Wow, Inverloch Sounds of Summer 2017 was without a doubt a success, attracting a broad audience of both local residents and visitors to our seaside town.
The inclement weather did nothing to deter the enthusiasm or spirit of the large crowd. To see people flocking in, even with the rain will be something that we will always remember and be thankful for. The atmosphere was something to behold, with a crowd of all ages and walks of life. Even though we didn’t quite reach our target again this year, we still had nearly 2,500 people (close to 3,000 when including staff, vendors, contractors and volunteers) ready to have the time of their lives and helping our chosen charity, Scleroderma Victoria.
The food village was bustling with patrons enjoying a vast array of festival fare, Mexican, Japanese, Vietnamese and everything in between. Quite a few of our food vendors sold out by the end of the night, which was an incredible result. The massage and local handmade / design stalls which were new to Sounds of Summer this year proved to be a big hit and added to the festival vibe. 34 pre booked private marquees also added to the great atmosphere.
We loved our ‘Sounds of Summer Bar’ a marquee which was sponsored by Over the Top Events. It looked amazing and was a very popular place throughout the night. Local wineries Dirty 3 and Lucinda Estate had people lining up ready to sample their award winning wines. Inverloch Kongwak Football Netball Club also had a great night selling beer and spirits for the event.
Our MC, local radio host, Shana Bremner did an incredible job of taking on the role of MC. Shana is a huge music fan and supporter of local events and we are so grateful she agreed to do this for us.
The music of course is what brought people out in droves, and it did not disappoint.
Starting with an amazing local lineup of Mat Morgan and Bed of Embers, followed by young talented Famous Will, you could feel the momentum building for the big draw cards.
Wendy Matthews, with her crystal clear vocals and soulful sound had many out of their seats and dancing in the misty rain. It was apparent early that nothing would dampen the beautiful vibe and spirit of this well orchestrated event.
The distinctive and familiar sounds of Glenn Shorrock ensured the dancing continued (without the rain) while we enjoyed his many hits and everyone enamored by his pure talent and voice.
It was then time to Eagle Rock with Daddy Cool himself, Ross Wilson, his vast appeal had everyone on their feet and rocking along.
The music side of the event was wrapped up with the incredible Sol Nation. Their unique music, a beautifully crafted mix of Reggae, Funk and Latino was both colourful and exuberant which flowed out into audience creating such a fun and electric vibe.
The children were kept entertained with an Adventure Park hosting laser tag, face painting and plenty to keep the little ones amused.
The messages and emails of many happy partons and vendors has been overwhelming. A lot of time, love and passion goes into creating and running Sounds of Summer, so to see families and friends having lots of fun has bought us so much joy! The professional images from Leo Edwards of Inverloch 3996 will be up on our website in the coming days.
We are again thankful to our major supporter, Inverloch and District Community Bank and all of our sponsors for supporting this event as without them we simply could not run.
Our family and friends thank you from the bottom of our hearts, working for us, running here and there, picking up rubbish the next day and just for your all round support.
We are so blessed to have a region filled with amazing businesses and creative talents. We look forward to showcasing them again in 2018. Save the date everyone, Inverloch Sounds of Summer will be held on Saturday December 29 and is set to be bigger and better than ever!
Kate + Mick Adkins
Looking forward to a great day today!
Just a quick note about the Kids Adventure Park which operates 2pm - 8pm (and is FREE to use)
As mentioned on our website there is a watersilde if you would like to bring a change of clothes / bathers / towel for the cherubs.
Adults, you will be able to get a pass out please do not be concerned by this condition. This condition is there to cover us more with teenagers wanting to leave and come back.
Can't wait to see you all laughing, dancing, drinking and eating!
See you later!
The Sounds of Summer Team!
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Dyson Heppell helping us spread the word about our chosen charity Scleroderma Victoria. Dyson, captain of Essendon Football Club and local to South Gippsland is the ambassador and sunflower hero for Scleroderma Victoria along with his Mum Ann-Maree. We love that people can enjoy an amazing day out while supporting this very worthy cause
It is so exciting to have our site map all finalised and the list of amazing food and wine vendors that will be at our festival!
So much variety and so much fun we are going to have!
Wendy Matthews recently caught up with David and Sonia on Today Extra to chat about her career and her upcoming festival appearance at Inverloch Sounds of Summer!
"Attention Local Schools, Sports Clubs + Groups"
To celebrate the start of Spring we have got a special offer for the month of September!
For every ticket that is purchased by school families or club members we are giving $5 back to your school or club.
If purchasing tickets online just pop your chosen school or club in the 'Company / Organisation' line or if purchasing your tickets at Inverloch & District Community Bank Branch or Dirty Three Wines just let the lovely staff know.
Our festival is committed and focused on putting on a fantastic event for our community and this is a great way to help towards fundraising efforts for your school or club.
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INVERLOCH’S own summer festival will be supporting research into a rare medical condition.
Inverloch Sounds of Summer music festival will support Scleroderma Victoria as the festival’s charity for 2017, event organiser Kate Adkins of Events by Kate announced last week.
“We have teamed up with Inverloch’s Ann-Maree Heppell who is a Sunflower Hero for the organisation, as well as her son (and Essendon Football Club captain) Dyson Heppell, to help raise funds and awareness for the disease,” Kate said.
“As the festival has a strong local focus, we would like to continue this by supporting Ann-Maree and her family on their quest to help raise funds and awareness for scleroderma.”
In addition to the festival pledging a donation to the Scleroderma Victoria, the Inverloch and District Community Bank Branch of the Bendigo Bank will run a photo booth at this year’s event for a gold coin donation, with all proceeds going to Scleroderma Australia.
Scleroderma results in the hardening of the skin and affects nearly any internal organ with the same scar tissue. As a result life can be a battle, mobility is reduced, breathing restricted, enjoying a meal difficult.
Ann-Maree said she and fellow local scleroderma campaigners Corrie Hemming and Rae Stallard are proud of the community’s support and particularly from Sounds of Summer.
“The support we receive will continue to create more awareness of the severity of scleroderma and the fact that we so desperately need funds for research to find a cure,” Ann-Maree said.
“The Sounds of Summer event is a terrific family day and I encourage anyone who can to come along.”
A scleroderma support group has been established in South Gippsland. For information, contact Corrie on 0400 331 829.
Inverloch Sounds of Summer will be held at the Inverloch Recreation Reserve on Friday, December 29, 2017.
Performers confirmed so far include Ross Wilson of Daddy Cool fame, Glenn Sharrock of Little River Band and the multi-talented Wendy Matthews.
They will play alongside talented locals Bed of Embers and Mat Morgan. Hear Famous Will, a renowned artist on the festival circuit and the African reggae band Sol Nation.
Festival-goers will be treated to superb local food and wine. Families will enjoy the Sounds of Summer Adventure Park, with entertainment for children.
Tickets sales are going well and thanks to the major supporter, Inverloch and District Community Bank, tickets can now be purchased at the branch in William Street as of today, Tuesday, August 1.
People are able to contact Kate on 0419 599 309 for more information about the Sounds of Summer advertising packages.
Marquees are available on the day of the festival and almost half of these are already gone. If you are interested in booking a marquee for the day, email email@example.com for details.