Due to COVID -19 The Gum Ball 2020 has been postponed until October. Please read below for updates and FAQs
In 2020, we have something quite special on our hands.
They say when two lovers meet, we refer to it as the joining of like minded souls.
When we relate that theory to Dashville festivals, the joining of like minded souls, becomes known as The Sky Ball.
Due to the current lock down on public gatherings based around that dirty V word, The Gum Ball was forced into a postponement situation.
So we considered our options and what would work best for all the people involved. We opted for the supreme option of joining the two great festivals together, to create one 'mega fest' known as The Sky Ball.
We thank you for your initial support of this move. Indeed we're all in this together and we are so grateful to have such a great supportive audience willing to help keep the Dashville dream alive.
Bare with us as we prepare to roll out this new one off mega fest..
The Sky Ball will operate for 5 days and nights. We are currently sorting the programming out, but in the mean time please note the structure..
Thursday 1st - the day where you arrive, set up, settle in and enjoy a reduced program from the afternoon onwards. As such Thursday is a slightly cheaper ticket.
Friday 2nd - A full day/night of activity, featuring more of a Gum Ball style program
Saturday 3rd - A full day/night of activity, featuring more of a Gum Ball style program
Sunday 4th - A full day/night of activity, featuring more of a Dashville Skyline style program
Monday 5th (NSW public holiday) - A full day/night of activity, featuring more of a Dashville Skyline style program.
Tuesday 6th is departure day, you're welcome to stay for breakfast and head out when you feel fit (usually by midday)
For those new to the Dashville Skyline vibe...
Skyline is Australia's very own Cosmic Country Weekender. A celebration of Americana, psychedelia and alternative country music.
While our modern tastes are broad, the heart and soul of Dashville is built on big ol' country and the greats of the '60s and '70s. Masters like Cash, Dylan, Guthrie, Young and Willie Nelson. Such is our love of this great music that we created a three-day music festival in celebration of its essence. Dashville Skyline, inspired by Bob Dylan's 1969 record of similar name, is for all our kindred spirits who revere the great songwriters. For those who love to venture into the past to discover lost songs, wayward souls and enthralling stories from a time that brought us to now.
Taking in alt-country, Americana, bluegrass, folk and psychedelia, the annual event is a celebration of all that is quality country-rooted music. Bringing together artists both modern and veteran, Australian and international, it is in every essence a world gathering for lovers of fine songwriting and the broad genres of folk and country music.
Combining two great Dashville festivals, The Sky Ball will be a 5 day music and arts bonanza.
The Sky Ball will be held at ’Dashville’, the same venue as The Gum Ball and Dashville Skyline.
103 Kirkton Rd, Lower Belford, Hunter Valley, NSW
1st -5th October, 2020
FAQS regarding the change in date.
What is happening to The Gum Ball 2020?
As a result of the ban on public gatherings due to COVID-19, The Gum Ball will no longer take place on 24th - 26th April 2020. It will now join forces with our sister festival, Dashville Skyline, to create one bigger, longer party in the bush over October long weekend (1-5 October, 2020). We’ve affectionately titled it The Sky Ball.
This event will still be family friendly and feature camping as a ticket inclusion. It will be a fab combination of our two signature festivals, so there’ll be something for everyone.
I’ve already purchased tickets to The Gum Ball 2020 - what happens to those?
All existing tickets to The Gum Ball 2020 have the following options
- Be transferred over to the new event with the addition of a bonus day. So full weekend Gum Ballers will get 3 full days and nights of action, compared to the 2 nights you had previously purchased for Gum Ball. (see more info on this below)
- You can use your tickets as credit for any other Dashville event, such as Thrashville or Hunter Tent Stay or even The Gum Ball 2021.
- Wait until your ticket has been transferred and then you can on-sell or give your discounted ticket to a friend.
TRANSFER BONUS - Because The Sky Ball will take place over 5 days. Your existing Gum Ball Full Weekend Pass on paper is equvilant to two full days and nights at the new event. Though as an added bonus and a sign of appreciation for your support and loyalty, we will be gifting all transferring ticket holders an additional entry for a third day and night free of charge. So that’s 3 full days and nights of festival goodness, for choosing to stick with us.
The 3 day pass operates Friday 2nd, Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th October.
We’re offering the same incentive to those who have purchased a Saturday Only Pass to Gum Ball - that means 2 full days and nights of festival action for you, too. Friday 2nd and Saturday 3rd October
All tickets purchased for the Creche, Sunday Wind Down and Caravan Passes are non transferrable in this instance, so we will be issuing automatic refunds to all purchasers of these ticket types asap.
For those looking to take on more than the Gum Ball equivalent 3 day experience, on the ticketing page, you will have the option to purchase Gum Ball upgrade for the Thursday and Monday, or you can purchase just the Thursday, or just the Monday etc..
The new dates don’t work for me, can I get a refund?
Initially we had suggested we could do refunds and we did quite a few, but unfortunately we have exhausted our ability to provide any further refunds. It's a tricky situation that we're all in, but because we want to be here when its all blown over, we are now urging people to hold on to their ticket purchases as credit for whatever future Dashville event they desire.
Please know unless you suggest otherwise, you're Gum Ball ticket will be applied as a 3 day ticket to The Sky ball. If this doesn't suit, you're also welcome to transfer it to any other Dashville event, such as Thrashville or the myriad of Hunter Tent Stay/Dashville Nights weekends.
Will the new festival have the same program?
As much as we would love to be able to pick up everything we had in place for The Gum Ball, and transfer it to October, this is going to be a challenge. We're working through the change with all performers and suppliers, but no doubt due to the amount of postponements and future planning that goes into a touring act, some will not be able to make it. Rest assured we will be securing equally brilliant replacements for those who can’t make it. And for those who can't make it, we will be looking to bring back to Gummy in 2021.
This new combined event will be a little bit Gum Ball (Friday and Saturday) and a little bit Dashville Skyline (Sunday and Monday). The Gum Ball days will still feature Gummy staples like the silent disco, op shop bop and an eclectic mix of bands. The Dashville Skyline days will still offer it’s signature brand of Cosmic Country, Americana, Folk and a sprinkling of Psych Rock, as well as the Sunset Super Round and an all round chilled vibe.
We will be posting more information on the program a little further down the track - we appreciate your patience and understanding while we work through it.
Can I buy/upgrade tickets to this new event?
Yes, Gum Ballers will have a discount code to purchase the extra Thursday/Sunday should it be desired. Please stand by while we work through and put all this new info together. We will announce tickets on sale asap via our newsletter and social media channels. Transfers are currently taking place.
Will it be BYO at Sky Ball?
Due to the merger with Dashville Skyline, Sky Ball will follow that events licensing. This means that you can BYO into the campground, but unfortunately no BYO drinks will be permitted into the arena. We understand this might be seen as a negative, but please appreciate we've given everyone an extra full day, plus discounts on entry for the other two days. We'll also be making sure we provide some good drink specials and a broad array of options.
I need some more info - how do I get this?
If you can’t find your answer in the section above, feel free to shoot us an email at email@example.com.
Whilst your questions are warranted, please appreciate our world is in a bit of a spin too since this force change in plans.. We're working through it though and it's coming together well.
We’ll be posting more and more info as we collate. We are also endeavouring to respond to your questions, whether individually or through public announcements as soon as we have the answer.
Thanks for patience and understanding,
Team Dashville x
MARKETS, BEERS, YOGA, you name it..
There's lots of different stuff happening at Gum Ball, the best part about it though, is there is only ever just enough so that you don't feel like your missing out on anything. No overlaps, no line ups, no hassles, no worries.
There's great food options for all diets, a licensed bar, undercover spaces to chill, markets to peruse, kids workshops, circus activities, a skate ramp, and morning yoga. The family can stick together or dart off in different directions. All in one big shady open arena, with easy view of the stage from every angle, it's all good!
We're always sure to have a stellar range of market stalls too - something for people of all ages.
KIDS CRECHE - Child Minding Service
The House of Big Dreams Kids Creche is a fully supervised, safe and fun area for kids to enjoy during the evening whilst the parentals enjoy the festival. Suitable for BETWEEN 3 AND 12 YEARS, on Friday and Saturday nights. The kids creche consists of a big tent at one end of the arena, with lots of great activities, stretcher beds, chill space and qualified child care workers ready to do their thing.
Tickets for this service will be $45 per child per night. Operating hours are generally 6.30pm through to 11.30pm. Limited places available - bookings can be made via our ticketing page at Humanitix. All bookings will be contacted prior to the festival to confirm arrangements.
The Gum Ball
Following some pretty awesome weekends in front of capacity audiences in 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019, The Gum Ball music and arts festival will return for its 15th instalment from April 24 to April 26, 2020.
The three-day boutique camping festival tucked away at Dashville, a secluded property at Belford in the Hunter Valley NSW, is considered one of Australia’s greatest family friendly BYO, camping festivals.
It really is the perfect festival for those that may have given up on festivals, whether it be because you felt too old, society scared you or whether having kids makes it difficult. People have discovered this little gem as the answer to ease back into the game. Ask anyone that has been and they'll tell you just how achievable it really is.
The Gum Ball has a reputation for inviting some of the country’s most popular acts to perform alongside their pick of the best emerging performers from around Australia and overseas.
A bit of a "proving ground" you might say, where legends like Hoodoo Gurus, Polish Club, Magic Dirt, Tex Perkins, Tumbleweed, Red Gum, Sampa the Great and Custard play alongside artists on their way up, like The Preatures, and King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard.
The Gum Ball mixes musical genres and styles, from rock and soul, through to hip-hop, country and in between, over two stages, side by side, to create a flowing festival feast of music and dance, where you don't have to do much else other than reach into the esky for another tin.
The festival has reached capacity the last three years in a row and is anticipated to sell out once again in 2020. The first line-up will appear in the coming month.
Along with its musical element, The Gum Ball also offers gourmet food and market stalls, kids crèche, yoga, skate demos, workshops, live art and a very popular late night silent disco.
Tickets include Friday arrival and Saturday arrival tickets for adults, youths, children and pensioners, available until sold out.
- Who's Playing? - there's a weekend of world-class music. Check out the who's playing page, playing times will be out very soon.
- Children's Activities? The festival hosts a range of exciting workshops, performances and play facilities over the weekend. There is a dedicated kids play zone next to the skate park. We pride the festival on being very family orientated, but please note you still need to supervise your young ones.
- Visual Arts Program - The Gum Ball embraces as much art as possible. In 2020 we are excited to be unleashing even more live art upon perplexed eye balls and bended minds. If you feel you have something to offer and would like to get involved with our visual arts program, its never too late until its over, send your enquiry through to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Stallholders - For all stallholder, performing artist, sponsorship, or volunteer enquiries, please visit the contact us page. Performing artist applications are now closed.
- Tickets are available through Dashville's online store. The Gum Ball has reached capacity every year since 2012, so probably best not to fluff around too much.
- BYO Food and Beverages - Despite the fact we have a super awesome bar full of great booze and lots of tasty food stalls, at this festival you can bring your own food and drinks. Though please know and respect our biggest rule, GLASS IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN. Please do not bring any form of glass into the festival. Basically this is the bush and broken glass does not breakdown, your one slip up can cause long term grief for not only children and animals, but perhaps even your own face.
- Camping particulars - the campground is located directly outside and around the arena, so its a simple case of walking from your campsite through the gate and into the arena. At worst case this could be up to 200m if you're camped at the extremity of the campground. You are allowed to bring whatever camp set up that suits your group or person, though we ask that you consider not taking up too much space if it is not necessary. There are some restrictions on large caravans due to the amount of vegetation, please read the point below in regards to this. Vans over 20ft need to be registered, to ensure suitable space is available.
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