From breathtaking cabaret, junkyard theatre and comedic genius to powerhouse harmonies, heartbreaking ballads and howling late night jazz,  FOPA 2016 brought exciting emerging and seasoned performers to Lorne for a weekend of intoxicating shows.


2016 Drawing Room Series

The Drawing Room Series takes audiences into the living room spaces of some of the Surf Coast’s most exquisite and historically significant homes. Experience baroque, indie-folk and operatic arias in some of Lorne’s most spectacular domestic settings.

The Twilight Chorus

Combining Lorne’s history of violent seas and infamous shipwrecks with the evocative stillness of vocal harmony, the Twilight Chorus is this year’s special community creation. Guided by indie-folk darlings, All Our Exes Live in Texas, community choirs around the region join forces to showcase the power of the voice.

Welcome to Country

Lorne FOPA invites everyone to share in a traditional Welcome to Country on Gadubanud land. This Welcome and smoking ceremony cleanses the Festival site; acknowledges and pays respects to the traditional custodians, their ancestral spirits, their children and the lore of their land.  

Tom Gleeson in 2016


Tom Gleeson has one of Australia’s best comedy brains – he’s cyborg smart and instinctively hilarious. Renowned for honing his craft at every turn, he has played every major comedy festival around the world, warmed the stage for Louis CK, and was nominated for two Helpmann Awards.

2016 Jazz Party

Think speak easy, underground dive bar delights, then add some of Melbourne’s top jazz musicians and a warm and welcoming community, and you’re still only halfway to understanding the awesome that is Jazz Party. A slippery mix of jump blues, boogie, and rhythm ’n’ blues á la New Orleans.

Hooting & Howling in 2016

Phil Spencer & Elana Stone

Mixing stand-up comedy, storytelling and live music, Hooting & Howling is an autobiographical account of soul searching and ghost hunting from playwright and raconteur Phil Spencer and squeezebox troubadour Elana Stone.

The 2016 Kids Gala

We hereby present the Lorne FOPA Kids Gala, an event overflowing with circus tricks, theatrical splendour and giggles galore! Think acrobats, rock ’n’ roll hi-jinx, comedy and more. Guaranteed wide-eyed amazement and jaw-dropping good times.

2016 Free Hub Entertainment

This year we’re proud to present an array of free entertainment, keeping the FOPA Hub warm and vibrant, as we pepper the stage with some of the festival’s most enticing artists.

2016 Gala - Saturday Night

FOPA Gala is synonymous with laughter, cabaret surprises and theatrical decadence. Join us for an evening overflowing with snippets and tastes of the festival program. Stellar emcees, musical titbits and comedy gold, not to mention a trio of acrobatic darlings.

Latitude 37 in 2016


Latitude 37 represent a new generation of period instrumentalists. Sharing a unified interest in cultivating and communicating their ancient art for the modern era. Imagine ‘pop music’ of the 17th Century, from the killer hooks to the musical showpieces, transferred to the 21st Century.

2016 Chamber Made Opera

Drawing Room Series

A live living room drama of operatic proportions, Chamber Made Opera’s Turbulence features a mother and daughter high in the sky in an airline passenger cabin living out their very own musical melodrama.

Rowena Wise in 2016

From a musical family of folktastic proportions, Rowena Wise comes to FOPA cascading with sweet vocals and alchemic songwriting. Renowned for blistering harmonies and deft instrumentation, Rowena is one of the rising stars of the burgeoning Aussie folk scene.

All Our Exes Live in Texas in 2016

A fantasy draft of Sydney’s finest singer-songwriters – Elana Stone, Katie Wighton, Hannah Crofts and Georgia Mooney – All Our Exes Live in Texas is a powerhouse of harmonies from indie-folk heaven. 

Denise Scott in 2016

Denise Scott is a comedy legend. She’s disarmingly funny, witty and cheeky, and with her knack for big-hearted, shameless entertaining has been dubbed one of the country’s funniest. After 30 years on the comedy circuit, her her list of accolades now includes a Barry Award and a Helpmann Award.

The Suitcase Royale Band in 2016

Purveyors of junkyard theatre and rollicking musical mischief, The Suitcase Royale is a trio of gents who traverse the sphere of performing arts with true agility. By their own reckoning they are an atom bomb of pure theatrical and comedy power. And a band too!

Story Club


As we all know there is nothing like a good yarn to draw us closer. Much celebrated for dusting off the story book and rejuvenating the ancient craft of storytelling, Story Club is the Sydney-based institution that puts some of the country’s greatest raconteurs on stage and lets them spin. 


School Bands Showcase

Showcasing the wealth of talent overflowing from our coastal communities, you can expect nothing less than virtuosic guitars, simmering vocals and songs penned by the next generation of musical wonders. See the next Aussie legend when she or he was just a rock ’n’ roll teen!

Miles & Simone in 2016


Hip alt-country folk duo Miles and Simone weave lonesome seaside lullabies and heartbreaker ballads with aplomb. Torquay troubadour Miles O’Neill partners his songwriting prowess and brooding baritone with Simone Page Jones’ earth-shattering operatic vocals. 

Womanz in 2016

Tessa Waters

Spandex, sequins and killer dance moves collide in Tessa Waters’ multi award-winning physical comedy.The manic pixie love child of Cher and Mr Bean, WOMANz is a sexually liberated goddess of feistiness and good times, and she is here to party.

Mojo Juju in 2016

Mojo Juju is 5’3″ of wise-cracking, jump-jiving attitude wrapped up in a zoot suit and propped up on a Cuban heel. She’s constantly challenging boundaries of genre and style with her vintage rock ’n’ roll, howling jazz and growling juke-joint blues and she’ll send FOPA 2016 out in style!

Lorne Heritage Walk

Join us for a 90-minute historic tour of the town. Starting at the Lorne Visitor Information Centre, the Heritage Walk uncovers the Indigenous and European history of Lorne and district.

TV or not TV in 2016

Lorne School Production

TV or not TV is a story of technologically absorbed kids who are forced to spend time away from their devices. The kids are plunged into a world of uncertainty, as their technology obsession becomes a reality. Brought to you by Lorne Aireys Inlet P-12 College.