This year's Dashville Skyline will introduce a varied array of workshops for punters of the festival.

Read on below for all the info, there's something for enthusiasts, beginners to intermediates, all guided by some impressive mentors.

Workshops will take place in the intimate surroundings of The Tractor Shed and we encourage everyone to pop in and participate, entry is included in your ticket!

FRIDAY 4th October


3pm - 4pm 

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Overview of varying instruments such as dobro, banjo, lap steel, electric guitar encompassing a variety of guitar styles, preferred tunings and general discussion.

Hosted by local guitar hero Leigh Ivan (The Re-mains), Toby Robinson (The Reasons To Live) and Jo Gray (James Thomson, DPS, Sam Newton).

BYO guitar if you want but not a requirement to take part in workshop. Suitable for beginner/intermediate players.  

SATURDAY 5th October

SONGWRITER'S SCHOOL - Songwriting Workshop

10.30am - 11.30am 


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Discussing the elements of a good song, how they emerge and how to channel that energy, repetition, reason and rhyme.

Hosted by Stan Woodhouse (Skyscraper Stan) and Steve Lane.

SATURDAY 5th October

THE ART OF STAGECRAFT - Performer workshop

12pm – 1pm



How do you gain and maintain the attention of your audience? Learn the rules of engagement from a couple of stage veterans.

This workshop is hosted by Chris Dent (Albi & The Wolves) and Jackie Marshall

SATURDAY 5th October


2pm – 3pm


A panel featuring some industry experts discussing topics such as - "What’s the best way for a songwriter or musician to make a career in the music industry?" "Should I remain independent or should I get an agent/manager?" "Should I put my music on Spotify vs should I take my music off Spotify?"

Panel members include Rob Scott (Source Music), Peta Chew (label manager ABC Music) and Fran Daley (Troubador Music) plus a few more to be announced.

SUNDAY 6th October

The Turtle Song  - Singing in language

11am – 11.45am

Emily Wurramara

Everyone is welcome to join Emily Wurramara and learn some songs in language and the hand clapping games that accompany them that she played as a child growing up on Groote Eylandt.

Hosted by Emily Wurramara.


Sunday 6th October

10am - 3pm

Got antique drum gear? Perhaps a few rare guitars and/or effects pedals, music books or PA gear? Or maybe you make your own citars..? Beware this is for you... register a spot via and come along to display your highly sought after, collectable music gear. Trade with other vendors or price it to sell to one of the thousands of musically minded onlookers. It's totally up to you!

More info on the Swap Meet here and below.

Register a spot via

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Dashville Skyline - Cosmic Country Weekender is very much a musician's festival. There's over 40 bands over three days, all of which come to embrace the various forms of alternative country, folk, psychedelia, bluegrass and beyond.

Around 2500 music slinging-loving folk will attend Dashville over the long weekend. So we’re pretty confident that if y'all get behind this great little community based idea it could be a real winner. The Swap Meet is a way to not only trade gear and find something you love, but exchange knowledge. Who knows what you may find!

Register a spot via and come along to display your highly sought after, collectable music gear. Trade with other vendors or price it to sell to one of the thousands of musically minded onlookers. It's totally up to you!


Firstly you'll need to grab a ticket to the festival (you can grab a one day pass or a full 3 day pass), and then you simply register with us your intention to sell via email to

Dashville Skyline is held at Dashville 4-6 October (Labour Day Long Weekend). It's worth the relaxing experience alone, so take the plunge.

The Swap Meet will run on Sunday 6th October, from 10.00am - 3.00pm. 

Stall sites are free and approximately 2.4m x 1.5m.

At this stage we can guarantee undercover position, but as sites fill up we may choose to expand into areas outside of the Tractor Shed.

You will need to transport your gear in and out of the Tractor Shed around those times. This won't be too hard, it's about 50m inside the festival entry and you can get pretty close to it with a car if required.

We can't guarantee security, but we can provide secure container lock-up storage overnight if that is desired.

We provide the space and you provide your display of highly sought after, collectable, hard to find, somewhat interesting.... music gear.

Trade with other vendors or price it to sell to one of the many musically minded onlookers at the festival. It's totally up to you!

It's free to buy, sell or trade, but if you want to sell you must register in advance.

For any questions, feel free to shoot us an email to

P.S.  For reference, that below is a pic of the outside of the Tractor Shed. It's gunna be a good vibe for a Musicians Swap Meet!