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BITTER & TWISTED BOUTIQUE BEER FESTIVAL 2019: Your guide to the big weekend & info on how to get tickets, while you still can!

Is it that time of year already? Yes, it’s time once again to prep yourself for the Hunter’s biggest Boutique Beer Festival – Bitter & Twisted!

Rolling into it’s home at Maitland Gaol on Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd of November, this year’s festival promises to be one you’re still talking about years later.

We’ve got all the info you need to nab some tickets (while you still can – this event sells out!) and make the most out of the weekend!



Newcastle soul-tronic duo BOO Seeka and iconic Brisbane band Custard will headline the 2019 Bitter and Twisted Boutique Beer Festival, when it returns to Maitland Gaol on Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 November. The rest of the lineup is just as diverse.

Saturday 2 November

BOO Seeka
Saturday: 4.20pm – 5.30pm
BOO Seeka revealed their new single ‘Rush’ in January and we can’t wait to see them play it live inside Maitland Gaol in November.

Saturday: 2.50pm – 4.00pm
Bullhorn are an acoustic force of nature with a line up including seven horn players, one drummer and one monster MC. DO NOT MISS THIS SET!

Saturday: 1.20pm – 2.20pm
Their single ‘The Ride’ has got everyone talking and we can’t wait to see what this local band have got in store for their set at Bitter & Twisted.

Saturday: 11.50am – 1.00pm
Featuring a line up of banjos, sousaphone, national guitar and the pots and pans, like the cure-all tonics of old, The Long Johns are good for what ails you.

Saturday: 10.30am – 11.30am

A blast from the past! This local act explodes in a ball of energy on stage with their giant dancing rubiks cube mascot… CUBIE!

Sunday 3 November

Sunday: 2.50pm – 4.00pm
Talk about a blast from the past! Custard are back baby, and they’re just as fun as they were ‘back in the day’. Their set will be a real highlight of the festival.

Sunday: 1.20pm – 2.30pm

Just returned from their 4th European tour. Based in Brisbane, the Hi-Boys are a band you won’t want to miss.

Sunday: 11.50am – 1.00pm

Burger Joint’s here to bring the fun back to live music, and festivals are where they belong. The charismatic live show is a huge sound with plenty of guitar solos over the back of the head, percussion breakdowns, and a stage presence that is like having a party with your closest mates – and lets not forget the sequin jackets.

Sunday: 10.30am – 11.30am

In 2016, at the age of 15, she won the ‘Rising Star’ competition in Brisbane which gave her the life-changing prize and opportunity of a musical journey to Nashville for unique recording and songwriting sessions. Lilli has a great bag of songs perfect to kick off your Sunday at Bitter & Twisted.


The majority of the food can be found under the marquee in the middle of the Gaol and will include a range of options from across the globe – everything you could possibly want to eat with a cold brew.

Bitter & Twisted aims to accompany all the delicious beverages at the event with equally delicious gourmet food choices.

If there’s one thing for sure, you won’t leave hungry.


Let’s be honest, music is great but we’re all here for one thing… BEER!

This year sees some of Bitter & Twisted’s favourite brewers return with some new favourites to be discovered too!

At the Festival you will find beer behind every corner and in every cell block. You can grab a beer and take a seat on the exercise yard to watch all the action on the main stage. If it gets a bit hot out there you can retreat to A or B Wing to find a tap takeover and beer masterclasses. Or if you have a true appreciation for beer, meet the brewer sessions are the perfect place for you.

You can expect the likes of Akasha Brewing, Dusty Miner Craft Brewery, Foghorn Brewhouse, Hunter Beer Co, Modus Operandi, Six String Brewing Company, Young Henrys, Sydney Brewery and many more!

DONT LIKE BEER: If beer isn’t for you there will be wine, cider, soft drinks and water also available.


#PROTIP: For us, the ultimate way to travel to Maitland Gaol for Bitter & Twisted is by train. It’s a great way to meet new mates and you don’t have to worry about finding a deso driver.

BY CAR FROM NEWCASTLE: Click here for Google Maps
BY TRAIN FROM HAMILTON TRAIN STATION: Click here for timetable info

Written by Newcastle Live

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