Who is GMF?

Team GMF use the spectacular Grampians location as inspiration for how we organise our festival, staying authentic, relatable, sustainable and grounded. We keep our community in mind, involving local businesses, local musicians and local not-for-profit organisations, and we want you, our guests, to see the wonderful beauty of the Grampians National Park while enjoying all we have to offer.

Our ticket numbers are deliberately low so you know you won’t have to push and shove for the loos, wait hours in line or feel cramped and crowded. We want to give you a joyous and friendly experience where you feel welcome and relaxed, enjoying the moment with friends and family.

Team GMF

We are the movers and shakers behind GMF, the brains, guts and heart bringing the best new music from all around Australia to the Grampians just for you!

Contact the team – info@grampiansmusicfestival.com

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Festival Director – Carly Flecknoe

Job: Owner, Harvest Halls Gap and Director of Limelight Branding and Communications

Favourite band: Death Cab for Cutie

Best GMF memory: When CC:Disco pulled a local boy, Reece, up on stage to dance alongside her decks. He was pulling out some killer moves that you only have the confidence to do when you’re 9!

Chair – Jason Hosemans

Job: Councillor, Northern Grampians Shire Council, Pharmacist

Favourite band: Cold Chisel

Best GMF memory: “Hey Geronimo” were my highlight of GMF 2017 – the energy and sound quality of their performance was amazing!

Vice Chair – Justine Linley

Job: CEO, Ballarat City Council

Favourite band: Hunters and Collectors

Best GMF memory: 19-twenty’s set! Their energy and performance made everyone get up and dance in the sunshine.

Secretary – Yasmina Khayat

Job: Youth Development Officer, business owner

Favourite band: Hmm too hard to pick but I’m listening to a lot of Methyl Ethel, King Gizz and Boo Seeka.

Best GMF memory: Sunday night! After months of planning and stressing, then stressing some more I was able to take a moment to look around at what had been accomplished. The stunning silhouette of the Grampians mountains was the backdrop to a stage being lit up by Tiger Town’s musical magic, surrounded by a bunch a super happy music loving souls; singing, smiling, dancing and connecting! We bloody did it!

Treasurer – Richard Flecknoe

Job: Owner, Harvest Halls Gap

Favourite band: Pennywise

Best GMF memory: Jason from Orange Whip getting his tatt’ed guns out for an awesome guitar solo.

Leah Heinrich

Job: Communications and PR professional, writer

Favourite band: Red Hot Chilli Peppers

Best GMF memory: I’ll never forget the high I was on at the end of our first night in 2017 when we were all singing and dancing on the Valley Floor. A woman I didn’t know was dancing next to me and I commented on her gorgeous flower crown. She gave me a big hug and said, “Here, you should have it!” and placed it on my head. For me, that summed up perfectly the vibe of our very first GMF!

Will Hudson

Job: Owner, Livefast Cafe

Favourite band:  Pennywise

Best GMF memory: Seeing former Halls Gap resident musician, Candice McLeod open up the first ever Grampians Music Festival on the Friday night.

David Nicholson

Job: Teacher at Marion College, organiser of Ararat Live

Favourite band:  The exploders

Best GMF memory: Seeing the satisfaction and pride on the faces of the committee members.

Juliette Lalli

Job: E-commerce and Content Coordinator, Venuemob

Favourite band: Tame Impala

Best GMF memory: As the last band walked off stage on Saturday night of GMF 2017, punters, musicians and buskers gathered in front of the stage for a late night singalong, making new mates and dancing the night away.

Yeti Harris

Job: Teacher

Favourite band / act: Michael Jackson

Best GMF memory: Sitting back watching the crowd dancing up a dust cloud while the sun was setting behind the stage and over the mountains.

Dee Kelly

Job: Nurse

Favourite band / act: My first record – The Pretenders, and I love Chrissie Hynde.

Best GMF memory: Watching the audience looking relaxed, dancing and really appreciating and loving all the music.