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