Blues, rock, jazz – you name it, the festival has it Paynesville Music Festival is back this weekend.

Blues, rock, jazz – you name it, the festival has it Paynesville Music Festival is back this weekend.

Organised by the Paynesville Business and Tourism Association, the festival has been a part of the local music scene and Paynesville for almost 20 years, starting out as the Paynesville Jazz Festival and morphing into the Paynesville Music Festival back in 2010.

Many new musicians and bands, as well as some old favourites, will be part of the lineup at the three-day festival, which takes place this year on the grassy parklands of Gilsenan Reserve and at various venues around town.

Most of the free entertainment will take place on the mobile stage at the reserve, however, there are plenty more bands providing performances at many of the local venues in town as part of the festival.

All booking information is available on the timetable and on the festival website.

There will be a wide variety of music over the weekend including local school bands, new talent, buskers, seasoned musicians and some of the usual favourites.

Sponsor, Janet McLeod, said she was delighted to once again support the festival, a signature event for the Paynesville community.

“Since we opened the doors in December 2005, we have been committed to supporting the Paynesville and district area,” Janet said.

“And we are proud to again be associated with this fantastic community event.”

“Paynesville and District Community Bank Branch returns a significant portion of its profits back to the community each year.

“This year we have also contributed funds towards many other local events such as the Australia Day Awards, the Paynesville Classic Boat Rally, the Maritime Museum, and Carols on the Straits as well as providing sponsorship to many local clubs and organisations.

“Our branch is committed to supporting groups and projects in the community that improve the lives of local people.

“This year in particular, with the region doing it tough due to the recent bushfires, it is important to have events to help attract visitors and tourists to our town, and the music festival not only celebrates our local musicians, but attracts many people to the area over the weekend, putting Paynesville on the map, and showcasing our town.”

This year’s feature bands include the Strzelecki Stringbusters, The Soultanas, and The Deans of Soul, performing over the weekend, with local bands, The Jimmys, XTRA Cover and MSAGRO rocking it up on Friday night.

With a variety of rock, blues, pop, country, traditional, jazz and swing, there will be something for everyone.

Food vans will be available over the weekend and the Rotary market will be on the foreshore on Saturday with lots of interesting craft, food and homemade items, which will add to the weekend festivities. On Sunday, the Paynesville Sea Scouts will be holding a family beach picnic with children’s activities and a jumping castle. Take your picnic rug and basket and enjoy music at the beach.

Again, a popular activity at the 2020 festival will be Music Cruises around the Paynesville canals and Lakes on the Lady Jodie, with each onehour cruise enjoying the sounds of Your Shout on Saturday and The Joe Cool Band on Sunday.

All bookings can be made via the website booking page.

Buskers will get their chance to strut their stuff on Saturday with half hour timeslots at the Big Red Bus. All timeslots have already been booked for this popular event. Sunday morning sees East Gippsland Symphonia playing at the church service and continuing afterwards in the church garden, and Lady Luck and the Kings will be performing on Raymond Island near the ferry, so hop over and have a listen.

As part of the festival this year, and to help those who might be feeling anxious, stressed or finding it hard to cope with the recent bushfires and drought situation, there will be a free music therapy songwriting workshop on Saturday at the Gippsland Lakes Yacht Club, to be conducted by Penelope Swales, from Wild at Heart.

So if you are interested in learning how to put your feelings down in song lyrics, book now on the website.


In the timeless tradition of the Hayride and Medicine show string band entertainment, The Strzelecki Stringbusters combine elements of ole time country, bluegrass, blues and jug band sounds with good humoured banter and audience participation. The fourteen piece strong ensemble hailing from the hills and hollers of the northern slopes of Gippsland’s Strzelecki Ranges play fiddles, mandolins, guitars, banjo, ukulele, harmonica and the odd kazoo, locked down with a rock solid double bass and combined with soaring harmony vocals. The boundless enthusiasm and sheer love of the music and a myriad of great tunes results in a “good natured musical riot”.

Formed in 2003, these boys know how to entertain a crowd. An exhilarating and memorable musical experience is assured with the Stringbusters on board be ready to join in and sing along. The Strezelecki Stringbusters will perform at the festival at the yacht club on Saturday from 8.30pm.


East Gippsland Symphonia will again be playing, as part of the Paynesville Music Festival, at St Peter’s 9.30am Eucharist on Sunday followed

by a concert in the garden. Both the Eucharist and concert are free and in addition, refreshments will be provided in the garden.

The Symphonia has played at St Peter’s for the past seven years, to general acclaim, and it is hoped that this partnership will continue into the future.

The East Gippsland Symphonia has between 24-28 musicians, incorporating students from local schools as well as adult members.

Conductor, Carryn Caithness, melds the woodwind, brass, string and percussion players to produce wonderful music.

Funded in part by the shire, the Symphonia augments its funding by performing at numerous carols services and at the Nicholson Rhythm by the River August festival. In addition, the Symphonia also plays for various aged care centres locally.

Symphonia members say that their performances bring obvious joy to the people in these centres.

The members of the congregation at St Peter’s are grateful for the partnership between the church and the Symphonia and look forward to the day with delight.

IMAGE: The Strezlecki Stringbusters will entertain the Gippsland Lakes Yacht Club on Saturday night as part of the Paynesville Music Festival. (PS)