Saturday, January 20, 2018

Stay tuned for the first announcement on 2018, read on below about what went down in 2017.

Please welcome...

Thrashville, with all its nonchalance and awesomeness.

So we've been chipping away for the last 12 years, building this Dashville thing, bringing legendary acts out into the bush, such as Hoodoo Gurus, Shihad, You Am I, Ed Kuepper, Dan Sultan, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard... to name a few. 
Dashville loves all types of music and from what we can see, so do you. So we felt it was time to add another special party to the calendar. Something for our heavy music-loving audience to get behind and go nuts about.
You asked for it, now here it is...

The Run Down on Thrashy...

Embracing the sharper edge of human existence, comes an exciting new addition to the Dashville festival fleet.

Thrashville, with its furry feet set firmly in the punk, hard rock and metal genres, has loads of awesome extras like skateboard demos, graff art displays, bmx, markets and more.

One day to drink and be merry, basking in the full throttle riffage of some of Australia's craziest musical legends, plus a fine selection of more local favourite thunderers over two stages for 12 hrs.

The first crack at Thrashville occurred on Saturday 21st January 2017, in the sacred grounds of Dashville, located in the bush at Belford, Hunter Valley, NSW.


A legendary line-up of acts descended on Dashville for the inaugural THRASHVILLE festival. Cosmic Psychos brought raw, fist-to-the-face riffage, all while cooking a barbie on stage to fill the ravenous bellies in the audience. It was more Aussie than a roo shagging a platypus.

Hard-Ons did what they do best - blistering and insanely catchy punk rawk - and helped cap off a mammoth day of hard rock, metal and old-school punk. The Neptune Power Federation made brains bleed with their gargantuan riffage and soaring vocals.

We can't wait for 2018.


  • The event is fully licensed. NO BYO
  • Thrashville entry is $55 + booking fee.
  • You must be aged 15 and above to attend.
  • Optional onsite camping is available for $15
  • You can also catch a bus, see Rover Coaches website to book this.
  • Music over two stages, one act at a time.
  • Playing times will be announced Jan 5th.
  • Anyone looking to get involved in any of the elements, should email


Rover Coaches are running return bus services throughout the Hunter.


Click the link for more info on various elements and to apply.


Help spread the word. There's a poster, Facebook banner and other bits in here


Click the link to view and print your own program with playing times.



Meet the artists that descended on Thrashville for the inaugural 2017 festival.


Dashville is lubed and ready for a visit from the evergreen HARD-ONS, whose stiff riffs have remained perennially tumescent since 1981. Emerging from Punchbowl, the punk rockers have built a loyal following right around the world. To say we're keen for them to unleash on our Lower Belford property is an understatement.

Cosmic Psychos

The one and only COSMIC PSYCHOS will headline the inaugural Thrashville. Formed in 1977 by three farmers in Spring Plains, the raw spirit and sound of the Psychos has had an unsung impact on international music. They've been on Dashville's wishlist for far too long - the time has come to get a little Psycho in Lower Belford. Men of the land, these guys are our kindred spirits. Long live the f%@kin' Psychos.


We lured CLOWNS up from Melbourne's suburbs with the promise of sun, beers and good times. The Dashville crew is very pleased they said yes. We really dig Clowns' balls-to-the-wall punk rock - it's got that old-school, thrashy flavour that our Thrashville shindig is all about. Welcome to the Dashville fold, lads.


MISCHLING are legends of the Hunter Valley’s heavy rock scene. Merging many different styles, the four-piece’s live shows are the stuff of local legend. It's been close to 15 years since they've played live. They officially reform this December 2nd for a special one-off show at their spiritual home, the Junkyard, then its Dashvilles turn.

It's super exciting to be able to provide a fresh big outdoor stage at Thrashville for this KILLER band that rocked a generation.

Mucho Sonar

MUCHO SONAR take hard rock and give it a hot brass injection. The result is a robust sound that knocks you for six, merging punk, metal and ska influences. Featuring members of Hell City Glamours, Chinchen, Dropsaw and No Reason, Mucho Sonar were a hit at 2016’s Gum Ball festival and we can’t wait to have them back.


Brisbane’s WAAX have also joined the fray, bringing their punk-infused rock to Dashville’s idyllic surrounds, They have been getting a lot of love from Triple J, with tracks ‘I for an Eye’, ‘Same Same’ and ‘Holy Sick’ played nationally. They’ve quickly garnered a reputation as a tight, melodic and volatile live act, spurned by Marie DeVita’s raw energy.


ZOMBONIMO are no strangers to Dashville, having played The Gum Ball. But they were one of our first choices to kick off this new era at Thrashville. Four hard-working musicians from Maitland, the band has a classic metal sound spurned by three vocalists - each with their own explosive delivery. There's a reason why they're a live favourite in the Hunter Valley. Welcome back, lads.

The Australian Beefweek Show

When we had the idea to throw this Thrashville bash, the first act that came to mind was THE AUSTRALIAN BEEFWEEK SHOW. Cut from the same cloth as our beloved Cosmic Psychos, Maitland's Beefweek are raw power that shoots straight from the hip. Raucous, pissy and a little bit funny, this music sounds best with a cold frothie in hand. Legends.

The Neptune Power Federation

Behold THE NEPTUNE POWER FEDERATION. Sydney's premier occult garage hard rock band. This mighty five-piece contains not only esteemed musical pedigree, but also a sense of epic melodrama that's sure to shake Dashville down to the Earth's core. Screaming Loz Sutch's vocals channel the searing power of Ann Wilson and Ozzy - get ready to dance with the Devil.

Jen Buxton & The Slaughterhouse Five

Treasured Newcastle singer-songwriter JEN BUXTON is heading to Dashville, with her folk-tinged musings on relationships, life and death, sure to be a soothing moment of reflection amongst a day of high-energy racket. Buxton released her acclaimed debut record, Don't Change Your Plans, on Poison City Records, and has since followed with Desperation Demos and a split 7" with Lincoln Le Fevre. Buxton will be joined by backing band, The Slaughterhouse Five.


HOWNOWMER (pronounced HOE-noh-mah) is a fresh and dynamic trio featuring the ubiquitous Ben Salter. The new project, which includes Jacqueline Dortmans and Harley McLeod, channels some of the sizzling electric energy of Salter's Giants of Science, a band that made their mark on Australian rock in the '90s. Salter has continued his diverse catalogue with The Gin Club and The Wilson Pickers and has played Dashville on numerous occasions - we can't wait to have him back with the amps turned to 11. Have a listen to Hownowmer's debut EP here.


ANAMATA have only been together for 18 months but are already turning heads with their prog-rock and metal alloy. Singer Brandon James has a big set of pipes and he's backed by a dynamic juggernaut of riffs and brooding atmosphere. We recommend giving these Newcastle rockers your attention at Thrashville this January.

Aaron Gocs: Thrashville MC

Dashville is cracking open a frosty chocolate milk in celebration of Aaron Gocs' imminent arrival at their humble property... as Thrashville's official Master of Ceremonies. Expect some stand-up and some superb band introductions. Since his "Classic Stitch-Up" video went viral across the world, Gocs has become a household name. With a new show on ABC2 on national screens, Gocsy is set to conquer the world. First stop: Thrashville.


Sick to death of being the only women on stage, GLITORIS came together to destroy sensibility and stereotypes. As four accomplished musicians and fierce riot grrls, they are fast becoming the musical outlet for the repressed rage and silenced symbols of our culture. Rejecting the objectification and commodification of bodies, Glitoris roars through its potent blend of loud and raw punk pop. Think Peaches, Rage Against the Machine and Bikini Kill mixed with shouts of "GLITORIS!" and “UTERUS!"

Kill Dirty Youth

KILL DIRTY YOUTH will be making some noise at Thrashville and it's something of a homecoming - the rowdy four-piece are originally from the Hunter. Since moving to Melbourne they've set a cracking pace, taking their punked-up rock along the East coast and dropping a debut record, Music is For Losers through Poison Thorn Records. These lads only know one way - getting down and dirty.

Stone Lions

Central Coast pop skater punk trio STONE LIONS have just dropped debut EP, Neck on and Kicking Off, Pt.1, and it’s a sound that celebrates the pure pop energy of ‘90s punk. It’s no surprise that the trio is fresh from support slots with Unwritten Law. A band to keep your ear on.


Thrashville set times 2017 line-up metal punk Hunter

Want to do a live artwork at Thrashville?

We're after applications from talented folk to create an artwork during the festival


Please read these carefully, some of these are standard terms for Dashville, some are new, so make sure you take note and pass this information on to all in your party.
  • NO DIPSHITS OR DIPSHIT-ISH BEHAVIOUR. We at Dashville pride ourselves on hosting events full of considerate, consciencious good folk, which always guarantees a good time for everyone else. Let's keep it this way.
  • NO AGGRESSIVE BEHAVIOUR (See above policy on dipshits).
  • UPON ENTRY - All vehicles will be subject to a search prior to entry to the festival campgrounds. Don't risk bringing booze.
  • GAS BOTTLES - will be checked by security and must in suitable condition with valid service date to be permitted into campground. All compressed cylinders require responsible use at all times.

Basically these days if you think it's illegal or not allowed, it probably isn't. If there is anything unclear or something you are not sure about, please email for further clarification.

Festival Organisers reserve the right to refuse entry or evict any person at any time for any of the above breaches. Any person caught behaving in a threatening, malicious or inappropriate manner (aggressive, riotous, abusive, or insulting actions) towards other patrons or event staff or equipment, will result in the permanent removal of the patron from the site and possible referal to police for prosecution.


Do you have showering amenities?

We have a large block of private shower cubicles to cater to the needs of all campers and there are always a sufficient number of portaloos within the arena and campgrounds.

Are you running buses?

Yes, Rover Coaches are running a return bus service from Newcastle and throughout the Lower Hunter. You can book tickets here. Camping is probably more fun though, yeah?

Is the property wheelchair-friendly?

Yes, the campground is flat and the main arena gently undulates. We have had wheelchair-bound music lovers visit in the past and they’ve had an excellent time.

Is there a limit on the size of campervans and caravans?

At this time there is no limit on the size of campervans and caravans. The campground is expansive but is at the mercy of the natural vegetation. If you and your friends have large campervans and would like to be parked next to each other, we recommend getting to Dashville as soon as gates open, as our policy is first-in-best-dressed. Early campers get the best spots.

Can we park next to our tent/campsite?

Yes, provided there is room. The campground has a first-in-best-dressed policy, so get there early to ensure the set-up you’re after. We also ask campers to respect that a large number of people need to squeeze in, so don’t take up any more space than necessary.

Can I bring my own generator?

Small generators are permitted but please be respectful of your fellow patrons in regards to noise. Switch off the genny when others are trying to sleep.