Hollering out for musical talents

This year's Holler Fest will be taking over Hotel Westwood on Saturday, August 13, after COVID-19 restrictions caused continuous delays following the inaugural Holler Fest in 2019. (Naomi Lee Beveridge)

From a Punjabi Australian electronic musician to a punk metal three-piece, this year’s Holler Fest will have something for everyone to enjoy.

Following a lengthy hiatus after the inaugural event, Holler Fest is returning for the 2022 event on Saturday, August 13 from 2pm until late at Hotel Westwood in Footscray.

Event organisers Chloe Morgan (she/her) and Ebony Rattle (they/them) are getting ready to host 17 bands across two stages for the event, which members of the LGBTQIA+ community are organising for the LGBTQI+ community to highlight the musical talents of female and non-binary artists.

“100 per cent of the bands have at least one woman or non-binary band member,” Ms Morgan said.

The event will be splitting all of the profits raised from the event between the Dhadjowa foundation, which provides strategic, coordinated and culturally appropriate support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families whose loved ones have died in custody, and the National Network of Abortion Funds, which aims to remove financial and logistical barriers to abortion access in the United States.

Ms Morgan said the event aims to be accessible to all people, with tickets available between $22 and $53.

“People are able to pay how much they can afford,” she said.

Hotel Westwood is also wheelchair accessible and features an accessible bathroom.

Details: www.eventbrite.com.au/e/holler-fest-2022-at-hotel-westwood-tickets-383775973267, www.dhadjowa.com.au or abortionfunds.org

Matthew Sims