Music in the Sticks

Music in the Sticks (MITS) is for young people in the Macedon Ranges Shire aged 14 to 25 years with an interest in the music industry. It has been running for over 15 years and provides skills and experience in a range of areas such as:

  • event management
  • sound and lighting
  • photography and film
  • publicity and management
  • live and studio recording
  • sound production
  • hospitality.

The group meets every second Tuesday (except school and public holidays) at the Kyneton Youth Portable, Hutton Street (behind the Kyneton Town Hall) from 4.30pm-6pm. Food and drinks provided.

The MITS crew are currently recruiting new members. Contact (03) 5422 0333 or email for more information.

2023 Battle of the Bands - applications now open

Applications for bands, duos, and soloists to compete in Music In The Sticks 2023 Battle of the Bands are now open.

The event will be held on Friday 28 July at Kyneton Town Hall.

Before your apply, make sure you have read the artist conditions(PDF, 54KB)

Apply now

Applications close Monday 19 June.

Event and workshops coming up

Junkyard Wizards crowned Battle of the Bands 2022 winner!

Battle of the Bands rocked Kyneton Town Hall on Friday 29 July 2022.


  • Junkyard Wizards
  • The Mods
  • The Seventh Circle
  • The Trentham Trio
  • Sack of Flour
  • The Ivy Walkers

The event, which was hosted by Council’s Music in The Sticks (MITS) crew, saw around 300 people flock to the town hall, providing participants the ultimate opportunity to refine their skills in performing, live audio, lighting and video, and event management in front of an eager crowd.

The competition was open to young people aged 12–25 years in the Macedon Ranges including solo artists, duos and bands.

Two awards were up for grabs on the night including the Judges Prize and the People’s Choice Prize. The judging panel consisted of two community members from the local music scene, a young person and a representative from Council.

Congratulations to winners Junkyard Wizards, who took home the Judges Prize and received a merchandise pack valued at $500 to help support the promotion of their music.  

The Mods won the People’s Choice Award by drawing the largest audience and took home a $200 voucher for Manny’s/Store DJ, a leading music retailer in Australia.