Geelong’s three-day dark beer and blues music festival returns to Valhalla in June

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Geelong’s three-day dark beer and blues music festival returns to Valhalla in June

Valhalla Taproom is once again hosting the beloved blues and beer festival.

Malty, musty, rich or creamy, dark beers fill the void caused by winter’s chills and this June, our favourite local taproom is hosting an event that’s sure to appeal to those that love a decadent dark beer with a side of blues music.

Valhalla Brewing and Taproom – a carefully crafted space to showcase their seriously delicious and addictive range of beers that are some of the best local brews we’ve tasted – is hosting a three-day dark beer and blues music festival in June (9-11) where they will showcase Australian Independent dark beers as well as local, live blues and roots music.

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Taking over the space in the heart of the Geelong CBD, the Black & Blues Festival is a celebration of independent dark beers and live blues music where all 10 of Valhalla’s taps pour deliciously dark brews accompanied by 10 soul-filling blues musicians: it’s a match made in Valhalla. 

This year’s lineup is especially indulgent, featuring 2023/2022 Byron Bay Bluesfest artists Bud Rokesky and Fiona Boyes.

Fresh from his 2023 Bluesfest shows and tour with Matt Corby in late May, the one and only Bud Rokesky is bringing his heart-on-sleeve stories to the Taproom on Sunday, June 11. while Fiona Boyes, internationally recognised for her deep blues fingerpicking and slide guitar and the only Australian to have been nominated for the USA Blues Music Awards in Memphis and is playing at the Taproom on June 10. 

Joining these two powerhouse musicians is the likes of Willie J, Jungle Jim Smith, Maggie Alley & Jack Meredith (duo), The Ironbark Brothers, TK Reeves, Trinity Jayne, Kaliopi and Xyla.


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Whether or not you’re a fan of dark beer, the lineup of outstanding talent and unforgettable acts is reason enough to go check it out.

Limited weekend pass tickets are available at $79 which includes access to all 10 live blues acts across the weekend, 10 x 200mL glasses of dark beers and one pizza. 

Black & Blues Festival will be held at Valhalla Taproom on the King’s Birthday long weekend, 9-11th June 2023. Purchase weekend tickets here.