Halls Gap Jazz Blues Festival 2017 attracts 70 bands

A musician prepares for the 2017 Halls Gap Jazz Blues Festival. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

A musician prepares for the 2017 Halls Gap Jazz Blues Festival. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

THE hills will be alive with the sound of music in the Grampians at the weekend.

The Halls Gap Jazz Blues Festival will feature 70 bands from across Australia playing across Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

The former Grampians Jazz Festival that ran in Halls Gap in February each year was moved to Port Fairy in 2016.

Festival convenor Don Calvert said it was wonderful to see the festival in its jazz blues form continuing in Halls Gap.

He said the change from a summer to a spring event would showcase a beautiful time of year in the Grampians.

“The first Halls Gap Jazz Blues Festival in October 2016 was a huge success. Support from musicians and followers was overwhelming,” he said.

“In one year, this event has now doubled in scale of bands and followers, proving the continuing popularity of jazz in the Grampians.

“The festival easily enables everyone to have social connections within the centrality of Halls Gap, and there is less than a five-minute walk between venues. 

“Musicians and followers love the atmosphere of the town and intimate indoor venues with excellent sound quality.”

Mr Calvert said performances would be at the Halls Gap hall, Halls Gap Hub, the Pinnacle, Mountain Grand, Comfort Inn, Kookaburra Hotel, and Spirit of Punjab.

Grampians Tourism chief executive Marc Sleeman will officially open the event on Saturday at 9.30am at The Hub.

Mr Calvert said tickets were available for single sessions, for all day Saturday, or for the whole weekend.

He said people could visit www.hallsgapjazzblues.com to book.

Mr Calvert said people could call him on 0409 252 046 or visit the event’s Facebook page – www.facebook.com/hallsgapjazzblues – for more information.