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Marvellous music in picturesque setting

By Benalla Ensign

The Mokoan Music Festival will return to Chesney Vale on Saturday, March 31, with some of Australia’s best musicians performing against the stunning backdrop of the Winton Wetlands.

Set in natural bushland atop Green’s Hill, overlooking the wetlands and surrounding ranges, Mokoan Music Festival celebrates the site’s connections to indigenous culture, the community and the environment.

Headlined by legendary Australian musician Dan Sultan, the festival offers a diverse playlist — from the modern soul of Josh Owen, to the ‘‘Japanese meets blues’’ vibe of George & Noriko, with a dash of Pasifika from rising Shepparton performer Cheryl Simaika.

Winton Wetlands visitation manager Tanya McAlpin said the festival, now in its second year, provided the opportunity to showcase a diverse line-up, including both household names, and upcoming local talent.

‘‘For us, being able to incorporate Cheryl Simaika among some recognised musicians was a fantastic opportunity — her soulful renditions of some of her favourite artists are both captivating and impressive, she truly has a voice that needs to be heard,’’ Ms McAlpin said.

Young music lovers have not been forgotten, with free entry for those under 15 years of age, as well as a range of family friendly activities to keep kids busy.

At the festival, visitors will also be able to try some local fare, with producers from the neighbouring Glenrowan region setting up food and beverage trucks at the event.

And for those who want to make the most of the Easter break, Winton Wetlands is offering a limited number of lux glamping tents, complete with a queen bed, and additional fold-out single bed available.

There are also a number of bush camping sites available, just 6.5km from the event site, and next to showers and toilets.

●Mokoan Music Festival general admission tickets are $40. For more information and tickets visit: mokoanmusicfest.com