All the answers to some of the questions you might have wanted to ask...
General Festival Stuff
Q. Where is the festival? A. GMF is smack-bang in the middle of the beautiful township of Halls Gap, which is in the right dang centre of the Grampians National Park, smack-bang in the middle of western Victoria. (Actually, it’s kind of to the right of smack-bang middle.) The festival site itself is on a valley floor in town with epic 360° mountain, bush and cliff views – click here to see what you’ll be seeing. It’s awesome, if we don’t mind saying so ourselves!
Q. When is the festival? A. Our inaugural GMF runs from Friday 24 to Sunday 26 February 2017. It will be held on the last weekend in February every year.
Q. What times are the bands on? A. Friday night runs from 4:30PM to 10PM, Saturday goes from 11:30AM to 10:00PM and Sunday’s line-up runs from 12:30PM to 9:00PM.
Q. How many stages, and how many performers will you have? A. There are 19 amazing artists performing on one stage. No timetable conflicts, no racing from stage to stage, no missing out on anything.
Q. What is the ethos behind the festival? A. The idea behind our festival is simple – we want to create a special music festival in a very special part of the world, the Grampians. The people behind GMF are locals who love the environment they live in. GMF is always going to stay small, fun, friendly and relaxed with an awesome all Australian line-up. In our first year, we’re limiting tickets to just 2,500. We don’t want our punters fighting for a spot to stand or waiting hours for the loo. Most importantly, we want a festival with a small footprint. The Grampians deserves a festival that cares about the impact it has on its natural surroundings so we have set out to create a small, intimate, fun festival in a beautiful place.
Q. Who is running the festival? A. GMF is being run by an incorporated committee made up of passionate local people who love music, love getting people together to have fun, and love showing off the Grampians. We are being supported by some amazing people at Northern Grampians Shire Council, and Grampians Tourism, who are doing a lot of work behind the scenes to help us get up and running.
Q. Is GMF kid friendly? A. Yes, indeed it is! It’s so kid-friendly in fact, that children under 12 are free. Everyone else needs to have a ticket, of course, and under 18s must be accompanied by a legal guardian at all times.
Q. How do I get to Halls Gap? A. Halls Gap is an easy three-hour drive from Melbourne but there is also a train and connecting bus service from Melbourne and Ballarat (check out the V-Line website for timetables). If you’re coming from Melbourne, just take the Western Highway towards Ballarat, taking the highway around Ballarat. Then keep going until you hit Ararat and follow the signs to the Grampians National Park and Halls Gap.
If you’re coming from other parts of Victoria or interstate, have a look at this map to see our location and work out your best travel options:
If you want to travel in style, the nearby town of Stawell even has a small airport. ;-)
Q. Can we follow you on social media? A. You sure can. Check out our Facebook page, and our Instagram feed and hit that like / follow button (with notifications ON).
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For the long version, visit the TICKETS page. Q. Is camping included in the ticket price? A. There’s no camping at the festival site, but there are plenty of accommodation options, including camp sites, right in Halls Gap, just a short walk from the festival site. There’s more info about accommodation below.
Q. How do I buy tickets? A. Tickets are only available online. Just click HERE and Bob’s your uncle (or possibly your aunty, we don’t judge)
Q. What are your terms and conditions of ticket purchases? A. So you REALLY want to read the fine print? OK, you'll find it on the TICKETS page. (Please note that the terms and conditions and all festival policies also apply to people under 18.)
Food & Shelter & Stuff
Q. What kinds of accommodation options are available in Halls Gap?
A. There’s an accommodation option to suit every budget in our town and surrounds. We have everything from backpackers’ hostels to B&Bs, budget motels, self-contained holiday houses, bush and caravan park camping, glamping and luxury accommodation. Visit the Visit Grampians website or TripAdvisor to have a look at your options. For bush camping sites (note – you will need to book for some spots), check the Parks Victoria website.
Q. Is BYO allowed at GMF?
A. No, but we’ll have a bar stocked with an ample supply of alcoholic beverages for your enjoyment including some of our amazing local Grampians wines. Did you know shiraz is our speciality?
Q. What kinds of food will be available at the festival?
A. There will be plenty of food vendors on site for repast in the festival compound during performances. There will be more information about food options closer to the event.
Q. Where else can we eat in Halls Gap?
A. There are plenty of other restaurants, cafes, take-away options and two pubs in Halls Gap, and a supermarket if you want to buy your own food and self-cater.
Services, Facilities and Other Stuff
Q. What kinds of services and other facilities are there in Halls Gap? A. Halls Gap has a small supermarket, a chemist, two ATMs, a service station and several bottle shops. The town of Stawell is about 25km away and also has a post office, hospital, medical clinic, chemists, bigger supermarkets and retail shops.
Q. What’s the mobile reception like? A. Welcome to regional Australia. Mobile reception can be a bit frustrating at times, especially if you are not with Telstra. That said, we have been promised an upgrade to services which should be in place by the time the Festival rolls around. However, we would recommend planning a meeting point, because when Halls Gap gets busy, mobile networks often struggle to keep up with the network load.
Q. What else is there to do in Halls Gap and the Grampians? A. HEAPS! Bush walking, animal watching, picnicking, fishing, sight-seeing, boating, fossicking, star gazing … the list goes on. The Halls Gap Visitor Information Centre is a great place to get more info, or visit these local websites:
Q. I’m a music artist and want to perform at the festival. Who do I contact?
A.While the line up for 2017 has been finalised, we are still taking registrations for our Buskers’ Alley stage this year. This is for people who would like to join in the atmosphere of the Festival and play at an Open Mic stage in Halls Gap township. If you are interested in busking in 2017, please send your band's details, including a demo, to email@example.com.
Q. What about 2018? Can I perform then? A. If you would like to express your interest to play in 2018, please send your band's details, including a demo, to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q. I’m a business / market stall / food vendor wanting to sell my goods at GMF. How do I go about doing that? A: It would be great to hear from you so please apply via our vendor/volunteer application form.
Q. I’m a journalist / media outlet and want to do a story on GMF. Who do I speak to? A: Awesome! We’d love you to write / film / broadcast about our little festival. We’ve got heaps of great talent you can interview (including the acts themselves) and we have no end of awesome photo and video locations. For all media enquiries, please contact our mate Sally Wright – email@example.com
The Grampians Music Festival is brought to you by Grampians Tourism, the Northern Grampians Shire Council, and a dedicated group of local business operators and residents.
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