The Mornington Peninsula has long been home to a vibrant and energetic blues scene. Now there are plans for a new festival that its organiser hopes will become a major event on the national blues calendar.
The Mornington Peninsula Blues Festival, which will be held at Mornington Racecourse on Saturday, February 9, is the brainchild of Peninsula resident Patrick Elliget, the man behind the highly successful Mornington Peninsula Blues Sessions over the past four years. It will feature Australian rock and blues legends Ross Wilson and Phil Manning along with Chris Finnen, Lloyd Spiegel, Geoff Achison and others from 11am- 8 pm. Peninsula music-lovers will be able to enjoy food and refreshments courtesy of the Mornington Racing Club providers while they listen to eight high-class blues acts, and there will be various market stalls and displays in a celebration of what the Peninsula has to offer. Buses from Melbourne On The Move will be running to and from the festival, with pick-ups from Melbourne, Brighton, Mordialloc, Frankston, Blairgowrie, Dromana, Rosebud and Sorrento, so your transport options are sorted and you can relax and enjoy a day filled with sensational blues.
Patrick was recognised at the 2017 Victoria/Tasmania MBAS Blues Awards with the Alan Stafford Award for his contribution to blues music. To book your Mornington Peninsula Blues Festival tickets, go to mornpenbluesfest.com; for your return bus tickets, go to melbourneonthemove.com.au/listing/music-and-sporting-events