Inverloch Sounds of Summer is an inaugural music, food and wine festival that launches this summer on the 28th of December at the Inverloch Recreation Reserve. Festival directors, Kate and Mick Adkins, have lived in the area all their lives, recently making the short move to Inverloch from Leongatha with their three children, Chloe, 16, Charlie 14 and Ruby 12. Today, Inverloch 3996 sits down with them to get the low down on what the festival has to offer.
What made you decide to organise a music festival?
Kate: As the creative director of Events by Kate, I have a real love for bringing people together. Inverloch Sounds of Summer was born as a result of all my passions: togetherness, celebrating good music, delicious food, fabulous wine and the ultimate being our family and friends. So, we are bringing all that together to create a day of fun filled with laughter, good times and lots of festival cheer!
So why Inverloch?
Kate: Inverloch is a wonderful location to host this kind of event. Not only does Inverloch have beautiful beaches and an abundance of accommodation for our summertime locals, but it also has great access. With five entrances to the town, Inverloch is one of those rare beach towns that can handle its summer growth. We are so grateful that we have the opportunity to put this festival together for the community.
Who is playing at Sounds of Summer?
Kate: The festival lineup includes nationally touring singer-songwriter, Taylor Henderson, as well as independent radio staple, Clare Bowditch, country songstress Sara Storer, rustic duo Fidel & Sarah and Melbourne’s indie electronic two-piece Private Life.
Local artists Janie Gordon, duo Emma & Jake, and Alliza Miel will also perform during the festival as opening acts. Local Travis Blackney will be performing a couple of songs as a tribute to his late sister, Kristy.
Who is the event for? Is it a family event or targeted at teenagers?
Inverloch Sounds of Summer is for all ages from young teenagers to retirees and everyone in between. Our event is definitely a family friendly event.
How do people buy tickets?
You can purchase your tickets via our website www.inverlochsoundsofsummer.com.au or call us on 0419 599 309 for payment by phone. Just remember to print your ticket or have it on your phone on the day of the event ready for us to scan upon entry.
For families and guests who live on the outskirts of Inverloch and beyond, how will they get to and from the event?
We have local bus companies running buses in the following areas: Kilcunda, Dalyston, Cape Paterson, Korumburra, Leongatha, Tarwin Lower and Venus Bay. Click HERE for further information on prices and how to book.
What type of food will be available at the event? Can families bring their own food and drink?
You are most welcome to pack a picnic; however, our food vendors are very reasonably priced so you can just turn up and relax after all that Christmas craziness. We have a strictly NO BYO ALCOHOL policy as we have a fully licensed bar run by Inverloch Football and Cricket Clubs as well as our wineries, Lucinda Estate, Dirty 3 and Bull at a Gate.
Some of the yummy food on offer will be Mexican, sliders, paella, BBQ, baked potatoes, as well as a special vegan gluten-free van on site as well. Locally sourced cheese platters as well as sweet treats such as gelati, fruit ice cream, waffles, slices and confectionery will also be available.
What else will we see at the festival?
As well as amazing music, there will be food trucks and tents and wineries. Hair braiding, face painting, makeup and massage will all be available, offering something for everyone. There will be a few fun surprises on the day as well.
For how long with the event run?
Gates will open at 2:30pm with our local acts commencing at 3:00pm. Our headline act, Taylor Henderson, will conclude around 10:00pm with a meet and greet afterwards. For those who want to continue the party, they can head to The Esplanade or The Inlet Hotel after the festival.
What community groups and businesses are involved with the festival?
We are looking forward to working with local groups, service clubs and businesses to help bring this event to fruition. We would like to see a real sense of community spirit behind the festival, making it something we can all contribute to and be proud of. It is so nice to know that the majority of our vendors are sourced locally from the broader Gippsland Region.
Our local food & wine vendors:
INVERLOCH FOOTBALL CLUB & INVERLOCH CRICKET CLUB THE MAIN BAR
LUCINDA ESTATE WINERY WINE VENDOR
DIRTY 3 WINES WINE VENDOR
BULL AT A GATE WINE VENDOR
THE INVERLOCH MEN'S SHED FOOD VENDOR
INVERLOCH SURF LIFE SAVING CLUB FOOD VENDOR
THE LIONS CLUB LEONGATHA FOOD VENDOR
VAUGHAN'S CAFE & DELI FOOD VENDOR
CUCINA ITALINA (GUSTO & TRULLI) FOOD VENDOR
FEAST ON US (BRENT SINCLAIR FOOD TRUCK) FOOD VENDOR
VEGAN GLUTEN FREE VAN FOOD VENDOR
NUTS BOUT FRUIT FOOD VENDOR
FLEMING BERRIES FOOD VENDOR
BEAN THERE DRANK THAT / COFFEE VENDOR
ROAMING POPPY / COFFEE VENDOR
We are also supporting local businesses by engaging their services for the festival such as Inverloch 3996, Wonthaggi Recyclers, Rachel Bennett Face Painting, as well as local club, The Inverloch Lions.
It is so fantastic to have various businesses supporting our event, especially our major supporter -
Inverloch & District Community Bank® branch of Bendigo Bank.
We are so thankful to the following businesses for supporting Inverloch Sounds of Summer:
STOCKDALE & LEGGO INVERLOCH
SHELLEY PRICE PHOTOGRAPHY
PROM COAST ECO GLAMPING
3MFM LOCAL RADIO
INVERLOCH HOLIDAY PARK
MIKA & MAX
JEMINY HAIR & BEAUTY
HOTONDO HOMES INVERLOCH
EUGENIE'S LUXURY ACCOMMODATION
OVER THE TOP EVENTS
Is there anything else you would like people to know?
We are a small local business with a young family like many others in our area having a go and wanting to bring something special to Inverloch. This event is for our local residents and visitors to enjoy. We are proud that we are able to involve local clubs in the festival, which potentially could be one of their major fundraisers for the year.
Stay up to date by signing up for the Inverloch Sounds of Summer Newsletter and checking their website regularly.