The Gum Ball announces final acts for 2023 and accepts Regional Event Accelerator Funding

by the partae

The Hunter Valley’s most cherished cultural escape, The Gum Ball, today announces its final 15 acts for this year’s festival, including the exciting addition of one of Australia’s greatest rock acts Baby Animals.

It’s a bumper line up, complete with 39 live performances across three days for the 18th edition of the prestigious bushland festival, which is held at Dashville at Lower Belford, over the last weekend of the April school holidays, 21-23rd April 2023.

Alongside today’s line up announcement, comes some more positive news with the venue Dashville, proud to announce they were successful in their application to the NSW Government’s Regional Events Accelerator Fund, receiving funding support to assist in increasing inclusivity and accessibility for patrons at the event.

Festival Founder and Director Magpie Johnston said about the funding;

“Wow. It feels like such a tip of the cap to all our hard efforts. Not just in getting through the last couple years, but in the grass roots establishment of The Gum Ball festival since it started way back in 2005.

We’ve come a long way since our humble beginnings. We started this festival because we wanted more live music in our community, it was a real fight back then and to see where it’s come to is a bit surreal. To achieve this support at such a pivotal time post-covid, it really means a lot.

Having the ability to fund improvements in accessibility at the venue is a major boost for our long-term mission. The Gum Ball has always been about inclusiveness, so we’re stoked to be able to continue moving in the right direction, providing a more approachable outdoor space for all music lovers!”

So, it’s a good news day for music lovers, with the festival destined to make a sound contribution to community, providing free accessible public transport options, as well as a wheelchair viewing podium, handrails and access ramps and a dedicated arterial pathway throughout the venue connecting facilities and service areas.

Spring forward into positive vibes! Now for more info on who’s coming to join the party!

Joining today’s announcement of Suzi Demarchi and her incredible rock band the Baby Animals is the original founding member of arguably Australia’s greatest band ever, The Skyhooks, please welcome Bob ‘Bongo’ Starkie and his incredible Skyhooks Show.

Dashville is also pleased to welcome indigenous 12 piece Gambirra Mob, as well as Sydney based indie pop newcomers Dande and The Lion. On the Saturday morning, kids will go wild to the rockin’ sounds of Bunny Racket. The mighty Dashville Progress Society will make a return, as will regional Victorian sonic explorer Coda Chroma.

Other local favourites include Johnston City, Burger Joint, Les Poétes Pop and The Appointments.

Young Gums Youth Mentorship returns in 2023, with applications now open until March 20. This year the five-day immersive project targeted specifically for teenagers interested in music, will also feature special YG showcase performances by previous Young Gums alumni, now performing in bands Goon Gremlins and ELESTIAL. They’ll be joined by two other young local acts showcasing on the Friday, Tyrants and Sitting Down.

These artists follow previous announcements which include other leading acts, MUDHONEYPaul DempseyThe Sheepdogs, Ainslie WillsDarren Hanlon and Party Dozen.

The Gum Ball’s Line Up in full below

 

MUDHONEY (USA) + BABY ANIMALS + PAUL DEMPSEY + THE SHEEP DOGS (CAN) + AINSLIE WILLS + BOB BONGO STARKIE’S SKYHOOKS SHOW + FIRST BEIGE + DATURA4 + CABLE TIES + PARTY DOZEN + THE NEW CHRISTS + FULL FLOWER MOON BAND + BUNNY RACKET + DARREN HANLON + FLOWERTRUCK + WILSN + BURGER JOINT + GAMBIRRA MOB + TURTLE SKULL + CODA CHROMA + JOHNSTON CITY + BEN LEECE & LEFT OF THE DIAL + VELVET TRIP + RUM JUNGLE + BOOMCHILD + TRIP FANDINO + TALL SHAUN & THE RESOLUTION BLUES + DANDE AND THE LION + CORMAC GRANT BAND + LES POÉTES POP + DAPHZIE + SPUZ + SAYLOR & THE FLAVOR + THE APPOINTMENTS + YOUNG GUMS

 

Plus, the Young Gums Showcase featuring GOON GREMLINS, ELESTIAL, TYRANTS and SITTING DOWN.

The Gum Ball brings a fine selection of esteemed musical guests and showcases them in an intimate setting one by one at the prestigious Dashville venue. Expect an incredible journey of music, covering a huge mix of genre and style, alongside live art, comedy, pro skateboarding, markets, workshops, camping and more.

In 2023, the festival continues in its purpose to connect community and culture, with distinct homage to the traditional owners of the land, the Wonnarua people.

The Gum Ball runs from 2pm Friday, April 21 all the way through to Monday morning, 24th April 2023.

Full weekend and single day tickets are on sale now through Humanitix via www.thegumball.com.au

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