The Gum Ball returns on Anzac Day, Thursday, April 25 from midday and runs until midday on Sunday, April 28. This year there are many sights and sounds for people of all ages, with a line-up of performers, food and market stalls. Announced food stalls include the Taiwanese street food of Bao Brothers and the Mediterranean morsels of Cyprus Kitchen.
There's also loads of stuff for the kids, including craft workshops, a reptile show and The Circus Playground and more kid-friendly festivities yet to be announced.
The first rule of The Gum Ball is that there aren't any rules. It's not a folk festival, a blues festival, a jazz festival or a rock festival. Nor is it a dance or hip hop festival. In its 15 years of existence, the annual boutique Belford bash is nothing more than a celebration of music in all its forms, for the purists - people who possess a diverse palette. People who want to bask in the glory days and also dig into modern music to discover something new. It's already the biggest line-up of the festival’s 15-year history, and Dashville continues to add even more incredible artists to the bill as we go to print.
The line-up of Gum Ball 2019 again brings together Oz music legends with a fresh crop of future stars and international gems. From America, England, Mexico and the far corners of Australia, The Gum Ball 2019 roster has something for everyone!
Heading the lineup is the towering titan of Aussie rock and his new outfit, Tex Perkins & The Fat Rubber Band. As the voice of the mighty Beasts of Bourbon, The Cruel Sea, Tex, Don and Charlie, Tex Perkins and the Dark Horses and the sell-out hit Johnny Cash tribute The Man in Black, Tex has etched his name into the annals of Australian music history. This new project, featuring guitarist and collaborator Matt Walker (Lost Ragas), rolls around in the mud of swampy blues-rock - expect new music and maybe a few Cruel Sea tunes.
Sampa the Great is one of the most important artists in the country. Small in stature but giant in voice, the Zambia-born Botswana-raised singer, rapper and poetic lyricist tackles big issues and ideas with her hybrid of hip hop, soul, traditional African and pop. With her full band in tow, you can expect Sampa to be very great at The Gum Ball 2019.
With sell-out shows, critical acclaim, ARIA nominations and a spectacular new record under her belt, it seems the world has woken up to the brilliance of Mojo Juju. A long-time resident of Newcastle, before relocating to Melbourne, Juju has visited Dashville previously for PigSty in July. That was a stunning show, but this one looks set to be even bigger and better.
From the Californian coast come, Allensworth, Led by Jamie Allensworth, a soulful man with a golden set of tonsils. His approach pays tributes to some of souls greatest, all the while staying true to his unique craft of songwriting.
From the sunny NSW coastal township of Woolgoolga, comes Then Jolene. An eight-piece family band who play a raucous brand of swampy bluegrass-inspired folk. At PigSty In July earlier this year they brought the house down, and we’re sure they’ll do it again.
When Van Duren (USA), a friend of Big Star, released his 1977 debut Are You Serious? he was touted as the next John Lennon. So why haven't you heard of him? Van Duren's career is the subject of a new Australian documentary called Waiting – The Van Duren Story. The gifted songwriter and performer is travelling to Australia, and Dashville's crowd will have the chance to see this unsung cult legend of power pop with his band.
Tickets to The Gum Ball 2019 are on sale now through new ticketing partners Humantix (visit www.events.humanitix.com.au/the-gum-ball-2019), with booking fees going to help