Clairy Browne and the Bangin' Rackettes will play at Summer of Soul.
FOR the past 10 years, the Lyrebird Arts Council in Victoria's south-east has held its annual shindig in March. But this year, for the first time, it is staging the event in January, and has attracted the kind of line-up one would expect to see in the city.
On Sunday, January 6, Mossvale Park's Summer of Soul will be headlined by American heavyweights Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, with local up-and-comers Clairy Browne and the Bangin' Rackettes and Saskwatch in support.
But whatever you do, don't call it a festival. ''I find that festival's such a bullshit name,'' says Ian Bevington, who has curated and co-ordinated the South Gippsland event since its inception. ''We never set out to do a festival, we just wanted to have the one stage, in this beautiful, 100-year-old park, and to have a good, chilled-out vibe.''
Lyrebird Arts Council's events have attracted a loyal following over the past decade, as well as an impressive roster of local and international artists including Gillian Welch and Justin Townes Earle.
Last year's One Perfect Day featured Dirty Three, Charles Bradley, and the Bamboos.
The annual Mossvale Park gigs are limited to around 2000 tickets, but Bevington says they could sell up to 10,000 if they wanted.
''We don't want to get any bigger, that's why we stay under the radar a little bit,'' he says.
As well as the music, there's local wine and food for sale, and guests are free to bring their own alcohol. ''Everything's done by volunteers, there's no money in it for people,'' says Bevington.
''I guess that's why it's so fresh, and so beautiful.''
Mossvale Park's Summer of Soul is on Sunday, January 6 at Mossvale Park, South Gippsland. Tickets $80 from oztix.com.au