“You’ll never go to another festival quite like Patche. Its remoteness, its outback feel... it’s a winner. I had a hoot – and I wish I could sing at it every year. Long live Patchewollock Music Festival.”
- Greg Champion, 2015 performer.
Patchewollock to celebrate 100 years
2018 marks 100 years since Patchewollock’s first building, a hall, was erected in Jackson’s paddock a kilometer from the present site of the town. This hall was used for functions, gatherings and also as a school for the children of the early settlers.
Some of these pioneers had settled here as early as 1914, but after WWI returning servicemen began to take up blocks of land, quickly boosting the population of the area.
In 1925 the railway line was completed, terminating one kilometer away. This saw the existing buildings relocated to the new site and, in 1926, the erection of 14 new buildings.
Much of critical importance happened in those early years, especially the completion of the channel system in 1921, which brought a more or less permanent water supply for stock and domestic purposes. Telephone lines were built in 1925, establishing much needed communication.
Interesting to note that 1918 was the last time Lake Agnes at Pine Plains filled with water from the Wimmera river system, caused in part by the damming of southern catchment areas.
Planning is under way to commemorate the 100 years with static displays of local history at a variety of venues leading into the Patchewollock Music Festival on the weekend of the 19th to 21st of October.
Artist applications now closed
Thank you to all those who have applied to play at our 2018 Festival. We have been blown away by the quality of the applicants. We will be going through them in the coming weeks, and will notify you all as soon as we can.
Thank you, thank you, thank you!
I'm sure everyone who was in Patchewollock last weekend was blown away by the incredible talent on stage - particularly impressive for a free festival! This would just not have been possible without the support of our amazing partners, we cannot thank you enough for your overwhelming generosity. Please show them our appreciation by supporting them where you can.
We'd also like to thank all the committee and volunteers who worked so hard to make the event run so smoothly. And of course, thanks everyone for coming to share it with us - we look forward to seeing you all again in 2018!
Would you like to be part of our festival?
Our popular blackboard stage will be running again this year, where visitors can show off their hidden talents in front of an appreciative audience.
The stage will run from 12 noon - 5.00 pm on Saturday, with 15 minute slots for each performer. The blackboard will be open for names from 11.30 am, and will fill on a first-in best-dressed basis, so don’t be shy and make sure you are there early to get a spot!
Two workshops will take place on the Saturday afternoon of our festival.
Golden Guitar winner Pete Denahy will be conducting a fiddle basics workshop at the blackboard stage from 1.30 pm, while multi-instrumentalist Chris Rogers will instruct an informative slide guitar basics workshop in the pub dining room at 3.30 pm.
Make sure you take time during the festival to view the wonderful local displays by photographer Jenny Stephens and the Ouyen P12 VCE Art students.
Held in the pub lounge, Jenny's exhibition 'Native Birds of the Mallee' showcases her images of the exquisite bird life of the Mallee, with a limited number of prints available for purchase. The work of the talented Ouyen Art Students will be on display in the heritage goods shed.
Winners are Grinners!
We are very proud to say that the Patchewollock Music Festival has just been awarded 'Community Event of the Year' in the 2016 Mildura Rural City Council Australia Day Awards! It is wonderful recognition for all those who have worked so hard to make the festival such a fantastic event.