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The Gum Ball

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 is a family-friendly weekend event filled with music, arts, food, beers, markets, yoga, and much more – becoming one of Australia’s most anticipated camping and music festivals.

The Gum Ball 2024 Dates, Tickets, Program & Event Schedule, Belford

The three-day boutique camping festival, tucked away in the bush at Dashville in Wonnarua Country NSW, is considered by many as one of Australia’s greatest musical escapes, a must-do cultural expedition for people of all ages. If you’re only learning about it now by chance, then the truth is… You’ve got to go!

The festival was started in 2005 by a man known as Magpie, who still runs it to this day, alongside his wife Jess and a bunch of hardworking friends and family, mostly musicians. The Gum Ball really is the perfect festival for those who may have given up on festivals, whether it be because you felt too old, society scared you or having kids makes it difficult. People have discovered this little gem as the answer to ease back into the game. Ask anyone who has been, and they’ll tell you just how achievable it really is.

The best bit about The Gum Ball is in the discovery. It’s not a festival where you go to see the biggest names in show business and mark which acts on the timetable you’re going to try and see.

Sure, The Gum Ball hosts some pretty incredible acts – you can take a look at the festival’s history to see that. But the magic is in a festival where you don’t even need a timetable. You just exist in this comfortable space where you get to experience the journey of music from start to finish. You can wander, relax, and come and go as you please. It’s all there right in front of you, pulling your attention when you see fit to give it.

The Gum Ball mixes musical genres and styles, from rock and soul to hip-hop, country and in between, over two stages, side by side, to create a flowing festival feast of music and dance.

Along with its musical element, The Gum Ball offers gourmet food and market stalls, yoga, skate demos, creative workshops, indigenous learning, live art, and a very popular late-night silent disco.

The kids are covered too with the KIDS FESTIVAL PROGRAM at the ‘House of Big Dreams’ kids zone. Here, you will find the kid’s crèche, a variety of kid-friendly workshops and fun activities, plus their very own silent disco.

All tickets include the option to camp, and you can bring whatever camp set-up you like. However, if you have a camper or caravan over 20ft, you will need to register and purchase a pass. They also offer boutique-style accommodation in the form of GLAMPING as an optional extra.

Young Gums

Young Gums is an incredible opportunity for young creatives to get an insight into the music and events industry. Now in its fourth year, they are once again looking for a bunch of kids who are super keen to immerse themselves in what could very well be their new projectory.

Young Gums is a mentorship program led by the good people at Dashville and supported by The Gum Ball’s professional and creative community of musicians, artists, technicians and event managers. A project, which is dedicated specifically to high school students aged between 13 – 17 years, targets emerging creatives in regional NSW who are interested in music festival production and performance.

After its success over the past few years, the team from Dashville will continue with the program in 2024, providing a nurturing environment for the chosen few who want to delve into a hands-on learning experience in a live festival environment over 5 days.

During the course of the five days, the students will engage with a range of qualified industry professionals – from musicians to lighting technicians – through a series of workshops, tutoring and one-on-one mentoring, learning the ins and outs of what it takes from set up to showtime. With the support of a Musical Director, the students will carry out daily rehearsals in preparation for a group performance on the main stage during the last day of the festival.

With The Gum Ball in full swing from Friday through Sunday, at the conclusion of each day’s program, there will be time to enjoy the festival’s evening performances with family.

Food & Drink

Ruby’s Pizzeria will be open and serving everything from coffee to pizzas, but they will also have a wide selection of food trucks and stalls serving delicious treats all weekend. From Vegan to hardcore carnivorous food, from breakfast right through to dinner, and snacks in between, we got you covered.

The Gum Ball is a BYO event (STRICTLY NO GLASS), but they also have a top-shelf bar and licensed area inside the arena for those who like an ice-cold tap beer or cocktail.

All persons under 18 must be accompanied by a legal/responsible guardian at all times during the festival. No event entry will be permitted to unaccompanied minors at any time.

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, about 171 kilometres north of the CBD via the M1. Public transport options 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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Campground gates open at midday on Friday 26th April.
The festival will run over three nights - Friday, Saturday and Sunday

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Full Weekend Tickets
This full weekend ticket provides entry to The Gum Ball festival and campground for one, from midday on Friday to midday Monday. All tickets includes optional onsite camping.
Adult (+18yrs): $270
Pensioner (+18yrs): $255
Teenager (13-17yrs): $164
Youth (7-12yrs): $96
Child (6yrs and Under): $33

Thursday Arrival
For anyone wanting to arrive Thursday afternoon, includes Thursday night concert. Gates open at 2pm. Arena open 6pm. Must also have a full weekend or flexi ticket for entry.
Adult: $60
Under 18yrs: $25
6yrs and Under: $10

Friday Flexi Tickets
The Friday Flexi ticket is for anyone who wishes to come Friday, but not intending to stay the whole three days. This ticket allows the purchaser to arrive from midday Friday and then on check out, register for a refund on the portion of days not utilised.
Adult (+18yrs): $280
Teenager (13-17yrs): $180
Youth (7-12yrs): $100
Child (6yrs and Under): $40

Saturday Flexi Tickets
This Saturday Flexi ticket allows anyone who wishes enter the festival Saturday and check out on departure in order to obtain the applicable refund.
Adult (+18yrs): $235
Teenager (13-17yrs): $150
Youth (7-12yrs): $80
Child (6yrs and Under): $30

Sat / Sun inc camping
Saturday arrival includes campground entry from 9am Saturday, festival entry both days, camping Saturday and Sunday nights, departure Monday. There is no refund component with this ticket.
Adult (+18yrs): $225
Pensioner (+18yrs): $215
Teenager (13-17yrs): $125
Youth (7-12yrs): $70
Child (6yrs and Under): $25

Sunday Only Tickets
This ticket provides one entry for the Sunday 28th April 2024, from 9am. Festival concludes 11pm Sunday. The option to camp onsite is included in this ticket. Breakfast is available to purchase in arena Monday morning until 11am.
Adult (+18yrs): $130
Pensioner (+18yrs): $120
Teenager (13-17yrs): $75
Youth (7-12yrs): $40
Child (6yrs and Under): $15

Friday Night Kids Creche: $45
Saturday Night Kids Creche: $45
The Gum Ball will again run a kids creche so you can kick up your heels and enjoy the night! We have kind qualified child minders. The creche operates at night from 6:30pm until 11:30pm. Ages 3 - 13. Stretcher beds supplied

Caravan Pass Over 20ft: $25
You need to register your caravan so they can ensure enough space for it in the campground. Please check the website event info page for more info regarding this. Caravans are restricted to certain areas of the campground. For this reason, please ensure you follow directions provided on arrival.

Family Bundle #1 (2 adults + 2 teens): $835
2x Adult (+18) Full Festival Pass (camping included, 3 nights)
2x Teenager (13-17) Full Festival Pass (camping included, 3 nights)

Family Bundle #2 (2 adults + 3 youth): $790
2x Adult (+18) Full Festival Pass (camping included, 3 nights)
3x Youth (7-12) Full Festival Pass (camping included, 3 nights)

Family Bundle #3 (2 adults + 2 pensioners): $1002
2x Adult (+18) Full Festival Pass (camping included, 3 nights)
2x Pensioner (+18) Full Festival Pass (camping included, 3 nights)

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