About 25,000 were estimated to head to the fishing village of Port Fairy’s street concerts, in addition to the 11,000 who bought tickets for the 38th Port Fairy Folk Festival. Police said crowd behavior was the best in a decade. Attractions included Archie Roach getting a standing ovation after an emotional set with a 10-piece band to Irish troubadour Glen Hansard firing on all cylinders to Premier Denis Napthine walking through the crowd in a festival t-shirt and declaring it “the best music festival in the world.”
This year marked another success for the festival’s Ticket Exchange. Over 500 used the free service to help patrons exchange tickets at face value and making scalpers superfluous.
At Flemington Racecourse, the seventh Future Music exceeded promoters’ attendance expectations. 40,000 had been expected. But by mid-afternoon, Pharrell-mania and Deadmaus5-mania had kicked in and the figure edged closer to 50,000.
Around 10,000 who were at Golden Plains literally kicked up the dust as the mercury rose, while Public Enemy, Adalita, Charles Bradley and You Am I roared through their sets and cartoonist Michael Leunig spoke about the pleasure of getting away from the comforts of city life to “sleeping on country … (where) “the stars just seem to rain on you” and reconnecting with nature.
The inaugural Motor City Music a hit, with organizer Hugo T Armstrong announcing that over 4,500 attended over three days at Geelong Showgrounds. Over 2,000 attended the opening night. Talent included Daryl Braithwaite, Jason Singh, Chocolate Starfish, Nick Barker and a series of tribute bands covering AC/DC, Guns N Roses, Kiss and Led Zeppelin.
Exact figures were not available for Daylesford’s country queer pride ChillOut but spectators revealed numbers were up from last year over three days. It was a long way from its inaugural event, in 1997, when 10 stallholders and 50–100 visitors attended over one Sunday afternoon/ The non-profit event continues to support community organisations and charities through its Worthy Cause including the SES, CFA, Hepburn Wildlife shelter, The Alana & Madeline Foundation, the Daylesford and District Food Aid and The Roz Moynihan Youth Development Program to give local youth the skills to gain employment in the area.