Backyard Fest is the newest music festival to grace regional Victoria, and it’s got a killer lineup

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Backyard Fest is the newest music festival to grace regional Victoria, and it’s got a killer lineup

Babe Rainbow

The Newstead festival has revealed its 2021 lineup, boasting Babe Rainbow, MOD CON, Lazertits and more

Regional Victoria is getting a new music festival called Backyard Fest (BYF). Arriving in Newstead, just outside Castlemaine, from Friday November 12 until Saturday November 13, there’s no irony in the festival’s name, with smaller Backyard Fests taking place as house parties in years gone by.

This is the first public Backyard Fest however, and its lineup packs a punch, boasting a stellar mix of bands and artists from all corners of the music spectrum.

The key takeaways

  • Funk’n’Fest is the newest festival to hit the region
  • Kylie Auldist headlines the inaugural event
  • The festival takes place in Ballarat on Sunday, February 21

Keep up with the latest festival news via our website.

Arriving at Newstead Racecourse to perform at the event include Babe RainbowAlice Skye, Hayley MaryCousin Tony’s Brand New Firebird, MOD CONThe Stroppies, Lazertits and more.

That’s just the first names on the bill with the likes of Andras, Surprise Chef, WHARVES, The MaesAusecuma Beats, Bones and Jones and Beckah Amani also appearing. Capping off the lineup come The Groove Dudes, MAMI, Parsnip, Tiff CornishSunfruits, Aplegate, Donald’s House and Barefoot Bowls Club.

With limited capacity for the event, Backyard Fest is really trying to champion that intimate house party vibe.

“Starting off in backyards a few years ago, BYF brought in bands and DJs for a house party worth remembering. Wanting to bring the good times to more friends and new faces, the little backyard festival is coming to life this November, 12th & 13th,” the festival said in a statement.

Complementing live music and DJs, punters can also expect art installations, yoga, local food trucks, licensed bars, a Welcome to Country ceremony, and you better believe the festival’s fully BYO.

Check out the Backyard Fest lineup below.

Babe Rainbow
Alice Skye
Hayley Mary
Cousin Tony’s Brand New Firebird
The Stroppies
Surprise Chef
The Maes
Ausecuma Beats
Bones and Jones
Beckah Amani
The Groove Dudes
Tiff Cornish
Donald’s House
Barefoot Bowls Club

Backyard Fest hits Newstead Racecourse from Friday November 12 until Saturday November 13. More info here.