The search is on for Gippsland’s best original music artists

Wellington Shire Council in conjunction with Theatre Gippsland and Esso Australia announce the launch of Gippsland Live, a digital search for Gippsland’s best musicians.

This exciting digital music competition will be held via Facebook and culminate in the major prize-winner performing at the 2021 Esso Night Under the Stars.

The contest will run over two rounds. Round one will be open to everyone to submit a video performance of an original song. Over a two-week period the videos will be uploaded to Facebook and then the voting period will begin. 

There will be two voting streams, one will be the public vote on Facebook and the second will be from peer judges. 

At the end of round one, three musicians from the judges’ vote and seven from the public will make up the top 10 for round two, which will follow the same process as round one and will culminate in our final three winners, one from the judges’ votes and two from the public vote.

Following the success of the inaugural Esso Night Under the Stars in 2019, planning is well underway for the second Esso Night Under the Stars, which has been pushed back to early 2021 with the current uncertainty surrounding events due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

ExxonMobil Australia Chairman Nathan Fay said the company was excited to be part of the Gippsland Live project. 

“We hope that the competition and stream of entries provide some virtual entertainment for the Gippsland community while our social interactions continue to be impacted by COVID-19,” he said.

“We are really looking forward to seeing the finalists perform at the Esso Night Under the Stars concert alongside a major headline act which will be announced shortly.”

Wellington Shire Council Mayor Alan Hall said the continued partnership between Council and Esso had been beneficial to the community. “There is no doubt that everyone who attended the inaugural Esso Night Under the Stars had a wonderful time,” Cr Hall said.

“This is now an opportunity for Wellington and Esso to work with the Theatre Gippsland network of five performing arts venues across Gippsland and bring us together again, especially at a time when we have been through some hardships and need some positivity.”

The Gippsland Live competition will be run through the Theatre Gippsland Facebook page at

The action will also be seen on the Facebook pages for The Wedge Performing Arts Centre, West Gippsland Art Centre, The Forge Theatre and Arts Hub, Latrobe Performing Arts and the Wonthaggi Union Community Arts Centre

To see all the entrant’s videos on Facebook follow Theatre Gippsland, The Wedge, West Gippsland Arts Centre, The Forge Theatre and Arts Hub, Latrobe Performing Arts and the Wonthaggi Union Community Arts Centre.