Listeners tuning in to JOY 94.9 on Monday March 1 — or streaming the station via — are in for a ChillOut-themed treat.

The Daylesford gay and lesbian festival, which runs over the Labour Day long weekend March 5-8, takes over JOY 94.9 for the day to give listeners a preview of what’s in store.

From 6am on the day, the station will feature music and interviews from artists appearing at the festival, news and information from festival organisers and local luminaries about the entertainment, food, wine, sports, activities, exhibitions in Daylesford and surrounding towns.

“It’s a first for ChillOut and a first for JOY. The biggest and best country gay festival in Australia and the only fulltime GLBTI radio station in the country make ideal partners, bringing a taste of ChillOut to all Australia,” ChillOut coordinator, JOY presenter and Southern Star columnist Doug Pollard said.

“But it’s only a taste — nothing beats the full-on ChillOut experience, as an Australian country town turns gay for four whole days.”

This year’s ChillOut has one of the best entertainment line-ups assembled for the festival, with dance act Black Dogs featuring Zoe Badwi and DJ Mark John, Melbourne’s own Deborah Conway, Renée Geyer, Mzz Erin Tasmania and Anthony Menchetti all signed to appear.

There are limited spaces still available for retail and community stallholders on Carnival Day, but they are filling fast. And with tickets for key festival events available now via the festival website, punters need to book early.
The ChillOut Festival will be held across Daylesford and Hepburn Springs.

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