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Visit Victoria and Music Victoria have partnered to engage six artists and bands from Phillip Island, Bendigo, the Dandenong Ranges, Geelong and the Bellarine, Daylesford and the Macedon Ranges and the Mornington Peninsula to create unique playlists that reflect their region’s sound.

This running initiative began last year with Evelyn Ida Morris, Tom Richardson, Alice Skye, This Way North, Benny Walker and Harry Hook Is Real. The series celebrates Victoria’s talented musicians and performing arts culture. It is supported by Visit Victoria’s Stay close, go further campaign, encouraging Victorians to turn the music up, hit the road less travelled and explore more of what Melbourne and regional Victoria has to offer.

Meet the makers below:

Phillip Island - Dainis & Ambrin (Cool Sounds)

“Phillip Island is a great place to relax for a few days, go to the beach and on walks... If you head down at low tide you can walk inside and around a little cave that is on the beach. It can look particularly amazing when the sun shines in and creates shafts of light throughout.”

Get to know Dainis & Ambrin from Cool Sounds as they share their favourite spots in Phillip Island.

Bendigo - Allara

“This playlist represents a glimpse of the music being created across so-called-Victoria. Before this place was ever a goldfield… before it was Upside-down Country, it was, and always will be, Djaara Dja."

Yorta Yorta winyarr Allara shares her favourite destinations in Bendigo and beyond.

Dandenongs - Jonnine Standish

“It’s an inspiring and fascinating insight into the traditional lifestyle of Wurundjeri Ancestors. I loved finding out about some traditional Wurundjeri medicinal uses of plants and berries. I did this walk with my bandmate Nigel, and we learnt so much about the healing history of the forest where we make our music.”

Get to know genre-defying Jonnine Standish as they share their favourite spots in the Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges.

Bellarine - Hollie Joyce

“Bellarine (Bellawiyn) is known as a resting place, I think that is why so much creativity comes out of here. This playlist captures the history and the future of the music community, as well as the memories I have as a younger musician.”

Hollie Joyce shares her favourite spots in Geelong and the Bellarine Peninsula.

Daylesford - Jae Laffer

“There's really old botanical gardens, which open up to the old viaduct. It plays with your eyes because it's like a backdrop from a Charles Dickens book. If you go up and around, you can walk along the dam wall and make it into a beautiful old cemetery.”

Singer-songwriter Jae Laffer shares his favourite spots in Daylesford and the Macedon Ranges.

Mornington Peninsula - Aaron Schultz

“This playlist encapsulates some classic Peninsula artists that I would often (and still do) watch and play alongside, along with some of the best up and coming artists from the area. I also added some of my favourite Victorian road trippin' tracks! ”

Get to know musician Aaron Schultz as he shares his favourite spots in the Mornington Peninsula.