New music festival Backyard Fest is heading to regional Victoria in February
01.11.2021

New music festival Backyard Fest is heading to regional Victoria in February

Babe Rainbow. Photo credit: Maclay Heriot

Regional Victoria is getting a new music festival called Backyard Fest (BYF), arriving in Newstead, just outside Castlemaine.

Oh, the things that we love about backyards.

Games of cricket with stupid rules – six and out, one hand-one bounce, you can’t go out first delivery. Afternoon catch-ups that turn into BBQ dinners that turns into early morning drinks, music and cheer. Inflatable pools on a hot summer’s day – be careful of the burrs. Well-worn memories shared by old friends, and new ones created by new friends. Cold drinks, cheese cubes and kabana. Okay, who ate all the Salt and Vinegar chips? 

The inaugural Backyard Fest welcomes you to enjoy the best bits of backyard shenanigans – good music, good people, good food and good cheer. Art installations, BYO and onsite bar, yoga, local food trucks and a Welcome to the Country ceremony also feature. Originally set to take place in November, Backyard Fest will now take place early next year.

The key takeaways 

  • Regional Victoria is getting a new music festival called Backyard Fest (BYF), arriving in Newstead, just outside Castlemaine.
  • Arriving at Newstead Racecourse to perform at the event include Babe Rainbow, Alice Skye, Hayley Mary, Cousin Tony’s Brand New Firebird, MOD CON, The Stroppies, Lazertits and more.
  • With limited capacity for the event, Backyard Fest is really trying to champion that intimate house party vibe.

Keep up with the latest music tours and festival news here.

Your lineup is Babe RainbowAlice Skye, Hayley MaryCousin Tony’s Brand New Firebird, Andras, Aplegate, Ausecuma Beats, Barefoot Bowls Club, Beckah AmaniBones and Jones, Donald’s House, Lazertits, The Maes, MAMI, MOD CON, Parsnip, The Stroppies, Sunfruits, Surprise Chef, Tiff Cornish and WHARVES.

Backyard Fest takes place at Newstead Racecourse across February 4 & 5.

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. 

Your car will be searched for prohibited items, so the best way to avoid trouble and delay is to not have prohibited items.  

 

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Further information is available through backyardfest.com.au.