Goldfields Festival

InAct Oz’ Goldfields Festival is a Music and Arts Festival that will be held over the Labour Day Weekend 2018 in the town of Newstead itself.

Newstead is in central Victoria situated along the Loddon River. It is in the Shire of Mount Alexander local government area and is about 15 mins drive from Castlemaine.

It is safe to say it is a very Arts-centric community; it has festivals and folk events, and is in the centre of the Golden Triangle, close to many tourist attractions and events.

It is the home of ‘Newstead Live’, the traditional festival that has entertained countless people over the years. From the Troubadour stage to the Community Hall, and up to the Uniting Church, Newstead is buzzing with traditional folk music and music of a similar ilk over the Australia Day weekend.

It is also the location for ‘Chopped’, the very popular music and hot rod event that has attracted thousands of people over the years.

Organised by InAct Oz, in association with the Newstead Community, the festival will be held in the Newstead Community Hall. It will celebrate the rich diversity of the local music scene by featuring a wealth of talented up-and-coming young progressive entertainers from the Goldfields area.

A key feature of the weekend is that InActOz is turning the Newstead Community Centre’s eatery into a Café, serving authentic African cuisine!

The Goldfields Festival will kick off on Friday 9th March with the opening and dedication, followed by a night of local Blues and Roots.

Saturday 10th will start with an afternoon of acoustic music from the region’s most talented up and coming artistes, including Grim Fawkner, Sherri Parry, Steph Bitter and others, followed by rockier bands taking the stage in the evening including Cameron Holmes and the Blues Dudes, Trash Lilly and CHeese EXcursion.

Sunday 11th will be a day of vibrant local bands and a night of contemporary Celt and Folk music. The food and more laid-back music will continue all day and most of the night at the Community Hall.

Labour Day itself will be an all-age open stage fun jam session from noon onward. Bands, artistes, and entertainers from the Goldfields area will be able to pitch up and have a go on the stages. The day will cost $10 entry (except for those who have bought tickets for the whole event), and all proceeds will go to the Bendigo Health Foundation.

For more information please contact the InAct Oz Management Team at