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Cabaret star and performer Dolly Diamond chats with us about her involvement in Daylesford's ChillOut Festival this Labour Day weekend

Ms Diamond, you’ve been keeping busy; hosting at Carnival and the LOL Big Gay Comedy Nights and your own Midsumma show, and now you’re going bush for ChillOut in Daylesford. You’re not spreading yourself too thin, are you?
Hello Tim… yes it's always a busy summer and I'm always happy to be wanted. ChillOut is such a fun time and I'm so looking forward to it. I pretty much start working the moment I arrive but I doubt me and "too thin" have ever been linked together before, mind you "spreading" has.

So what will you be getting up to at ChillOut?
Well, Friday I host the Slowest Charity Lunch at Sault restaurant. Saturday I'm hosting a day at the Kyneton Races, which was great fun last year. There’ll also be lots of walking or swaying home with no shoes on. Saturday night I’ll be performing at the newly opened Rex Theatre in 'UP Dolly Diamond'. Early on Sunday is the street parade around the town. I love this parade, just seeing so many locals all out and about and waving madly. And then Sunday afternoon Luke Gallagher and I host what is a wonderful day of entertainment at the ChillOut Carnival.

And what is the attraction of ChillOut to a sophisticated and international cabaret star like yourself?
I've always loved ChillOut because they've always made me feel so welcome. I see it with other people though every time I go there. The town comes alive and people just seem to relax the moment they get out of the city. It's not pretentious and it delivers exactly what it says on the can: a fun and friendly time in the country.

What else do you have in store for us in 2013?
My next venture is a tribute to Country and Western music. I've always loved country music and it’s laced with so many "You done me wrong" songs, and nothing says comedy cabaret like a bit of musical misery.

Thanks for your time, Dolly; I know it’s precious…
Lovely to share, and always happy to take a bit of time out, so to speak!

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Updated on 24 Feb 2014.

By Tim Hunter   |  

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