers

Sunday 20 August

  • Braidies Tavern, Strathfieldsaye
  • Adelle Davis

Saturday 26 August

  • Tallarook Mechanics Institute, Tallarook
  • Liz Stringer

Saturday 26 August

  • Braidies Tavern, Strathfieldsaye
  • Steph Bitter

Sunday 27 August

  • Blue Tongue Berries, Seymour
  • Matt Joe Gow Trio

Friday 1 September

  • Kathleen Halloran & Minnie Marks at Tallarook Mechanics Institute

Sunday 3 September

  • Braidies Tavern, Strathfieldsaye
  • Satva Arising

Saturday 9 September

  • Braidies Tavern, Strathfieldsaye
  • Chris Deraug

Sunday 10 September

  • Braidies Tavern, Strathfieldsaye
  • Drew Walker

Saturday 16 September

  • Braidies Tavern, Strathfieldsaye
  • Kane Vincent

Friday 22 September & Saturday 23 September

  • The Corporate Moose, Mildura
  • Kick Arse Cowgirls

Saturday 23 September

  • The Royal Hotel, Horsham
  • Trapezoid

Saturday 23 September

  • Braidies Tavern, Strathfieldsaye
  • Tim Grey

Thursday 28 September

  • Blue Tongue Berries, Seymour
  • John Flanagan


Friday 29 September

  • Braidies Tavern, Strathfieldsaye
  • Elise Drake

Saturday 7 October

  • Whole Loddon Love: Boort
  • The Railway Hotel
  • Dan Kelly, Jess Parker Band, Queenie + more

Saturday 7 October

  • Dan Sultan and Madi Colville-Walker at Tallarook Mechanics Institute
  • Presented with Songlines

Sunday 8 October

  • Whole Loddon Love: Newbridge
  • The Newbridge Hotel
  • Jess Parker Band, Dan Kelly + more

Saturday 14 October

  • Rochella
  • Rochester Recreation Reserve

Saturday 14 October

  • Whole Loddon Love: Bridgewater
  • Bridgewater Hotel
  • Jess Parker Band + more

Friday 6 October

  • Whole Loddon Love: Pyramid Hill
  • Victoria Hotel, Pyramid Hill
  • Dan Kelly, Queenie + more

Saturday 7 October

  • Pyrenees Hideout: Connection
  • Lexton Community Hub
  • Bill Chambers, Marcus Cassells & The BAHA Collective + more

Sunday 15 October

  • Ngalnin Murrangurang Ganbina – We Always Rise Kaieltheban Park, Mooroopna
  • Line-up to be announced

Sunday 15 October

  • Whole Loddon Love: Baringhup
  • Baringhup Hall
  • Felicity Cripps Band, Jess Parker Band, The Maes + more

Saturday 21 October

  • FLOW presented by Euroa Music Festival
  • Northern Republic, Butter Factory, Seven Creeks Hotel

Saturday 28 October

  • Lexton Community Hall, Lexton
  • Pyrenees Connection