Local indie folk outfit set to charm at Handpicked Festival

For six-piece indie folk group The Winter Gypsy, hitting the same stage as some of Australia’s hottest musos at this weekend’s Handpicked Festival will be quite the coup.

The homegrown outfit will perform before thousands of people at Langhorne Creek’s Lake Breeze Wines on November 11 after taking out the event’s local acts competition.

The Winter Gypsy beat hundreds of applicants to snag a spot in the lineup.

“We’ve managed to support a large quantity of interstate acts in the last two years thanks to local bookers,” the band says in a statement.

“We were all on tour when we won, so we couldn’t believe the news.

“We’re all so chuffed.”

Forming from four separate bands in August, 2015, The Winter Gypsy’s tracks range from soft folk melodies and haunting vocal harmonies to soaring, upbeat instrumentals.

Often compared to The Middle East, Bon Iver and Bombay Bicycle Club, the band’s sound is complemented by a complex range of instruments.

Handpicked Festival organiser Kate Cooper says the local acts competition receives about 200 applicants every year.

“I listen to a lot of music all night long and select three key artists and then we put it to a poll on social media,” she says.

Last year's Handpicked Festival attracted thousands to Lake Breeze Wines, an idyllic backdrop for enjoying good music, food and wine.

The 2016 Handpicked Festival attracted thousands to Lake Breeze Wines, an idyllic backdrop for enjoying good music, food and wine.

“We’re so proud to see a number of our past local acts get their big break with Paige Renee Court now doing amazing things, Timberwolf doing exceptionally well and Ash Gale kicking goals.”

Kate says the competition came down to the wire and therefore talented SA muso Alana Jagt will also hit the stage to mesmerise crowds with her pop/folk tunes.

Other performers include premier party band Jimmy and the Mirrors, vintage pop sensations Leo, alternative pop group San Cisco and indie outfit The Jezabels.

Flower crowns are a must-have Handpicked accessory.

Flower crowns are a must-have Handpicked accessory.

Headlining the Handpicked bill are ARIA award-winning singer-songwriter Matt Corby and Aussie rockers Jet, who are performing their first gig in SA in six years.

Handpicked Festival will not only be a feast for the ears, but a feast for food and wine lovers too.

The event will feature some of SA’s finest food trucks, offering Mexican, Greek, Italian and French cuisines, as well as eats to satisfy vegos, vegans and gluten free-goers.

Caterers include SA favourites Let Them Eat, Gourmet Grillerz, La Cantina Co, Squid Inc., Orexi, Melt and Bean Machine, PōPSICOOL, and La Creperie.

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The Barrel Bar is for quenching thirsts.

Drinks will be served at The Barrel Bar, created out of a five-metre high wall of vintage wine barrels.

In a Handpicked first is the Cocktail Forest, a boutique bar offering a menu using Lake Breeze’s moscato, rosé and vermentino.

The Lane will be a space for local artisans to showcase their wares, while flower crown, face painting, body art and henna stalls will ensure festival goers look the part.

Handpicked Festival is on Saturday, November 11.

For tickets, accommodation advice and bus transfers visit the website.

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