The 2014 festival will be on January 24th to 27th. Tickets will be on sale from August 1st. Performer applications will be open from June 1st to July 31st ... check this site from June 1st for details.
... 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, black board spots, 3 stages, 2 village pubs, 2 cafes, bakery, grocery, Troubadour wine bar, poets breakfast, 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 thirteen 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
Rory McLeod (UK)
Nancy Kerr & James Fagan (UK)
Austin Lucas & PJ Bond (USA)
Alanna & Alicia Egan
Mike & Thom Jackson
Red Raven Morris Dancers
Lots of Rigbys
Roger Montgomery & John Angliss
The Paper Street Soap Company
And many more ....