ChillOut Festival returns to Daylesford this February

Chillout-Festival-ParticipantsChillOut Festival is bringing the magic back and transforming Victoria’s Central Highlands into Queer Country in one of Australia’s largest and much-loved LGBTIQA+ event from 27 February to 8 March 2021.

The 24th ChillOut Festival promises ten days of fabulous events joyfully curated to bring vibrancy and colour, headlined by much-lauded Mo’Ju with a multi-genre live musical set at the majestic Hepburn Pavilion Ampitheatre.

The celebration of Daylesford’s natural beauty and pristine bush surrounds continues with an outdoor Drag Jamboree extravaganza featuring Polly Filla, Lady Diamond and Jimi the Kween and more at The Pavilion!

2021 will also see the festival debut of the award-winning podcast and live storytelling project Queerstories, with host and director Maeve Marsden. Two nights of live comedy from Australia’s best female comedians including Lori Bell, Kirsty Webek, Alex Ward and Jude Perl, Bobby Macumber, Scout Boxall, and Selina Jenkins; musical performances by MARZ and Hussy Hicks and a must-see, must-hear in-conversation event with 2021 ChillOut Festival Ambassador, Patricia Karvelas.

The diverse program also includes visual arts and exhibitions, tours, wellbeing events, family activities, picnic days with DJ sets, the famous ChillOut dog show and a massive (and COVID-safe) street parade.

“We’ve carefully curated a festival that offers something for everyone: music, comedy, theatre, talks, tours and a whole lot of queer community pride. Reflective storytelling and activations are only part of it,” saidMichele Bauer, Festival Director. “ChillOut 2021 is a time for renewal and joy. There’s never been a more important time for festival fans to get back to Daylesford and celebrate the arts and queer pride.”

To celebrate the strength of the LGBTIQA+ community, festival-goers are invited to gather at Lake Daylesford on 3 March to participate in the planting of 30 trees creating a Grove of Gratitude – an initiative to honour past and present community members, with a special ceremony to follow. ChillOut Festival is an all-inclusive, family-friendly event celebrating the diversity and positivity of the LGBTIQ+ community.

The 2021 ChillOut Festival takes place in Daylesford from Saturday 27 February to Monday 8 March. Tickets are now on sale. For more information and full program, visit: for details.

Image: ChillOut Festival Participants (supplied)