“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 Patche Festival.”
- Greg Champion, 2015 performer.
What an amazing weekend!
Thank you to everyone who made the Festival possible - the hard working committee and volunteers, sound engineers, sponsors, artists and everyone who came along to be part of it. As Robin Yetman said in his closing remarks, the Festival belongs to us all and we should all feel very proud!
We welcome your suggestions on how we could improve the festival experience, please feel free to send us an email with your feedback.
Congratulations to our raffle winners:
1st Prize: Kirsten Yetman - Bendigo (originally from Patche)
Return flights for 2 from Melbourne to Sydney with 3 nights accommodation. (Value $1,000 - Donated by Mushy’s Tyre Service)
2nd Prize: Douglas Jackson - Patchewollock
Marquee package to Donald Races for 6 people. (Value $450 - Donated by Donald & District Racing Club)
3rd Prize: Kathy Skidmore - Shepparton
Half day 4 wheel drive tour in the Murray Sunset/Pink Lakes for 4 people. (Value $360 - Donated by Mallee Tours)
4th Prize: Lynda O’Shannessy - Toolamba
Festival package - CDs, t-shirts & more. (Value $250)
5th Prize: Henry Higgins - Ouyen
Fuel voucher. (Value $200 - Donated by Poole & Jackson)
Thank you to everyone who bought tickets (every last ticket was sold this year!), your contribution helps secure the sustainability of our festival.
A huge thank you also to our generous prize sponsors!
World-class street artist to paint silo in Patchewollock
A world-class street artist will start to transform a disused silo at Patchewollock, continuing a silo art trail in Yarriambiack Shire in north-west Victoria. His painting will coincide with Patchewollock Music Festival this weekend.
The Patchewollock art project follows the successful Brim silo artwork, by Guido van Helten.
His friend, Fintan Magee, who has worked full-time as muralist for the past four years, will begin work on a Patchewollock silo this weekend, following work on a silo in Norway.
Magee returns to Australia following a European tour where he painted buildings in Portugal, the Netherlands, Italy and Ukraine.
"I've mostly worked on flat surfaces so the silos are always pretty challenging," he said.
"This is my second set — I painted a large scale silo project in Stavanger in Norway just a month ago actually, so that was kind of like my practice run I guess."
Magee said the silo in Norway was 50 metres high, whereas the Patchewollock silo measured 32 metres.
He said he considered himself a social-realist in his painting style.
"I think throughout history there has been a trend in public art to honour the wealthy and the powerful — whether it be a sculpture of a king, an explorer, a colonist or a landlord," Magee said.
"For me I like honouring regular, working people."Magee said he was friends with van Helten as they grew up together in Brisbane.
"We worked together and came into this together through graffiti and street art. We started painting a lot of abandoned buildings in Brisbane and developed together," he said.
"It's good to be here because I get to see his work — I've only seen it in photos."
Magee said it was not until he arrived at his project and saw the building, or silo, first hand that he could gauge the full-scale.
"Most of the buildings I paint the walls, so you can look at the building and count the windows so you work out that's a 10-storey building or four-storey building," he said.
"But with silos you have no point of reference. They measured those silos I painted in Norway and they told they were 30 metres, and we showed up with 42-metre lift and still couldn't reach the top."
Magee said his painting would take about 10-12 days and he invited the public to visit and check the progress.
Would you like to be part of our festival?
After an extremely successful debut last year, we are pleased to again be running the blackboard stage, where visitors can show off their hidden talents in front of an appreciative audience.
The stage will run from 12 noon - 4.30 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!
2016 Festival Patron announced
We are thrilled to announce former local and best selling author Fleur Ferris (nee Torney) as our 2016 Festival Patron.
Fleur spent the first seventeen years of her life growing up on a farm in Patchewollock. She then moved twenty times in twenty years! During this time, Fleur sometimes saw the darker side to life while working for a number of years as a police officer and paramedic. She now lives a more settled lifestyle on a rice farm in Southern New South Wales, with her husband and three young children. Fleur's colourful and diverse background has given her unique insight into today's society and an endless pool of experience to draw from. Fleur's first book RISK has become a best seller and relates to the dangers of young people meeting people online. Her newly-released second book BLACK is about the dangers of people who could be lurking in your own town.
Fleur will be a guest speaker at the festival and also available for book signings.
Program now online
Check out the program page for our 2016 program — it will be an amazing three days in Patchewollock!
Purchasing a ticket in our raffle not only gives you the chance to win great prizes, but also helps secure the sustainability of our free festival. Tickets are $5 each, available at the festival or from the link below:
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.