Beat’s Guide to Beechworth Music Festival

Promising to unlock your senses, it’s no wonder that Beechworth Music Festival describes itself as a festival showcasing “independence with a good dose of attitude.” 

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Al Parkinson

This regional festival is ready to rumble and we’ve lined up the ultimate BMF guide to ensure you have an absolute blast.

So…where are we going?

BMF will take place at the grassed amphitheatre nestled within the scenic hills of Madman’s Gully, set against the former Mayday Hills Lunatic Asylum. Dripping in history, Beechworth stands in Victoria’s north-eastern region, built on the splendour of the 1850s gold rush. Being a community-minded festival, food and beverage vendors will supply local produce, giving a further taste of what the region has to offer. Camping is free and an easy walking distance to the stage and village. As a family friendly environment, kids can part take in the festival’s Rock School, with participants able to perform not only at the festival but also at the town’s local venues. BMF aims for punters to connect with the local community, the ground on which the festival stands, and of course, its range of alternative music.


Presenting an all-Australian lineup, BMF has curated an array of genres to appease all your musical desires. This year’s headliners are Tumbleweed, who are set to deliver their fusion of grunge fuzz and psychedelic rock. It’s going to be mental. Pop foursome and local Melbourne band School Damage will pour their hearts out with lyrics that focus on the anxieties of modern love and life. Another stellar act to watch out for is Emilee South. Having been described as “Piaf meets Elvis”, see her shake things up with her psycho-surf rock ‘n’ roll. Folk singer Sal Kimber intertwines the Australian landscape into the construction and lyrics of her music. Catch her and her band the Rollin’ Wheel for a jiving time.  Be sure not to miss hiphop duo Black Magic, blues group the Rubber Band, and DJ sets by Mermaid and Architecture in Helsinki. All will go down across the festival’s single, intimate stage.  

How to get there

Beechworth is a three hour drive straight up the Hume Highway from Melbourne. The festivities will start from 4pm on the Friday with music continuing well into Saturday evening. Knock off work, grab a mate, get in the car and kick-start your long weekend.

Things to do

If the festival isn’t enough to make you head up to Beechworth this long weekend, the town itself is another reason to get away. Drenched in Australian history and Victorian charm, Beechworth has activities in abundance to choose from. Follow the story of Ned Kelly and his gang at the Ned Kelly vault in the town’s historic precinct, or take a trip to the sandstone gaol.  Go for a bushwalk through the stunning Chiltern-Mt Pilot National Park or to the Woolshed waterfalls. Feeling peckish? Stop off at the iconic Beechworth Bakery or sip on a beer at the Bridge Road Brewery. In other words, start packing your bags.

Beechworth Music Festival will take place on Friday January 25 and Saturday January 26 at Madman’s Gully Amphitheatre, Mayday Hills, Beechworth. For tickets and more information visit the festival website.