Cue the house party vibes, Backyard Fest is the newest music and arts festival heading to regional Victoria in 2022

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Cue the house party vibes, Backyard Fest is the newest music and arts festival heading to regional Victoria in 2022

Babe Rainbow (Photo by Maclay Heriot) and Hayley Mary.

Tickets are on sale now for the Newstead festival featuring Babe Rainbow, MOD CON, Hayley Mary and more.

Everyone loves a house party. The rogue nature of their happenings and the unanticipated crazy shit that can go down. From neighbourhood-style block parties to BBQ dinners that turns into early morning drinks, it’s their unpredictability that people live for and the multifaceted nature of a house party in your backyard could have you doing any range of things – dancing, doing shots, conversing, playing drinking games, chilling on inflatables in the pool or anything in between.

Channelling some serious house party energy into a weekend of fun, camaraderie and ease, the inaugural Backyard Fest (BYF) will be one to get to when it arrives in Newstead, just outside Castlemaine, from Friday, February 4 until Saturday, February 5 2022.

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Starting off in suburban backyards in 2017 in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne by three Camberwell housemates, BYF was all about bringing in bands and DJs for house parties worth remembering. Wanting to bring the good times to more friends and new faces, the little backyard festival is coming to life with its first large-scale public event.

Originally slated for November but rescheduled to early next year, the intimate festival is set to welcome punters to enjoy the best bits of backyard shenanigans on a cosy site at the Newstead Racecourse – boasting good music, good people, good food and good cheer.

Coming out swinging for their first event, BYF has curated a lineup that packs a serious punch, boasting a stellar mix of bands and artists from all corners of the music spectrum.

Headlining the homegrown event is Byron Bay’s psychedelic rockers Babe Rainbow, singer-songwriter, Wergaia woman and universal little sister Alice Skye, the unshakable elegance and undeniable talent of Hayley Mary (of The Jezabels), Melbourne indie rockers Cousin Tony’s Brand New Firebird, and three-piece indie powerhouse MOD CON.

The list of homegrown heroes doesn’t stop there. The festival will also see energetic sets from the likes of The Stroppies, Lazertits, Andras, Surprise Chef, Andras, WHARVES, The Maes, Ausecuma Beats, Beckah Amani and Bones and Jones, also appearing.

Capping off the lineup come The Groove Dudes, MAMI, Parsnip, Tiff Cornish, Sunfruits, Aplegate, Donald’s House and Barefoot Bowls Club.


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Complementing live music and DJs, punters can also expect art installations, yoga, local food trucks, licensed bars, a Welcome to Country ceremony, and free camping available onsite.

Festival-goers will be able to enter the campgrounds from 1pm on Friday, February 4. If arriving the following day, you will be able to enter from 8am. Please note that no cars will be able to drive within the festival between 9pm and 7am, so plan your schedules now.

Despite the enormity of the lineup and festival level productions, the boutique event is going ahead with a limited capacity in an attempt to keep the familiar cosiness in and really champion that intimate house party vibe, so you better hop to it and grab your tickets now!

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