After celebrating a 10th anniversary in 2014 and subsequent year off in 2015, the famed Gum Ball Music and Arts Festival will make a triumphant return back to its beloved Hunter Valley bushland home ‘Dashville,’ on 22-24 April 2016.

The popular camping festival which in 2014 saw the Hoodoo Gurus headline a huge list of over 30 acts perform to a capacity crowd of around 2500 people, is anticipated to return for its biggest year to date.

Organiser Matt Johnston comments;

‘In 2014 it was pretty overwhelming after all the work we had put in, to see how well the festival had grown over its 10 years, not in size but in quality. A lot of people were bummed that we had a year off, but after some great rest and recovery we are excited to be bringing it back, better than ever.’

Today a retrospective video has been released on the 2014 event, you can view this via the website

The Gum Ball 2016 festival will run in similar format to previous years, with live music over two stages for 2 nights and 3 days, including the popular silent disco and Sunday breakfast wind down. Due to recent site improvements, its anticipated that further inclusions will be added to the festival program over coming months to complement Dashville’s growing space.


Earlier this month on a balmy October long weekend, the Dashville team launched the first instalment of a new Americana themed event titled Dashville Skyline.

With the accolades still rolling in and the recovery still in progress from this well received event, no time has been spared for the hard working Johnston family, coming back with a fresh announcement for the highly anticipated Gum Ball festival.

The April date coincides with the last weekend of the school holidays, which is also the ANZAC Day long weekend.

Early bird tickets for The Gum Ball festival will be released in early November, with a first round line up anticipated later in December.

The family friendly festival has received much praise throughout its 10 year tenure for its grass roots effort in providing a down to earth, laidback offering of eclectic live music and relaxed bush camping