Boutique music festival VANFEST returns to new regional location with colossal lineup for 2022

Boutique music festival VANFEST returns to new regional location with colossal lineup for 2022

Hilltop Hoods, Tash Sultana, Illy, Tones And I lead the 2022 Vanfest lineup.

One of Australia’s most popular regional boutique music festivals, Vanfest, is making its long-awaited return this year with a new-look, brand new location, and a colossal line-up of chart-topping, award-winning Australian and New Zealand artists.

Vanfest is set to return on December 2 and 3 2022, and after making Forbes in New South Wales its home for eight wonderful years, Vanfest is relocating and set to make its mark on the iconic location of Mount Panorama in Bathurst!

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The move has been prompted by both the expansion of the music festival, covid challenges, and in a bid to re-energise and support the broader region’s music and tourism sector which was severely impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic, whilst staying true to its regional roots. Vanfest is making the festival location more accessible to other metro and regional centres.

“Mount Panorama hosts the Bathurst 1000, one of the largest events on the Australian sporting calendar, each year so we’re well versed in providing exceptional hospitality to everyone who visits. Hosting VANFEST at the base of Mount Panorama demonstrates that Mount Panorama is so much more than a premiere racing circuit.

I look forward to welcoming the patrons of VANFEST to our beautiful city and with so much to see and do, I encourage visitors to stay a little longer and explore everything that Bathurst and the surrounding region has to offer. Bathurst is the perfect city to host VANFEST,” says Bathurst Mayor, Robert Taylor.

As for the lineup, the festival is headed up by the likes of Hilltop Hoods, Tash Sultana, Tones and I, The Presets and Illy, and further rounded out by Six60, Hockey Dad, Masked Wolf, Mash’d N Kutcher, LDRU, The Bouys, South Summit, Kinder, The Delta Riggs, Lola Scott, Hanna, Loretta and an Unearthed winner.


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From humble beginnings, Vanfest was originally launched at the Vandenberg Hotel in Forbes in 2014 by Matt and Grant Clifton who saw a need to support and strengthen youth culture, community connectedness, and regional tourism. They have continued to grow the brand over the years to provide a major festival experience to regional NSW which has proudly supported up & coming young artists, as well as bringing high calibre local and international touring artists to the main stage.

Spread across two huge days, Vanfest has always been the ultimate road trip getaway to set your sights on the countryside and escape the city for a weekend. With the new location at the base of Mount Panorama, the festival will offer extensive campground facilities for campers, with or without a van. Whilst nearby Bathurst also hosts a huge variety of accommodation options.

There’s plenty of entertainment to enjoy across the weekend including market stalls, bar activations, pop-up bars, VIP experiences, adrenalin rides, camping communities, and much more.

Tickets will go on sale at 10am on Thursday,  July 7 via the website