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For a tiny country town, Teesdale packs a mighty punch for residents in the Golden Plains Shire (30 minutes north of Geelong).  This year’s feature band is Melbourne’s latest indie music sensation “Skipping Girl Vinegar” – second place getters in the international “Unsigned Only” competition – which identifies “outstanding talent” on the world stage.

The band has been described as “an indie force of nature” by The Age and is an “album of the year” finalist.

Teesdale’s annual lantern festival has become a tradition that brings out residents and visitors from far and wide. Unlike music festivals such as Meredith and the Falls, this festival, Live@Turtle Bend, is unique in that it is a free community event that is organised “by the community for the community.”

Previous performers at the festival include Shane Howard and US Grammy winners Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band. So how does such a small town, with a…

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