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Watch Live Music As You Roll Down The Murray River On A Historic Paddle Steamer

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It’s feels like forever since we’ve been able to enjoy live music, so why not mark its return with something particularly memorable, like a music festival on Murray River’s historic paddlesteamers.

Riverboats Music Festival has announced a new live music series for April this year, even though Covid meant they had to cancel their regular festival experience.

Normally, the annual festival is staged in the twin Victorian towns of Echuca-Moama (about two and a half hours drive from Melbourne) on the third weekend in February, in a natural amphitheatre next to the Murray.

This year, they’re taking it to the boats. From April 16 to 18 Riverboats Cruising will present eight intimate live sets from artists including Henry Wagons, Bob Evans, Jen Cloher and Thando performing with The Horns of Leroy. 

 While you’re enjoying the tunes, you’ll be cruising along the mighty Murray River for one hour on the historic Pride of the Murray and PS Canberra paddlesteamers. You know, those really cute old school ones? Plus music. I’m so in.

“Whilst Covid sadly forced the cancellation of Riverboats in 2021, we’re so excited to be bringing some of our most beloved artists back to Echuca-Moama for this incredible series of intimate gigs,” said Festival Director David Frazer in a statement. “

Echuca’s paddlesteamers are just superb, and to be able to kick back with a drink as you meander down the Murray listening to these artists is a truly unique experience”.

Tickets are on sale now via their website.

While you’re in the area, why not hire your own houseboat and really explore the Murray River the way it should be? Here’s a guide from one of our writers who did it herself.

(Lead image: Instagram / @riverboatsmusic)