Wagons will play their first NSW show in 12 months at Dashville's A Fresh Start. Picture: WILK
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BON VOYAGE 2020: Dashville NYE fest is the Fresh Start we’ve all been looking for

With the light at the end of the restriction tunnel growing ever larger (fingers crossed) the legends at Dashville have pulled out all the stops with a New Years blow-out to remember.

The aptly named A Fresh Start promises three-days of top-notch family-friendly musical recreation and leisurely relaxation from Thursday 31 December 2020 to Saturday 2 January 2021.

And when it comes to the lineup, it’s as awesome as Dashville is the shadiest (in a good way) music venue in the Hunter Valley, with the likes of Wagons, William Crighton & the Bellbird Rats, Magpie Diaries, and the mighty Front End Loader.

Drilling down, here’s what you can expect on the stage each day.

William Crighton. Picture Renae Saxby.

Thursday 31 December

It’ll be a blistering set from William Crighton  & The Bellbird Rats as they lead you into the new year (featuring a big band full of surprise guests).  Also entertaining you on the night will be local punk rockers Bloody Hell, the dark brooding blues-rock of Brisbane trio The Blackwater Fever, and five-piece funk-pop outfit Viragos will have you getting your groove on in no time.  

Friday 1 January

The sweet indie-folk sounds of Central Coast trio Little Quirks will be the perfect tonic as they take to the stage on New Years Day.  You’ll get Magpie Diaries pulling out their sublime cosmic country tunes, the infectious jangly psych-pop-rock of Geelong’s Bones and Jones and a wealth of muso talent coming together when the mighty Dashville Progress Society bust out the big numbers in a blockbuster tribute to the ’80s narrated by raconteur and gentleman Ben Quinn.

Saturday 2 January

Their first NSW show in a year will see that almighty psych-country outfit Wagons return to the Dashville stage, along with the critically acclaimed Hat Fitz & Cara.

Eleven of the Hunter region’s best female musicians will come together as Huntress – paying tribute to the female artists who have shaped their lives, and you’ll be in for a treat when legendary Sydney hard-hitters Front End Loader take to the stage.  

Front End Loader. Picture: Supplied.

Aside from this veritable musical smorgasbord, each day will feature an array of planned activities and, while the Dashville boffins are still fine-tuning all the deets, you can expect such fun as a wet and wild installation dubbed Splashville Waterpark, heaps of COVID-safe creative workshops and kids activities.

Oh, and you can also enjoy morning yoga and relaxation rituals, arts and crafts, vollyball, skateboarding and even some much-needed hammock time.

You can also bring your own plunge pool and have it filled for a small fee, dabble in some nearby river swimming, lush bushwalking, or you could pop over the road for some cheeky Wine Country touring or even a sneaky country pub lunch.

And, as the sun sets over the ironbarks the music will kick off. There will be extended trading until 2am on New Year’s Eve, while the other nights will come to a close at 12 am.

Little Quirks. Picture: Charlotte Toole

The nitty gritty

  • You can purchase single-day tickets or grab a 3-day bundle ticket. All tickets include the option to camp onsite. 
  • You’re free to come and go during the day but will need to sign in again for COVID tracking when you re-enter the gates. 
  • Credit holders from our cancelled events in 2020 can use their dollarydoos for this gig. Don’t know your credit code? Email mail@dashville.com.au and it’ll be sorted ASAP
  • BYO alcohol is permitted in the campground only, the arena is licensed so there is no BYO inside the concert gates. 
  • This is an all-age event, under 18’s must be accompanied by an adult (25+) at all times while in the arena. 
  • Dogs are not permitted. 
  • Campground opens from 12pm Thursday 31st of December
  • The Swoop Inn will be providing breakfast, lunch and dinner. Food and beverage items are not included in your ticket but you can order and pay on arrival. 

 A Fresh Start is on at Dashville from Thursday 31 December to Saturday 2 January. Head here for more information and here for tickets, which are on sale now.


Written by Newcastle Live

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