The Gum Ball 2018

The Gum Ball 2018

Friday, 27 April 2018

The Gum Ball 2018 – 27-29 April

The festival is located in secluded bush at Belford, in the middle of the Hunter Valley. It kicks off on a Friday afternoon and rolls all the way through to Sunday. Unchanged from previous years, it’s still camping, BYO, very family friendly, one artist at a time on the main stage, plenty of things to see and do. Plenty of things to not have to do too.


FULL WEEKEND – 3days/2nights

ADULT (+18) $230

SENIOR (+60) $210

TEENAGER (13-17) $125

YOUTH (7-12) $65


SATURDAY ONLY – 2 days/1 night

ADULT (+18) $165

SENIOR (+60) $140

TEENAGER (13-17) $80

YOUTH (7-12) $45


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Gum Ball is a three-day camping festival, but however, you choose to do so is completely up to you. The camping ground literally overlooks the festival and most punters choose to park directly next to their campsite. It’s all on a first in best-dressed basis for location, so get in early to secure your home away from home for the two-night, three-day stay. Caravans are allowed but, if your rig is over 20ft, an additional permit is needed.

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TIP ONE: Don’t miss Gleny Rae Virus in her new act, Daughters Of The Rum Rebellion. They’ll be on the Dashville porch at 5:15. We love Gleny here at Newcastle Live and this new act looks like a great time with a cheeky twist.

TIP TWO: Something special happens when The Dashville Progress Society hit the stage. It’s a whos who of local musos and every time we’ve caught their set we’ve been left asking ourselves – “what the fuck just happened”. Don’t miss it.

TIP THREE: Psych yourself up for French-Canadian rockers Les Hostesses d’Hilaire who’ll be making their Aussie debut at The Gum Ball. Fronted by a 350-pound man with a beard, wearing a dress – the band are a visual and aural adventure

TIP FOUR: Morning Yoga is back this year, and even if you’re not up for a morning stretch you’ve got to check it out. There’s something about a bunch of people doing Yoga in the early morning Dashville air that’s quite unique.

TIP FIVE: Don’t feel the need to rush off after Baghead’s set. Take your time and enjoy the wind down, make some new friends and plan for next year before you head back to the rush of everyday life.


One of the best things about Gumball, and Dashville by association is the faith they place in their punters. The entire festival is BYO (with the exception of glass of course) meaning you can stock the esky with a weekend full of tinnies, and enough snacks to last you a lifetime. No fires are allowed however feel free to fire up the gas bottle and cook up a storm. If you’re like us though and would prefer to survive leave the cooking to the experts, there are some incredible food options available. There’s also a licenced venue on sight.


Child minding service.

We trialled it last year, and it was definitely feasible, so The Gum Ball will once again operate a night time day care centre for children under the age of 13 on Friday and Saturday nights. We are looking to improve on the service from last year, now that we have more of a handle on how it be best coordinated.

Tickets for this service are $45 per child per night. Hours of operation TBC, though generally 6.30pm – 11.30pm. It is anticipated that the Creche will fill up quickly so be sure to book well in advance.


Gumball is a completely family-friendly event. The entire property turns into a haven for free-range kids to run wild and simply have a whole lot of fun. With a fully sized skate ramp, circus activities, kid’s workshops, the possibilities for the little ones are endless. There is also a specific childminding service available, but get in quick because (understandably) spaces are limited!


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Ed Kuepper and his band The Aints
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Dave Graney ‘N’ The Coral Snakes
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The Bamboos
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The Cribs (UK)
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Rocket Science

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Les Hôtesses d’Hilaire (Ca)
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Ben Salter
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The Creepshow
Terra Lightfoot
The Resignators
V Tribe
Thunder Fox
Letters to Lions
Dave Wells
Lachlan X. Morris
Hana & Jessie-Lee
Nicholas Connors
Lennie Tranter & The Bagism Revelation
Dashville Progress Society

Earlybird Tickets


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