With music festivals popping up frequently in every corner of the country, especially in these times of post-COVID restrictions, an event has to be extra special to warrant intrastate or interstate travel. Riverboats Music Festival is one such event, and the reason is in its name. A mainstay of Victoria’s Echuca-Moama region which will celebrate its 11th installment in 2023, it usually holds its festival on the banks of the Murray River – and includes intimate shows on the PS Pevensey paddle steamer.
Due to the 2022 flooding of the event’s usual home at the Aquatic Reserve, the 2023 festival is actually moving to the Victoria Park Reserve in Echuca when it returns from Friday February 17th to Sunday February 19th. But the music on a riverboat party remains, as planned separately. So you can head to the area for three days of music as part of the larger event, spend your time on the river, or mix the two.
Leading terrestrial programming: Marlon Williams, Spiderbait, CW Stoneking & His Primitive Horn Orchestra and The Whitlams, plus The Rolling Stones Revue with Adalita, Phil Jamieson and Tex Perkins. That’s a whole bunch of great talent from across Australia and New Zealand, and that’s just the start of Bill 2023.
Alice Skye, Felix Riebl, Andy Golledge, WILSN, Bones & Jones and Watty Thompson are also on the roster, and also play paddle steamer. If you opt for the boat option, you’ll hear their sets while cruising down the river, in the kind of party experience you really don’t get at every event.
“Echuca-Moama has gone through an incredibly difficult time over the past few weeks, and our hearts go out to everyone affected by the recent flooding,” festival director Dave Frazer said in announcing the lineup.
“Riverboats has been a part of the Echuca-Moama community for over years now, and while we are sad to be leaving the aquatic reserve next year, we look forward to putting on a spectacular show at Victoria Park in a few months.” He continued.
If you’re excited, the last festival sold out in just six days, so getting tickets as soon as possible is recommended.
2023 RIVERBOATS MUSIC FESTIVAL PROGRAM:
CW Stoneking and his Primitive Horn Orchestra
The Rolling Stones Revue with Adalita Phil Jamieson and Tex Perkins
Andy Golledge Group
Bones & Jones
MC Brian Nankervis
The 2023 Riverboats Music Festival will take place from Friday, February 17 through Sunday, February 19 at Echuca’s Victoria Park Reserve, with tickets on sale now.