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MORE than 2000 people were treated to an
afternoon and evening of incredible music when
Sounds of Summer made its debut at the Inver-
loch Recreation Reserve last Wednesday.
Festival directors Kate and Mick Adkins were
thrilled with the response from local patrons and
holidaymakers, and plan to bring it back next
The event was perfect for families, with the art-
ists and delicious food and drinks designed to
satisfy all tastes.
The headline act was Taylor Henderson, who
had a fanatical group of supporters who reserved
their spot at the front of the stage early in the af-
But they were swamped when he hit the stage
with revellers young and not so young dancing
away to his lively set.
Earlier, local stars Alliza Miel, Jay (Janie Gor-
don), Travis Blackney and duo Emma and Jake
showcased their immense talent.
In between, well-known artists Clare Bowditch,
Sara Storer, Fidel & Sarah and Private Life enter-
tained with their eclectic mix of incredible music
and audience interaction.
Kate said the artists were thrilled to be a part
of the event.
“They were so impressed with the festival and
cannot believe it was the event’s first year.
“Everyone was impressed with the calibre of all
our acts including our local superstars.
“Sara and Clare were extremely well received
and Taylor was quite popular with the young ones
at the end of the night.
“He also stayed on for quite a while afterwards
signing autographs and taking pics!”
Steady rain fell in the morning during the set
up before a very warm afternoon welcomed the
Some strong winds whipped up but didn’t last
long, making way for a balmy evening perfect for a
The crowd was perfectly behaved, fitting for a
“We had a mix of lovely people across all genders
and ages,” Kate said.
“We were so fortunate to not have any trouble.
Our security were very impressed and they did a
Kate said the food vendors were also pleased.
“The food vendors and wide range of selection
was a hit! A few of our vendors sold out while oth-
ers were happy with that they had achieved.
“Local businesses and community groups were
also part of the event giving it a great sense of com-
“We must thank our major supporter, Inverloch
and District community bank and all our spon-
sors, supporters and patrons on such an amazing
Kate and Mick will make a donation to the Love
Your Sister foundation to promote breast cancer
awareness, although not quite to the extent they
“Whilst 2000 tickets was a great achievement for
our first year it did not meet the 5000 we needed
to donate to the capacity we wanted to. “However,
we will still be donating and hope to raise it by a
lot more in 2017.
“We would love to see the Sounds of Summer
again in 2017.
“Overall we were so happy with the way the event
ran. With some little tweaking here and there we
can see the event continuing on for years to come.
“We are taking expressions of interest for 2017
and encourage sponsors, artists and food vendors
to email us on info@inverlochsoundsofsummer.
Oh, what a night!
Sounds of Summer a hit in Inverloch
Sounds of Summer organisers Kate and Mick Adkins take a breather at
the end of a busy and successful event. N140117
Taylor Henderson had a fan club with special We
Love Taylor T-shirts. They reserved their spot at the
front before the show. He had many more admirers
after his energetic set; parents most definitely in-
Clare Bowditch loves Inverloch just as much as the
crowd loved her. N250117
Emma and Jake, a Bass Coast duo, played
a fabulous early set as the punters settled in.
Leongatha’s Jay (Janie Gordon) was amaz-
ing on stage. Those who hadn’t heard her
before raved about her performance. Alliza
Miel, another Mary MacKillop College stu-
dent, played earlier and was another crowd
Fidel and Sarah whipped the crowd into action with some fun, high energy tunes. N180117
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