Rock The Black Dog Music Festival is Geelong’s newest music event giving back to the community

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Rock The Black Dog Music Festival is Geelong’s newest music event giving back to the community

Happening in April, Rock The Black Dog Music Festival is a festival for Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Awareness

Proudly supporting the Black Dog Institute, the not-for-profit mental health medical research organisation, Rock The Black Dog Festival is Geelong’s newest music event giving back to the community, with the aim of raising awareness to combat the growing rate of suicide through the power of music!

The festival, which will take place on Saturday, 1 April 2023 at the Barwon Club, will see Melbourne and Geelong’s music community come together to raise awareness of mental health and suicide prevention, featuring a lineup of some of the best up-and-coming talent and seasoned local rockers and punk legends. 

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Kicking off at 12pm, the festival will be headlined by one of Australia’s leading blues musicians, the amazing Ash Grunwald. After nine studio albums, five ARIA nominations, and hot off the back of the Bluesfest tour, this is sure to be a performance that will go down in history.

Alongside Grunwald, the festival will also feature sets from more than 20 amazing acts, including Nick Barker, Poppin’ Mommas, Kopious, Famous Will, John Flanagan, Bella Deer, Grim Fawkner, Rick Hart, Katie Brianna, Alister Turrill, Kate Lucetta, The Swells, Fistful of Steel, The Louds, Isabella Khalife, Dawwn, Damien Edwards, Bella Lear, Sarah McQueen, Geelong Music Community Collective and more. 

The brainchild of festival director Jon Gilchrist with support from Ultragauge Australia, Roaring Respite Disability Services, Ohana Support Coordination, Surdex Steel, Lions Club of Leopold, McHenry Partners Business Accountants, Piccadilly Market, Calibre Steel, and the Barwon Club, Rock The Black Dog festival aims to raise much-needed funds for mental health research and support for those in need with proceeds going to The Black Dog Insitute. 

According to the institute, 1 in 5 of us will experience symptoms of mental illness in any given year. In Australia, that’s around 5 million people. And roughly 60% of these people won’t seek help. As the only medical research institute in Australia to investigate mental health across the lifespan, Black Dog Institute’s aim is to create a mentally healthier world for everyone.

Tickets are on sale now via Oztix

If you or someone you know needs help or information regarding mental health, please contact Lifeline Australia on 13 11 14, or beyondblue on 1300 224 636.