We’re having a rest in 2019! Back again in 2020!

Join us again next year on Fri 28th Aug & Sat 29th Aug in 2020!

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AT GATE: Adult $80 Family $120

A not-for-profit event supporting local Arts & Cultural initiatives – all proceeds to great causes! Volunteer!

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Whole Hogs kindly sponsored by…

Chicken 10am – Ribs 11am – Pork 12pm – Beef 1pm – Whole Hog 1:30pm RiverFM (1)

Thank you to the amazing the artists of 2018!

The Mid North – 4.30pm

Long Yard – 12pm

The Cartridge Family – 2pm

John Flanagan Trio – 1pm

Lonesome Fred Smith – 3pm

Shelley’s Murder Boys – 11am

Sofiella & the Handsome Husbands – 10am

Tickets sure to sell out again this year! Get yours before prices go up!

* Eventbrite booking fee applies. Children under 18 Free. Adult & Family Passes include 1 x BBQ tasting plate!

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PLUS, on again by popular demand…

The Oldtime Variety Show! Friday 29th August 2020, 6pm-10pm

On Friday night, the day before the Festival, once again we’re holding an oldtime music and comedy variety show at the A&I Hall. (MA15+) This show was an absolute a hoot last year with rave reviews. It’s not to be missed with over 70 artists entertaining you all evening long and great barbecue available for purchase. All artists are volunteers and all proceeds go back into our Original Music Artists Bursaries. With limited seating, it’s sure to sell out fast, so get your tickets soon. For most punters, this was the highlight of the Festival last year. A very special night out.

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Register Your Band to Play in 2020 or beyond!

If you’re a band with a Bluegrass sound, we’d love to hear from you! We play traditional bluegrass, modern newgrass and old time music, too. Drop us a line if you’re interested in featuring at the Festival in the coming years! Register Your Band Today!

This year funding…
Arts in Schools  ♦ Bangalow Theatre Company  ♦ Original Music Artist Bursaries!

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BBQ Cook-off

BBQ Cookoff

$1500 First Prize!
• Pork / Beef / Chicken / Ribs
• From $148 Entry – Teams of 4
• NEW! ABA Whole Hog Comp!
• NEW! Pickle-Off $25 Entry

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Pickers Competition

Pickers Comp

$250 First Prize!
• Guitar / Banjo / Mandolin / Fiddle
• Free Entry for genuine pickers!
• Backstage Pass for musos tent
• Bring your instrument! Free Festival Pass

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Family Fun Day

Family Fun Day

Bring your picnic blanket!
• Kids Games all day long
• All games $2 per play
• All funds to local Schools
• Support Arts in Schools!

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Historic Bangalow, New South Wales – Byron Bay Hinterland

Parking Information – There’s ample parking on the streets around Bangalow. We’ll also have limited parking at the Showgrounds for $5, but get there early! Look for the BBQ & Bluegrass signs! And while you’re visiting, be sure to take a walk through town. You’ll love it here.

Getting Here and Getting Around

Bangalow is about 15mins drive in-land from Byron Bay. We are in the heart of the hinterland country community. It has a rare authentic old country town feel, but with a rich and modern array of cafes and boutique shops. The historic Showgrounds and A&I Hall are really one of the most beautiful community grounds you’ll ever see. They’re perfect for an outdoor Festival!

Bangalow is on the Pacific Highway between Brisbane and Sydney. We’re about 2hrs south from Brisbane and about 45mins from the Tweed. Coming up from the South, we are about 20mins from Ballina and 3hrs north of Coffs Harbour. You can also come west from Casino via Lismore on the Bruxner Hwy and the old Bangalow Road.

There’s lots of accommodation in the area, so make a weekend of it!


There’s lots of Camp Sites in the area, too. Check out this guide to Where to Camp in the Byron Shire. Most sites a 10-15min drive to Bangalow.

Our Aim: The Best Little Festival in Australia!

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    All funds to support local Arts and Cultural initiatives in the community

    As rich and blessed with artistic talent as this region is, Bangalow and the hinterland are often forgotten when it comes to arts and cultural initiatives.  There are too few chances to showcase the best music and arts this area has to offer. So this festival is dedicated to the great local food and produce of this agricultural region along with the high quality musicianship so common of the artists who call the Northern Rivers home.

    Arts in Schools – We’re passionate about supporting additional arts funding in our local schools. Our region has some of the lowest  in-class teacher resource budgets in the country. All the local schools will be well represented at our Festival with Kids Games Stands to raise money for arts programs in their schools. This is a great family fun day out.

    Thank you so much to the great artists of 2017!

    The Eastern (NZ) – 2pm

    The Morrisons (Syd) – 1pm

    Sara Tindley (Byron) – 12pm

    Cat & Clint (Vic) – 10am

    Ben Wilson (Lis) – 11am

    High Lonesome – 3.00pm

    The Mumblers – 4.30pm

    Thank you to our Artists for 2016! It was a helluva show!

    The Stetson Family – 3pm

    The Cartridge Family – 2pm

    Hillbilly Goats – 4.20pm

    Honey & Knives – 12pm

    Owl Valley Bluegrass-1pm

    Innes + Pres Comp-11am

    Wayward Angels – 10am

    Thank you to the Artists from 2015! What a show it was!

    The Wilson Pickers (local)

    The Company (Brisbane)

    Green Mohair Suits (Syd)

    Hussy Hicks (Goldie)

    The Button Collective (Lis)

    Sian Evans (Brisbane)

    Cath Cooper All-Stars

    A huge thanks to our 2014 lineup!

    The Mid North

    The Mid North

    The Stetson Family

    The Morrisons

    Starboard Cannons

    River Mountain Riot

    Heartworn Highway

    Barkers Vale Brothers