The Full Surround Sounds range unveiled

The month-long Surround Sounds live music program has been plugged in and expanded to 11.

Released in full last week, the program features some of Australia’s biggest names and freshest faces in rock, pop, indie, doom, metal, jazz, classical, jazz and hip hop.

It also celebrates the contemporary music scene and cultural heritage of Geelong and Bellarine, and will run from April 7 to May 8 at venues and cultural spaces across the region.

Lineup includes Aussie favorites Crowded House, music icon Paul Kelly, world-renowned band The Rubens, country music stars Kasey Chambers and Busby Marou, Geelong local Adalita of Magic Dirt, indie band Children Collide, veteran rockers The Hard-Ons and beloved vocal quartet Human Nature perform at some of the best-known venues.

Other highlights include:

  • Nina Ferro and her jazz ensemble performing the songs of Ella Fitzgerald
  • A presentation of Music in Exile with performances by Ajak Kwai, Asecuma Beats and Gordon Koang
  • A Bonsai Records showcase featuring Bones & Jones, Fenn Wilson, Pollyman and Sirens
  • Album launches by Plaster of Paris, Baraka the Kid and doom bands Dr Colossus and Oceanlord, and
  • A First Nations celebration at Johnstone Park featuring Fred Leone, Bumpy, Deans of Soul and Loud & Deadly.

Adalita will drive busloads of music fans around the area on the Geelong Music Bus Tours alongside fellow local musician Mick Thomas (Weddings, Parties, Anything).

“Geelong is part of my musical heart,” she said.

“This is where I started as a musician, from grungy nooks and sticky carpet venues in the 90s, to its beautiful cool sounding halls and studios, it’s one of the most most important in Australian music.

“So much music has been formed here, and Geelong has a musical culture that spans many genres, from rock to jazz, punk to classical.

“So excited to be a part of Surround Sounds bringing together all this musical culture and history. Rock on, Geelong!”

The musical landscape of Geelong and the Bellarine will be explored through a curated series of in-depth conversations with musicians, including Eliza Hull, in a special showcase of deaf and disabled artists, cross art form installations and screenings live.

Greater Geelong City Deputy Mayor Trent Sullivan welcomed the huge list of beloved artists and musicians who will be the next big thing for all music lovers.

“Greater Geelong has a long and proud history of both producing talented musicians and having a strong reputation as a live music hub,” he said.
Surround Sounds Geelong and the Bellarine is supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria.

For more information, the full program and ticket information, visit the Surround Sounds Geelong website.

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