The 2017 festival is planned to start on the afternoon of Australia Day, Thursday January 26th, and end late afternoon on Sunday 29th. Tickets will be on sale from August 1st. Performer expressions of interest will be open from June 1st to July 31st ...
... in the quaint and historic country town of Newstead, near Castlemaine, Central Victoria - 90 minutes from Melbourne.
World class performers in intimate performance spaces, concerts, workshops, sessions, blackboard spots, 6 stages, 2 village pubs, 2 cafes, bakery, grocery, Troubadour wine bar, poets breakfasts, Australia’s original Trad Disco!, excellent camping, good food, swimming pool, spacious setting and no sound spill between venues...
Newstead live! would like to acknowledge and thank the many photographers who have contributed to the photos used on this site, including Marina Hurley, Trevor Pearson and Mike Woodgate.
The festival has been running for sixteen years, the first six being at Chewton before the move to Newstead.
What They Said About Previous Newstead & Chewton Folk Festivals .....
"The best festival I've ever been to" ANDY IRVINE "
"...a great weekend, a quality music experience." SHANE HOWARD
"If this is what small festivals are like I want to go to many more of them."
"A weekend to be treasured." KAVISHA MAZZELLA
"The venues are small and charming and the calibre of performers is very high, a great mix of Australian and overseas guests at the Newstead Music Festival." KRISTINA OLSEN
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF ARTIST GEORGE CALLAGHAN
Newstead Live Inc. acknowledges that painter George Callaghan, formerly of Hobart and now living in Europe, is the artist who created the painting of three folk musicians that we used with his permission in some of our festival's publicity material from 2013 to 2015. We apologise to Mr. Callaghan for our failure to acknowledge him as the artist.
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