With the 2019 Gum Ball just around the corner, excitement levels are rising for punters and performers alike – and with good reason! This year’s festival is set to be bigger and better than ever. Running across three huge days from Thursday, April 25 to Sunday, April 28, the Gum Ball celebrates its fourteenth year with a huge lineup of musicians and other performers, food and market stalls, kid-friendly activities and loads more.
Two of the biggest musical drawcards this year are legendary Australian singer-songwriter Tex Perkins and former Newcastle band The Hauntingly Beautiful Mousemoon, who are getting back together for a one-off show, especially for the Gum Ball.
Most music-lovers will know Tex Perkins as the frontman of band The Cruel Sea. While he’s bringing a new act to the festival this year – Tex Perkins and the Fat Rubber Band, a ‘swampy blues’ project with guitarist Matt Walker – you can also expect to hear some Cruel Sea material. It’s a set you really won’t want to miss, so make sure you get over to Stage Two at 9:40pm on Thursday 25th.
Hunter Valley music-lovers are in for a nostalgic trip back to the turn of the century with the reformation of Novocastrian five-piece The Hauntingly Beautiful Mousemoon. Old and new fans alike will have the chance to revel in Mousemoon’s spellbinding brand of progressive rock.
“All five of us were very flattered when the Gum Ball crew approached us to do a one-off reformation,” says Mousemoon drummer The Duke (a.k.a. Erling Grønhaug). “We were a band that never really ‘made it’ on any level that would be recognised in the music industry, so to be asked to reunite after 12 years is a testament to what we created.”
Lucky Gum Ball-goers will be treated to a magical show on Friday evening at the festival. “I have played and performed with many great bands and musicians over the years,” says Duke, “but to me personally (and, I daresay, to the other guys in the band as well), Mousemoon is the only group I have been in where I truly felt like I was part of something magic… I mean, like, actual magic!”
While the five-piece sadly parted ways all those years ago, they’re still on great terms and are especially excited to have the Gum Ball as the venue for this special reformation gig.
“In many ways, I think we were just too young to understand how to harness that [magic], and when it got too hard we decided to part ways in the end so as to retain lifelong friendships,” says Duke.
“I think it is only fair to say that we hope that the magic can be revisited, and I could not imagine a better place to do that than at a fantastic family-friendly outdoor festival in the bush! We will do everything we can to bring a spectacular show and hope everyone will join us for this very special and nostalgic moment in our lives.”
Along with Mousemoon and Tex Perkins, there’s a whole lot on offer for music lovers of all persuasions. You’ll be treated to the sounds of Sampa the Great, Magic Dirt, Mojo Juju, Augie March and loads of other artists, both local and international. Plus, there’s studio space The Tractor Shed, yoga, workshops, great food, market stalls… And to top off the family-friendly element, there’s childcare available for kids between three and thirteen years on Friday and Saturday nights.
The Gum Ball is held at ‘Dashville’ in Belford, Hunter Valley. Gates open at midday on Thursday 25th and the festival closes at midday on Sunday 28th, with ‘Sunday Wind Down’ available as an optional extra ticket for those who want one more night of camping and music.
Gum Ball tickets are available from ticket partners Humanitix (but be sure to get in quick!), with booking fees supporting youth mental health organisation ReachOut. Further info can be found at www.dashville.com.au/gumball