CresFest is the new folk and roots music and dance festival coming to regional Victoria

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CresFest is the new folk and roots music and dance festival coming to regional Victoria

This April 2022 the historic town of Creswick, nestled between Daylesford and Ballarat, will stage their inaugural festival of music and dance.

Following a wild couple of years of postponed and cancelled festivals, the news of a brand new regional festival is music to our festival-ready ears.

CresFest is the brand-new regional music festival bringing together celebrated local, regional and statewide contemporary folk and world music artists for a weekend of revitalising musical encounters in the forested gold rush town of Creswick, between Daylesford and Ballarat.

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Held across three days, from Friday, April 1 to Sunday, April 3, the festival has curated an impressive lineup for its first edition featuring the likes of Acclaimed Indigenous vocalist Emma Donovan and Melbourne rhythm combo The Putbacks, internationally known and respected songwriter Eric Bogle Trio, Melbourne folk icons The Maes, Kuku Yalanji, Jirrbal, Zenadth Kes song woman Kee’ahn, and Lucy Wise, a folk artist from Malmsbury.

Other artists include Amie Brulee, Jali Buba Kuyateh, Pete Denahy, Parvyn & Josh, Sapphire Bollywood Ensemble, The Royal High Jinx, FOOLS, Evan and Mischa, Melbourne Scottish Fiddlers, Sweet Monas, Kat Mear, Zourona, and Stella Savy, among many others.

Showcasing the town and its local pubs, cafes, forests and unique outdoor spaces, punters can sit back and enjoy the performances in several unique spaces, sample local wine and produce, explore the history of the town, and take advantage of premium accommodation options.

A community festival at its heart, punters will also be given the opportunity to perform and participate in the festivities across the weekend with Blackboard concerts, sessions in different genres, a local talent quest, a family dance, a busking competition, a youth stage, and music and dance workshops for all-ages.

Festival passes are available for purchase for $80, giving punters access to heaps of concerts, films, talks, shows and workshops across the entire weekend. Special event tickets are also available, guaranteeing seats for headline artists.

Full of natural beauty, Creswick is just 1.5 hours’ drive from Melbourne, is on the Maryborough V/Line route, and boasts comfortable accommodation options and delicious drinking and dining.

CresFest 2022 goes down April 1-3 2022. You can purchase tickets here