Triple-J artist host festival on parent’s cattle property

Campers will set up here for Spring in the Vale at the Miriam Vale farm.

Eilish Massie

A Triple-J featured artist is bringing a new festival to Central Queensland, right on her parent’s Miriam Vale cattle property.

Sunshine Coast artist, AYLA, launched Spring in the Vale in 2019, as a ‘fun thing without too much thought’. It was only after the first festival, she realised she was onto something good.

This year, organisers are bringing back the festival better than ever.

“We had 300 patrons in 2019 and we are pretty confident we will sell double that this year,” AYLA said.

The festival lineup features AYLA, herself, as well as Bearfoot, Big Blue Eyes, Ella Fence, Sailing in Space, Sue-Anne Stewart, Waxy Soup and Willa/Mai.

AYLA said she wanted to bring international and local artists together for the boutique festival.

“It’s a great opportunity to showcase international talent as well as local talent who might not necessarily get that exposure,” she said.

“We’re very hopeful the festival will create a fun, family orientated weekend that gives people under 18 to see some quality acts who usually don’t come to remote areas,” she said.

As for performing on her parent’s property, AYLA said while it felt ‘weird’ she was excited to perform on home soil.

Organisers are still looking for volunteers to help out at the festival. If you are interested, send an email to

Spring in the Vale 2021, will be held on August 28 (with overnight camping on Friday and Saturday night).

The event is an all-ages BYO and camping festival at Kenmay family farm in Miriam Vale.

There will be workshops and exhibitions from other artists, and stalls from local businesses, including a ukulele workshop, jewellery and painting exhibitions and food stalls.

For festival and camping tickets go to


AYLA: The Miriam Vale local will soon be releasing her debut album after touring Nationally with Kate Miller-Heidke and Kim Churchill. She’s also worked with producers and co-writers including Ball Park Music’s Sam Cromack, Birds of Tokyo’s Glenn Sarangapanny and Peking Duk’s Reuben Styles,

Bearfoot: “Sweat-drenched, high-energy sharing performances and catchy melodies over deep grooves are their speciality.” Bearfoot are no strangers to the festival stage, having performed Woodford, Caloundra, BIGSOUND and Big Pineapple Festivals.

Big Blue Eyes: “A diehard music fan from an early age, Ryan blends his heavy influence of Australian indie-rock staples with his knack for groove and hooks, to bring his own fresh and invigorating sound to the table.” Big Blue Eyes will be releasing their debut album in July.

Ella Fence: “Award-winning songwriter and performer Ella Fence is a power-femme genre-bending artist who has toured and performed in USA, Berlin, England (including Great Escape Festival, Alternative Escape), Canada (Canadian Music Week), and Norway, as well as nationally across Australia.”

Sailing in Space: “Often infectious with an energy that is out of this world, a Sailing In Space show always challenges the concept of Pop Norms, leaving audiences both bemused and breathless and thrilled.”

Sue-Anne Stewart: “A powerful fusion of roots and folk that reaches deep into your soul”. Sue-Anne has performed shows in Australia, Europe, Canada and the U.S. She has also graced stages with the likes of Ash Grunwald, Mat McHugh (The Beautiful Girls), Bobby Alu and Sandi Thom.

WaxySoup: “WaxySoup are a local Agnes Water Blues rock soul musical trio. Great grooves and harmonies to pass the afternoon / evening away.”

Willa\Mai: “Willa\Mai is the brand-new joint project of artists, Alvy Willa and Calan Mai. Fusing elements of storytelling folk with electronic production and synth pop.”