Festival Of Sails

Mental As Anything And Ross Wilson Headline Australia Day Entertainment

Aussie rock legend Ross Wilson is set to headline a stellar line-up of entertainment as Geelong parties during the Festival of Sails over the Australia Day weekend!

Mental As Anything, Festival of Sails, Australia Day Weekend
Mental As Anything will headline a stellar line-up of Festival of Sails entertainment over the Australia Day weekend.

Twice inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame, ‘Mr Eagle Rock’ Ross Wilson has been wowing audiences for more than 45 years and his career is showing no signs of slowing down. From Daddy Cool to Mondo Rock and as a solo artist and respected songwriter, Ross Wilson continues to win acclaim and he will be performing live with The Peacenicks in the Festival Regatta Village on Friday, January 26.

The stunning voice of X-Factor finalist Nathaniel Willemse will light up the stage in Steampacket Gardens on Australia Day when he performs a tribute show to soul legend, Marvin Gaye.

The Voice finalist and local artist, Michael Stangel will also be rocking the Regatta Village late on Australia Day with all Australian music classics.

Mental As Anything

The party continues in the Regatta Village on Saturday, January 27 with Mental As Anything set to headline, playing their greatest hits.

There’s something for everyone in the Festival entertainment line-up with popular Australian children’s performers, The Mik Maks charming the kids and the Royal Australian Navy Jazz Band returning for an encore performance on Australia Day.

Festival of Sails Chairman, Peter Alexander says there will be something for everyone on offer with the broad range of entertainment being brought together to mark the 175th anniversary of the iconic sailing event.

“We’re thrilled with the line-up and who better to help us celebrate everything Australian over the Australia Day weekend than Ross Wilson, Mental as Anything, Nathaniel and Michael Stangel in these huge – and free – shows!”

Entry is free to all areas of the Festival of Sails, although wristbands are required to enter the area after 5pm.

Wristbands can be ordered online via the Festival of Sails website or can be collected from the Royal Geelong Yacht Club from Monday, January 15, 2018.

“Everyone is invited to join us for the party, but we are limited for space in the Regatta Village. So while the entertainment is all free we’re asking people to make sure they get their entry wristbands early, ahead of the event and arrive early,” says Mr Alexander.

“Once we’ve reached our maximum number that we can safely fit in the Village precinct we will need to shut the gate,” he says.

“Mind you, I have no doubt you’ll still be able to hear and enjoy the fabulous music even if you’re outside the Village!”

The main entertainment stages for the 2018 event will be in the Regatta Village and Steampacket Gardens.

And for the 2018 event, the Festival of Sails is also partnering with Courthouse Youth Arts to provide a third entertainment stage on Transvaal Square.

This stage will showcase local up and coming youth artists of Geelong and give them an opportunity to perform in front of the Festival of Sails crowds. The line-up for the Transvaal Square stage will be released in mid-January on the Festival of Sails website.

To view the full entertainment line up for Steampacket Gardens and Regatta Village stages, click here