Top talent at festival

March 28, 2018

The Mokoan Music festival, on this Saturday, will see some of Australia’s best musicians perform against the backdrop of the Winton Wetlands.

Headlined by Dan Sultan (pictured), the festival will also feature Josh Owen, George & Noriko and Shepparton’s Cheryl Simaika.

The Mokoan Music Festival will return to Chesney Vale on Saturday with some of Australia’s best musicians performing against the backdrop of the Winton Wetlands.

Set in natural bushland atop Green’s Hill, overlooking the wetlands and surrounding ranges, the festival celebrates the site’s connections to indigenous culture, the community and the environment.

Headlined by Australian musician Dan Sultan, the festival offers a diverse playlist — from the modern soul of Josh Owen to the ‘‘Japanese meets blues’’ vibe of George & Noriko, with a dash of Pasifika from Shepparton performer Cheryl Simaika.

Winton Wetlands visitation manager Tanya McAlpin said the festival, now in its third year, provided an opportunity to showcase a diverse line-up, including both household names, and rising local talent.

‘‘For us, being able to incorporate Cheryl Simaika among some recognised musicians was a fantastic opportunity — her soulful renditions of some of her favourite artists are both captivating and impressive; she truly has a voice that needs to be heard,’’ Ms McAlpin said.

Young music lovers haven’t been forgotten, with free entry for those under 15 years of age, as well as a range of family friendly activities to keep them busy.

At the festival, visitors will also be able to try some local fare, with producers from the neighbouring Glenrowan region setting up food and beverage trucks at the event.

And for those who want to make the most of the Easter break, Winton Wetlands offers a limited number of Luxe Glamping tents. There are also a number of bush camping sites available, just 6.5km from the event site, and located next to showers and toilets.

Mokoan Music Festival general admission tickets are $40. For more information and tickets, visit:

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