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We are excited to announce our line up of talented musicians for the Nightjar Festival season returning to Torquay on Thursday evenings throughout January and to Geelong on Friday evenings throughout February in 2020.

The first night of the Nightjar Festival season on Thursday 2nd January in Torquay sees us welcome Victor Cripes, Tim Henshall, Leslie D. King & The Trembling Shakes, and Trickbox.

Victor Cripes delivers a distinctive dirty blues sound ​which echoes the styles of generations of blues music – from the blues masters of yester-year to the British / American blues revival of the 1960’s. A partnership of Australian easy groove, American thump and British tube overdrive, with an original modern twist. With a unique ‘one-man-does-everything’ approach, energetic street performances across Australia, as well as frequent appearances on Melbourne’s exclusive Bourke St Mall, and at staple venues on the Aussie east coast, Cripes has opened the stage for some of Australia’s most notable blues/roots acts including ARIA Award winning Ash Grunwald, Collard’s Greens & Gravy, and international touring acts Bob Log III, Matt Walker, and many others.

Tim Henshall is a singer songwriter based on the Bellarine Peninsula. After playing over the past 15 years in bands such as The Jungle Beat, Dan Sultan, KT88, and Jahgun, Tim is returning to home base. The musicians he has bought together are all locals who are blessed with truck loads of musical talent.

Hailing from Cobden in Victoria, Leslie D. King shines a light of transparency on the everyday struggles with family, friends, the search for identity and everything in between. With every nakedly honest lyric, and every growling strike from his guitar, he evokes intense emotion in the stomachs of his audience. His performance leaves viewers wondering what truly is? Although for Leslie D. King, it’s the thing right in front of you. Now with all-star band “The Trembling Shakes”, Leslie brings a big sound of rocking soul to keep you trembling and shaking all through the night.

The first night of the festival will conclude with  The Trickbox project creating entire electronic sets on the spot using electronic and natural instruments going into a live looper. There is no computer and whatever is played goes into the looper exactly how it was played real time. Their instruments include two synths, a melodica, an mpc live drum machine, beatbox and vocal effects and bags full of cheeky tricks, including the ability to sample FM radio and the crowd, and then live remix and tweak the input into a new song. The show is a performance, and an interaction with the environment it surrounds. Each set is unique and is made just for the moment, never to be heard exactly the same again.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

FESTIVAL DATES & MUSIC LINE UP

02JAN2020 VICTOR CRIPES – TIM HENSHALL – LESLIE D. KING & THE TREMBLING SHAKES – TRICKBOX
09JAN2020 ANNA SCIONTI – THE FEATHERHEADS – TESS GUTHRIE – THE MAMAS
16JAN2020 TALLL PAUL – DIRT HAND – THE KITE MACHINE – Z-STAR TRINITY (UK)
23JAN2020 FLYNN GURRY – THE OCELOTS (IRL) – DOC HALIBUT – OLIVER NORTHAM & THE ELSEWHERES
07FEB2020 JACK MEREDITH – THE TEQUILA MOCKINGBIRD ORCHESTRA (CAN) – THE NEW SAVAGES – SKYSCRAPER STAN
14FEB2020 PHIL & TRUDY EDGELEY – THE OLD MARRIED COUPLE – BRADLEY STONE – BROOKE TAYLOR
21FEB2020 PINK WOOL PRESS – RACH BRENNAN & THE PINES – THE ETHAN FARMER BAND – ZUMA
28FEB2020 THE BLACK SWANS OF TRESPASS – NATHAN POWER – JOSHUA BATTEN BAND – THE MOJO CORNER
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NIGHTJAR FESTIVAL DATES ARE HERE!

Torquay Season – 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd January 2020

Geelong Season – 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th February 2020

It’s our 10th Anniversary of the Nightjar and we can’t wait to share our big double digit birthday with you!

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FOOD & STALL HOLDERS
Applications for the Nightjar Festival open online from the 1st August and close on 1st September each year. If you wish to be placed on our mailing list and be he first to know about becoming a stallholder, please sign up to our newsletter.

MUSICIANS, ROVING PERFORMERS, BUSKERS
If you are interested in being a perform at the Nightjar Festival just head to the contact page and send us an enquiry, we would love to hear from you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Come Work With Us

If you are honest, hard working, reliable, friendly and like working in a team environment, we’d love to hear from you!

We have three positions currently available:

Bar Manager

We are looking for an experienced bar tender to join our lively team at The Nightjar Festival as a Bar Supervisor/Manager for our Torquay festivals each Thursday from 3:00pm-11:00pm throughout January.

The successful candidate would be responsible for overseeing the running of the bar and bar staff. The individual needs to be outgoing and fun with a “can do” attitude and enjoys giving the best customer service to a variety of customers. Experience in the industry is a must. Previous bar management experience is essential with the ability to maintain beer systems and changing of kegs. The successful applicant will have the ability to manage a team of staff in a high paced and cohesive environment. Leading through example, the bar manager will ensure a happy, friendly and inviting persona from staff at all times!

To be successful in this position you will:

  • have previous experience working at a festival and/or in a high paced environment
  • knowledge of the food and beverage industry including the ability to change kegs
  • excellent customer service and communication
  • ability to lead a team
  • willingness to dress up in the spirit of the Nightjar Festival
  • hold a current RSA certificate

 

Gate Traffic Warden

We are looking for a Gate Traffic Warden to work on our contractor/stallholder gate during bump in for our Torquay festivals each Thursday from 8:30am-3:00pm throughout January.

To be successful in this position, you will need to be able to demonstrate good judgment, the ability to work under pressure, be assertive and have a high-level of communication skills, as well as a customer service-focus.

We are seeking a person who can demonstrate:

  • the ability to work quickly in a high paced environment
  • excellent customer service and communication skills
  • initiative and able to ‘think on their feet’
  • ability to work as part of a team

 

Gate Crew

The Gate Crew are an integral part of the Nightjar Team as the first point of contact for all entering the festival and ensuring the atmosphere is energetic, warm, friendly and welcoming for all.

As a gate member your primary responsibility is to ensure that patrons pay entry, are counted entering and leaving the festival, and are stamped when entering the festival. At our new ‘The Fourth Night’ festival you will be required to scan tickets  ensuring they have been purchased via the correct purchasing authority.

As the first point of contact for the festival, gate crew should endeavour to ensure they dress in colour and wear fancy dress with glitter where possible!

RESPONSIBILTIES:

Operations

  • Record all patrons (including children) entering the festival via the Tally counter supplied by Nightjar.
  • Record all patrons (including children) leaving the festival via the Tally counter supplied by Nightjar.
  • Stamp all Patrons who have paid to enter the festival.
  • Charge Patrons over the age of 12 entry fee of $5 when entering the festival.
  • Relieve Gate Crew for Dinner and Toilet breaks as required.
  • Report any suspect behavior to Security at the gate
  • Ensure all large amounts of money are secure in the locked tubes supplied.
  • Advise Head Gate girl when low on change ($5 and $10 notes).
  • Contact Area Warden where required as per your induction manual

The Fourth Night

  • Scan all tickets entering the festival
  • Stamp all patrons leaving the festival as a pass out for re-entry.
  • Record all patrons including children entering the festival via the Tally counter supplied by Nightjar.
  • Record all patrons leaving including children the festival via the Tally counter supplied by Nightjar

In addition you may be required to assist management with additional tasks that may arise on the night and or relieve staff in other locations as required.

SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE

Skills  – Happy, friendly, welcoming personalities with the ability to count and change money.

Experience – No Previous Experience required.

 

If you would like to apply for one of these positions, please follow this link and complete the application form –>  http://nightjarfestival.com.au/staff-application/

If you have any questions please contact us –> http://nightjarfestival.com.au/contact/

Nightjar Festival Dates:

Torquay

Thursday, January 4th
Thursday, January 11th
Thursday, January 18th
Thursday, January 25th

 

 

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OK GUYS, we are getting down and dirty with Nightjar’s War on Waste! When one of the Nightjar co-founders recently flew into Bali she was firstly confused, but then disgusted, by the pollution that had seemingly carved out a river of plastics kilometers long through the ocean! It’s sad to see this nonchalant attitude to rubbish; the world is full of so much unnecessary rubbish! The Nightjar co-founders have always been conscious of their footprint, they are now going to dig even deeper in an endeavor to tread lighter, creating a more sustainable future, and they want you to be apart of it! The power to save the planet rests on each individual to make a difference.

From its inception Nightjar has always been a plastic bag free event, last year we introduced the re-useable beer glasses, while the food stalls have always been required to serve their food on biodegradable products.

Come join us in stepping up our responsibility to our planet and becoming an innovative leader for events on the Surf Coast.

So here’s what we plan to implement this season:

• NO plastic bags onsite (not even biodegradable). Stallholders must sell their products in paper bags or nothing.
• NO take away coffee cups, you will be served your coffee in a mug or bring your own!
• NO plastic straws onsite (paper excepted)
• There will be NO drinks in plastic bottles for sale on any stalls. There will be free water available at both of the bars and the water fountain will be at the front entrance where you can fill your own drink bottles.
• Eating utensils will be wooden or bring your own. Plates are cardboard.
• Bins are clearly marked waste and recycle. We do have separate skips and all the recycling goes into the skip to be taken away to be recycled.
• We all love a bit of Glitter but did you realize it’s generally bad for the environment? You may not be able to choose from as many colors but our Glitter store is fully biodegradable!

WHAT CAN YOU DO AS A STALL HOLDER?

• Support our War on Waste by ensuring that you are not using plastic bags, straws, utensils, cups or plates
• No giveaways, promotional material containing plastics or single use items.
• Ensure that you are recycling your waste correctly

WHAT CAN YOU DO AS A PUNTER?

• Bring your own reusable shopping bags with you if you’re planning on visiting our amazing Stallholders
• Bring your own reusable cups, plates and utensils to use when eating and drinking
• Take an extra few seconds to make sure that you are putting your waste into the correct bins – marked waste and recycle.

WE hope that we can work on fighting this War on Waste together and can’t wait to see you at the Nightjar Festival over Summer – every Thursday throughout January in Torquay and every Friday throughout February in Geelong.

Nightjar Festival Dates:

Torquay

Thursday, January 4th
Thursday, January 11th
Thursday, January 18th
Thursday, January 25th

Geelong

Friday, February 2nd
Friday, February 9th
Friday, February 16th
Friday February 23rd

 

 

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Let the Summer Begin!

It’s the start of Summer and you all know what that means…it’s almost time for the Nightjar Festival!

Busting at the seams, the Nightjar Festival in Torquay has now added a second licensed area to relax in. Nightjar welcomes on board Geelong’s crafty folk of Southern Bay Brewery, Aireys Inlet’s boutique craft brewers – Rogue Wave Brewing, the Bellarine’s beautiful wine from Baie Wines and the famous Sangeria from Spanish Gourmet Caterers. Throughout February in Geelong you will once again see the passionate local brewers from Blackman’s Brewery featuring their brews in the boutique Driftwood bar and you will be drinking in style with the festival’s new wine bar in the Johnstone Park rotunda from Jack Rabbit Vineyard.

2017 is gearing up to offer you more of what makes this festival unique. We are all about family, community and connecting. Torquay – Thursdays evenings in January & Geelong – Friday evenings in February. We can’t wait to see you there!

Nightjar Festival Dates:

Torquay

Thursday, January 5th
Thursday, January 12th
Thursday, January 19th
Thursday, January 26th

Geelong

Friday, February 3rd
Friday, February 10th
Friday, February 17th
Friday February 24th

 

 

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