Your ultimate guide to the Planet Dungog music festival

The annual The Planet Dungog festival kicks off today! With half of the profits made from the event being donated to the Dungog Shire Community Centre Welfare Disaster fund, this is our chance to show our support for the Dungog community. Check out our ultimate guide to the event to make the most out of this diverse and entertaining festival. From music and spoken word, to film and dance, there’s something for everyone. 


A Full Price Season pass (available Festival Office Only) is $110 for adults and $50 for kids.

A Dungog Shire Local & Concession Season pass (ID req) will set you back $90 for adults and $45 for kids.

A Friday Night Sampler pass (available Festival Office Only) will cost you $30 for adults and $20 for kids.

The Saturday Day + Evening pass costs $60 for adults an $30 for children.

The Saturday Evening Only (7–12 pm) pass will cost adults $35 and $20 for kids.

A Sunday Day (all day) pass (10am – 5 pm) is only $40 for adults and $20 for children.

The Sunday Film Only pass (10am – 12 noon) will set you back $20 for an adult and $10 for a child.

For a full range of ticketing options and details please visit –


Dungog is on the Hunter train line, meaning you can hop on a train at Central or Gosford or Hamilton and arrive right in the heart of town.

The XPT runs from Central to Dungog, stopping at Broadmeadow to collect Newcastle passengers. For more info, and to book your seat please click here.

NSW trains can also get you to Dungog from Central (change at Hamilton) and from Newcastle. For more info and to make a booking, please click here.

For updates on trackwork please click here. Note that as of publication trains have been replaced by buses in some locations and trips may take longer.


Dungog is just over 2.5 hours drive from Sydney and 1 hour from Newcastle. For up-to-date M1 traffic information click here or visit

From Sydney, take the M1 Pacific Motorway all the way to the end, join the New England Highway and make your way through the picturesque towns of Maitland and Paterson and on to Dungog.

From Newcastle, take the turn off for Raymond Terrace and then head to Dungog through the historic port and shipbuilding town of Clarence Town.

From the north, head south down the Pacific Highway until you reach the roundabout turn off for Raymond Terrace and then head to Dungog through the historic port and shipbuilding town of Clarence Town.

From the west, head south down the New England Highway to Maitland and turn left at the hospital roundabout, follow the road to the first set of traffic lights and turn left over the Hunter River and head for Paterson and on to Dungog.


  • James Theatre, 6 Brown Street Dungog
  • Dungog Memorial RSL, cnr Lord Street & Brown Street Dungog
  • Dungog Public School, access via Dowling Street Dungog
  • Uniting Church, 246 Dowling Street Dungog
  • CWA Hall, 199 Dowling Street Dungog
  • CHILLbillies cafe, 205 Dowling Street Dungog
  • Settlers Arms Hotel, 45 Brown Street Dungog
  • Street music is near the corner of Brown Street and Dowling Street Dungog.


Sunday (May 31) is a great day to hit the festival with your family as there’s lots of activities for the kids and big kids alike. It all kicks off at 10am on Sunday with, Kid Stakes. A classic Australian silent movie about a goat race that will be accompanied with live music from Jan Preston. At 1:30pm on Sunday a Family Bush Dance with Waltzing Jack will be held at the CWA Hall and you’ll be able to fill the day by simply walking down the street and taking in all the sights.



Friday May 29

Luke Houselander – Dungog RSL 9pm

At a ripe young age Luke found himself walking towards the crossroads. Once he arrived a mysterious figure gave him a guitar, tuned it for him and sent him on his way. Since then music has become his religion with his words and music preaching his story and views on the world.

The Do Riders – James Theatre 10pm

The Do Riders play blurgrass, a contemporary bastardisation of bluegrass, old-timey, alt-country and folk. This Novocastrian and Bulahdelahian foursome sing, play double bass and mandolin (both home-made), ukulele, guitar, banjo, and trumpet. They play a collection of oddly titled originals (such as ‘Banjo Hell’) as well as covers of song that are not considered bluegrass repertoire (e.g. Radio Head). Jane and Mark also travel to USA every year to harvest new and old songs for this group of misfits to rework. As one punter recently opined – ‘The Do Riders are utterly joyous, even when exhibiting occasional domestic disharmony. They clearly enjoy themselves’.


Saturday May 30

Ukeastle Ukestra – James Theatre 11am

The Ukastle Ukestra is a cross between a ukulele orchestra, a choir and a musical theatre experience from “Hair”! We play original arrangements of songs taken from all genres (including pop, folk, world music and jazz) but send them to new places and back again by arranging them for ukulele and voice. We believe in giving a show, more than just a collection of songs!

Inland Navigators – Main Street 12 noon

The Australian musical Reedy River in 1979, brought together the founding members of ‘The Navs’. Since then, the Inland Navigators have enjoyed over 25 years of performing at Bush Dances, themed events, celebrations, corporate events and major tourist attractions. The Inland Navigators are known to many for their television appearances on Channel Nine’s Morning Show and their rollicking performances at The Vinegar Hill Woolshed, Darling Harbour and The Rocks. With songs of shearers, farmers, stockmen, convicts and the old Sydney scene, and a mixed bag of Celtic, European and American tunes, The Inland Navigators give a true representation of Australia’s musical heritage.

Sweet Songs and Soft Guitar – CWA Hall 1pm

Sweet Songs and Soft Guitar is a vocal duo based in Newcastle NSW. Kathy and Matthew Clarke perform songs of Love, Hope, and Caring for the environment and each other. Kathy’s stunning vocal clarity is supported by Matthew’s gentle guitar style. The name “Sweet songs and soft guitar” is inspired by the lyrics of Eric Bogle’s song “Kate and the Dreamtime Land” referring to the beautiful ambiance of session music and songs around the camp fire shared with friends. Sweet Songs and Soft Guitar is an uplifting experience in the folk tradition. You can also see Matthew about Dungog as the “Bicycle Busker”.

Nerds & Music – Dungog RSL 2pm

Nerds & Music is a ruthlessly efficient remoulding of two geeks from Newcastle. The Nerds deliver debilitating satire coated in oppressive harmonies. On time. Every time. Audiences will be rendered dumbstruck by their weirdness, witticisms, wordplay, and alliteration.

funKtus – Settlers Arms Hotel 3pm

Explosive vocals from Lydia and Krystine take you through blues, funk and soul classics with crack backing from Peter, Jerome and John. funKtus have honed their skills in bands in Sydney and Newcastle, coming together to “tear the roof off the sucker”.

Fat Yahoozah – Dungog RSL  8pm

Their motive is to make you move, and Fat Yahoozah’s bombastic horns and grooving rhythm section leave you little choice but to bop your body. Led by trumpeter and composer Ellen Kirkwood, this band of talented, seasoned and versatile musicians from popular groups such as Sirens Big Band, The Bakery and Watussi, mesh a bunch of styles from around the world; from afrobeat to klezmer, to mariachi and middle eastern, and some beats less easily defined.

The Squeezebox Trio – James Theatre 10pm

The Squeezebox Trio are a Hot Gypsy Swing quartet based out of Sydney. Armed with an accordion, violin and two acoustic gitanes the group will make you get up and dance with their energetic performances and repertoire of European folk songs, jazz favourites, musettes, Disney classics and originals.


Sunday May 31

Twist of Blue – James Theatre 1pm

Megan Edwards and Sally Hunt are a vocal keyboard and cornet duo that blends classic jazz, Broadway tunes, and old time blues for elegant cocktail and dining entertainment. Both classically trained musicians, their repertoire draws form traditional classical, and easy listening ballads to theatrical themed shows and singalongs. Megan and Sally are local to the Dungog area.

Ol’ Guits – Dungog Primary School 3pm

Nic ‘Jellylegs’ Boheimer , Dom ‘Prof Longtooth’ Firkin and Andy ‘Hound dog’ Bassett make up this band of talented fun loving musicians who are bringing about a unique revival of Blues Roots and Folk – played on homemade original cigar box guitars and percussion, with a curious New Zealand twist.

Mañana – James Theatre 4pm

Mañana is an emerging original pop, roots and reggae group from the Central Coast. They have incorporated a strong brotherly bond, and a passion for songwriting which is reflected in their unique performances. The group write their music as a collective and is constantly refining and developing its sound. They can have you captivated in silence one minute and dancing your heart out the next.

The above is subject to change. You can find the full festival program visit –


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