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The Gum Ball

The Gum Ball is an annual music festival held in secluded bushland at Bedford in the middle of the Hunter Valley each year.

It’s a place for music lovers all around the world to unite for two days of music, relaxation, dancing, and good vibes.

With plenty of onsite camping and a BYO policy, this unique and highly anticipated event is your opportunity to escape to the country. Leave all the stress and troubles of life behind. Instead,  connect with like-minded people from all corners of the world, soak up the sunshine and witness dozens of talented local and international music acts.

The ultimate adventure for all ages, this is a family-friendly event that aims to inspire, entertain, and challenge your views on music festivals. Comfortable and cost-effective, it is a truly an event for everyone to enjoy.

Unlike many music festivals, only one artist performs at Gum Ball at any one time, so you’ll never miss out on seeing anyone.

With discount bundle options available for families, it’s recommended that you get your money’s worth and camp for the whole weekend at this unique and annual festival.  Don’t miss your opportunity to witness an array of up and coming artists in a safe and secluded venue in the beautiful Hunter Valley.

Belford is a small town in the Hunter Valley region of New South Wales. It’s about 171 kilometres north of the CBD via the M1. Public transport options to get there are also available. Singleton is the nearest train station on the Main Northern Line. From there, you can catch a bus to Belford.
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The Gum Ball is an annual family-friendly weekend event filled with music, arts, food, beers, markets, yoga, and much more. It has become one of Australia’s most anticipated camping and music festivals.

Both established and emerging artists from around the country and abroad provide live music entertainment during the weekend. Previous performers have included Tumbleweed, Hoodoo Gurus, Custard, Red Gum, and The Preatures. A variety of music styles and genres are featured, so there is always a show for everyone.

The food options are diverse and cater to a wide array of tastes, diets, and preferences. A licensed bar will be serving up beer, cocktails, and wines. Other highlights include circus activities, kids’ workshops, a skate ramp, markets for shopping and perusing, silent disco, and yoga. All of these take place beneath a shaded open area with views of the stage from any angle, and patrons are allowed to bring their own picnic blankets and deck chairs. Although an extensive range of food and beverage will be available at the event, this festival will permit patrons to bring in their own but keep in mind that glass in any form will not be allowed.

A kids’ day-care service called the Kids Creche will be available during the evening for children aged 3 and 13 years old. It will only be available on Friday and Saturday night; ample time to allow the parents to let loose a bit. The tickets for the Kids Creche costs $40 per child each night, and the operating hours are 6:30PM to 11:30PM. Parents who are interested to avail of this service are recommended to get in touch with event organizers to confirm arrangements.

Most guests camp on site during the event. The camp grounds are located just outside the arena, which makes it easy to get around on foot. Guests will be allowed to bring any camp setup that works for you and your group. Private shower cabins and portable toilets will be provided. For those bringing their own cars, it will be permitted to park next to the tent if there is ample space. The venue is wheel-chair friendly because of its gentle undulation and easy navigation. With regard to mobile phone reception, it will be enough for making calls or texting, but it may not suffice for using the internet while in Dashville.

The Gum Ball is staged at Dashville Belford, Hunter Valley. Tickets for Thursday Arrival, Friday Arrival, and Saturday Arrival will be available for youth, adults, pensioners, and children until sold out. The weekend will be loaded with full-day activities that start from morning to midnight, with the exception of other programs. It culminates with a Sunday Wind Down, which requires an optional ticket ($40 for adults, $20 for those under 18, and free for kids aged 6 and below) and is ideal for patrons who want to stay an extra night to relax.

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