Upwards of 15,500 thousand people poured through the event’s now iconic metal gates last weekend, to hear more than 100 acts.
Among the many highlights was a double bill Saturday night performance by legendary singer songwriters Paul Kelly and Peter Garrett. The duo collectively drew one of the biggest crowds ever to fill the venue’s big top tent.
Nineties rock darlings Killing Heidi made a dynamic return to the stage, while the globally loved Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals closed the event late Sunday afternoon in fine style.
“We’re overwhelmed with the positive response we’ve had. There were many highlights over the weekend but once again Queenscliff was the star of the show,” said QMF director Andrew Orvis.
“Our first ever sold out event, coinciding with our 20th Festival was a real treat for all involved.
“Ben Harpers set to close out the festival was obviously a massive highlight and such an great way to finish off the festival on a huge high,” said Orvis. “I stood side of stage with the Doug Anthony Allstars as they were waiting to go on stage, myself and a couple of the sound guys basically had our own private fifteen minute stand up comedy show. I’ve never laughed so hard in my life.”
Tickets were sold out for the first time, close to a month ahead of the event, ensuring its financial success.
To top off the celebrations, the Festival was crowned winner in its category (Festivals and Events) at last week’s Victorian Tourism Industry Awards.
Despite the large crowds, police say they encountered no trouble over the weekend.