The biggest Gum Ball in the event’s 15-year history returns on Anzac Day, Thursday, April 25 and runs until midday on Sunday, April 28. The four-day festival is a smorgasbord of activity, with organisers recently announcing an extensive program of activities for old and young punters alike.
Besides adding even more acts to the already robust bill, like Central Australian desert reggae outfit Tjupi Band, raw rock duo The Ruiins and the harp-inflected soundscapes of Newcastle’s Morgana Osaki, The Gum Ball has also announced a new element – the Tractor Shed.
The Tractor Shed is an intimate space that will host live Q&As with Gum Ball headline artists like Magic Dirt, Mojo Juju, and Tamam Shud. There will also be a screening of Waiting, an Australian documentary about cult American musician Van Duren, who will also be performing at Gum Ball and doing a live Q&A about the film. Added to that will be two comedy showcases curated by Newcastle’s Big Dog Comedy and a talk from author Stuart Coupe about his hit book Roadies.
The line-up for the popular Sunday Wind Down so far features internationally acclaimed songwriter Ben Salter, and Hunter Valley favourites Demi Mitchell, Dave Wells and Andy Abra & Big River.
The Gum Ball will again be a child-friendly experience. The little ones will love clowning around in the Circus Playground, gawking at the reptile show, mask-making and theatre games with Curious Legends and puppet-making with The Squeaking Tribe. The House of Big Dreams crèche service also returns, so parents can drop the little ones off and enjoy the incredible live music. Not to mention free morning yoga classes for the energetic.
This year’s Gum Ball food line-up features flavours from around the world, with beloved Newcastle tastemakers Bao Brothers joined by East Coast Paella Co., Rustic Pizza, Cyprus Kitchen, Natural Pancake Co and vego/vegan delights from Funky Food Van.
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 and those people who possess a diverse palette, or those who want to bask in the glory days or dig into modern music to discover something new.
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.
The rest of the line-up features the likes of Augie March, William Crighton, Philadelphia Grand Jury, Psychedelic Porn Crumpets and an incredibly rare reunion by Newcastle legends The Hauntingly Beautiful Mousemoon. Limited tickets for The Gum Ball remain at www.humanitix.com
Includes entry and camping from Thursday 12pm through to Sunday 12pm.
Includes entry and camping from Friday 9am through to Sunday midday.
Includes entry and camping from Saturday 9am through to midday Sunday.
SUNDAY NIGHT EXCLUSIVE WIND DOWN
This is an ADDITIONAL NIGHT CAMPING FOR LIMITED CAPACITY. Add this to your tickets if you'd like to stay until Monday.
There will be some more live music, food options, and the bar will be open. If you were at Dashville Skyline, it'll be very similar to the Sunday. Bloody lovely way to ease out of it all.
ADULTS = $40
UNDER 18 = $20
UNDER 6 = free
KIDS CRECHE - Child minding service.
The House of Big Dreams Kids Night Club is a dedicated child minding service run by qualified child care staff for children between the ages of 3 and 13 on Friday and Saturday nights.
Tickets for this service will be $45 per child per night. Operating hours are 7pm through to 11.30pm. It is anticipated that the creche will fill up quickly so best to book well in advance.
More information at www.dashville.com.au