Summer in the Hills


MOUNT Evelyn comes alive with Summer In The Hills Community gathering featuring troubadour Kim Churchill and special guests Jordie Lane, Woodlock, Phil Manning, Doc White w/ Steve Williams and Dave Diprose, bringing some rootsy blues splendour to the York On Lilydale on Saturday 20th of February, 2016.

Along with the great music the festival features a host of stalls dedicated to brewers of beer, cider and wine, a huge variety of delicious food, market stalls, arts craft, vintage and loads more family friendly fun!

Kim Churchill has already accomplished some amazing feats in his short time as a professional musician, matching his lyrical artistry with fierce vocals; he is a sonic architect, using his instruments to create landscapes to animate his lyrics.

Live, he is a true virtuoso. Recognised as much internationally as he is in his homeland, having performed at headline shows, festivals and as a supporting act alike all over the planet.

In recent years he has opened for Billy Bragg and Michael Franti, and performed at many notable festivals such as Montreal Jazz, Glastonbury, Cornwall Boardmasters, Victorious, Womad, Beautiful Days, Telluride Blues, SXSW, Winnipeg Folk Festival, Byron Bay Blues Festival and many more. Kim has also been added to the 2016 Byron Bay Blues Festival lineup which will be his fifth appearance at the globally recognised event, and each time his performances have left a huge impression. 2016 will be no different.

Born to a comedian and a clown, Jordie Lane spent his early years in his parents traveling circus. Many years later, not much has changed, with Lane renowned for both his relentless international touring schedule, and his witty, comedic storytelling. Lane’s music, seems like it comes from another place and time.

Featuring Kiwi brothers Zech and Eze Walters and their mate Bowen Purcell, Woodlock formed after meeting whilst travelling overseas.

Relocating to Australia and after a short stint of writing and playing the trio bought a caravan, fixed it up, somehow got it registered and took off on an adventure up and down the east coast taking their music with them to the streets of both rural and capital cities winning fans across the country.

A member of the iconic Australian band Chain, Phil Manning is a close as you get to blues rock royalty in Australia. Over a career dedicated to the blues Phil is a leading light on the Australian blues scene. Doc White plays country blues like the devil and is one of the few modern blues artists to adopt the mandolin. Doc has won a legion of fans with his musical mastery and wicked sense of humour. Dave Diprose plays Delta Blues with all the power, passion and pizzazz you’d expect to hear on the plantations and juke joints of old Mississippi. A guitarist of renowned Dave joins a line up that is sure to guarantee that this summer in the hills will have a whole lotta soul!

Teaming up with TAC, Urban Spread “Summer in the Hills” is looking to introduce a safer alternative for a new generation of music lovers in the suburbs and hills by creating quality events closer to home, Summer in the Hills is ensuring that the joy of experiencing great Australian music doesn’t need to cost young lives on the road. Australian music is alive in the hills and with the help of TAC, Urban Spread is making sure that Australian music lovers stay alive in the suburbs and hills!

Bookings at

This month, MINT Magazine is offering you the chance to win one of two double passes to the Summer in the Hills Festival at Mount Evelyn!

To enter, go to  Winners will be announced on MINT Magazine’s Instagram page Monday 15th February 2016.

First published in Mint Magazine – February 2016

Author: Anne-Marie Tunks

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