Having sold out in record time last year, Winter Sounds has once again been handed the keys to some of the region’s most extraordinary buildings, with performances to be staged in out-of-the-way bush halls, historic churches and gold-rush era buildings across the townships of Daylesford, Glenlyon, Bullarto and Clunes.

The 2023 Winter Sounds Festival will run over the weekend of August 17 to August 20.

Winter Sounds Director Dave Frazer said: “Winter Sounds is about providing audiences with the opportunity to experience extraordinary performances in extraordinary spaces, and we are excited to be rugging up and returning to the Daylesford region this winter”.

All shows are individually ticketed so audiences can curate their own Winter Sounds experience.

For one of the more unique shows in the series, music fans have an opportunity to travel aboard a vintage train to the historic Bullarto Hall for exclusive sets by Gareth Liddiard, Adalita, Martin Frawley and Jess Ribeiro. After a half hour journey through the Wombat State Forest on the Spa Country Railway, it’s a leisurely wander up an old bush track to Bullarto Hall, where the fire drums will be roaring and the Mountain Goat tinnies will be on ice.

Alternatively, audiences can take a leisurely drive past potato fields and extinct volcanoes to the picturesque town of Clunes, where Watty Thompson and Leah Senior will perform in the historic and fabulously ornate Clunes Town Hall.

Back in Daylesford, the phenomenal vocals of Mo’Ju supported by Ballarat’s Coda Chroma will transform the lush Daylesford Town Hall on Saturday night. Jen Cloher and Tex Perkins & Matt Walker will take over St Peter’s Catholic Church for two exquisite evening concerts. Both historic buildings will be spectacularly lit by the team from RTR Productions to showcase the architecture of these extraordinary buildings.

For a full program listing, visit the Winter Sounds website.