Our little festival ran from 2014-2018, for 5 wonderful years!

Thank you to the literally hundreds of volunteers and bbq teams, plus thousands of patrons, plus amazing bands who helped us raise more than $175,000 in that time to support arts in our local schools and community! We sure had a ball, did we not! Thank you for all the amazing memories!

The Oldtime Variety Show! Friday evenings, 6pm-10pm, live to air!

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

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

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

Proudly supporting…
Arts in Schools  ♦ Bangalow Theatre Company  ♦ Original Music Artist Bursaries!

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

Historic Bangalow, New South Wales – Byron Bay Hinterland

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

Our Aim: The Best Little Festival in Australia!

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

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A huge thanks to our inaugural 2014 lineup!

The Mid North

The Mid North

The Stetson Family

The Morrisons

Starboard Cannons

River Mountain Riot

Heartworn Highway

Barkers Vale Brothers

BBQ Cook-off

$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

$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

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

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.

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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.

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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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