Festival of Voices Coastal celebrates the ‘people of the coast’

Australia’s premier celebration of the voice will begin on the state’s East Coast.

Festival of Voices Coastal programmer and producer Ange Boxall said the festival was a great reason to visit the region.

“The thing that we really encourage is that people come for the whole weekend,” she said.

“Come up, get some accomodation, and enjoy winter. As long as you’ve got your beanies and your warm jackets on, it’s a beautiful time to be at the coast.

“Walking along the beach in winter is beautiful. Summer can be really busy, so you don’t get that crazy busyness.”

Ms Boxall said the Festival of Voices was about people singing and using their voices, but the Festival of Voices Coastal program had “more of a roots music vibe”.

“When I’m programming and arranging and producing the festival, I try to keep in mind that it’s about celebrating the people of the coast and what we have up here as a whole,” she said.

The almost sold-out opening night gala event will take place on June 29 at the Tasmanian Bushland Garden, featuring performances from Mental as Anything and Frank Sultana.

Ms Boxall said on June 30, a farmers market would take place at historic Twamley Farm from 10am.

“There will be lots of different stalls from local producers, and also fire pits ot make it all warm and cosy.

“We’ll have the Bootleg Gin Sluggers which are a jug band from Hobart, which will be awesome.”

Next up will be Saturday’s Speakeasy, taking place at Bicheno Memorial Hall from 7pm.

The speakeasy will feature performances from Yesterday’s Gentlemen, Freya Josephine Hollick, The Blowholes, and Double J’s DJ Henry Wagons.

On July 1 at the Bicheno Memorial Hall, a relaxing morning called Yoga and Music will take place. Helen Wise of Bluecoast Yoga will teach to the class to live music from Megg Guy and Jesse Wise.

Later in the day at Devil’s Corner at Apslaw, Surf’s Up will take place from noon. The event will feature music from rock-pop band Lime Cordiale, singer-songwriter Kyle Lionheart, and musician Kylie Lorenz.

A Wineglass Bay Cruise will take place from 4pm, featuring a performance from Tassie band Halfway to Forth.

The final performance as part of FoV Coastal will be by Louisa Wall the “perennial millennial”, performing It’s Not Me, It’s Lou at Freycinet Lodge.

The full list of events for the festival can be found at festivalofvoices.com.

Tickets can be purchased online at purchase.theatreroyal.com.au/fov/.