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.
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 – firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.