The Phillip Island live music scene is active and vibrant, enhanced by great venues in San Remo.
Several hotels and restaurants have live bands as well as DJ’s, mainly on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights.
During the year the main music festival is the Phillip Island Jazz Festival.
Phillip Island Jazz
Festival is held around mid-November.
For jazz lovers this is a wonderful toe-tapping weekend with various bands and solo performers wowing the audience.
Mark November on your calendar for this popular festival. Tickets sell fast.
Watch out for Sunday Jazz, held monthly, with live performances at the Phillip Island Bowling Club in Cowes.
(Photo courtesy of Phillip Island Jazz Club)
Dimples Lounge Bar at 5 Thompson Avenue, Cowes, not only has live music but open mic, trivia and dance classes.
Relax with a selection of cocktails, wines and spirits and eat delicious wood-fired pizzas.
Upstairs is a cocktail lounge plus a roof top beer garden with views over Westernport Bay.
Open Wednesday to Friday from 5.00pm to 11.30pm, and Saturday and Sunday from 3.00pm to 11.30pm.
Tipsy Cowe on The Esplanade, Cowes has live music and themed nights plus karaoke.
Rusty Water Brewery is located on Phillip Island Road opposite the Koala Conservation Reserve.
Music starts from 7.00pm Friday nights.
Order dinner from the restaurant and kick back and listen to blues, folk or country music.
Enjoy the cosy fires in winter and try one of the brews.
Cheeky Goose Cafe in Chapel Street, Cowes, has live music on Friday and/or Saturday nights. Enjoy a drink at the bar or stay for dinner. Get cheeky!
Phillip Island Winery, Berrys Beach Road, Ventnor, is a major Phillip Island live music venue. There are large outdoor concerts mainly during the summer, on their wide green lawns in front of the Cellar Door.
Enjoy artists performing blues, roots, jazz and folk music plus more.
Keep a watch on the website for dates and artists.
Food and wine (of course!) are available for purchase. Have lunch or just nibble at a platter or share plate.
The wineries grape vines are lying fallow at the moment but wines sourced from the surrounding Gippsland area are available for tasting or enjoying with your meal. Want to take a favourite wine away? No problems, just purchase at the cellar door.
Visitors can check out The Yards for flowers or lovely and unusual gifts.
There is lots happening at the winery - it might be yoga or a workshop. Check online for what's happening.
Open 11.30am to 5.30pm. Closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays. These days may change during summer holidays.
Summer and winter the winery is a great Phillip Island live music destination.
Purple Hen Winery runs "Music at The Hen" in January, a program of live music performances by various artists.
Held every Friday evening in January on the winery lawns, with wine and platters available for purchase. Or bring your own picnic (no BYO wine). There are some tables and chairs but a lovely idea is to bring your own chair and/or rug for a delightful evening in the twilight.
Wooli Tavern in Cape Woolamai focuses on local musicians with live music most weekends.
Every January the Ocean Sounds Festival is held on Churchill Island.
Patrons can bring picnic rugs, partake in local wines and gourmet food and enjoy the amazing music line-up as the sun sets over Westernport Bay. A more picturesque setting would be hard to find!
The Westernport Hotel in San Remo is a hive of entertainment on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays with plenty of free and ticketed live music.
Bands and solo artists play a mix of music genres such as blues, indie and progressive rock.
In a great location on Marine Parade, near the bridge, The Westernport also has a bistro with a comprehensive menu.
Also on Marine Parade in San Remo is the San Remo Hotel – another terrific live music spot. Check it out for a mix of music from roots to rock.
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