Sandford Bush Music Festival

Patron: Dobe Newton (OAM)

8th – 10th March 2024

(Labour Day Weekend)
Bush Music – Folk – Gospel – Celtic – Reggae – Bluegrass – Aussie Country

Sandford 2024

Our 2024 Celebration of Bush & Country Living will be held from Friday 8th to Sunday 10th March 2024 (Labour Day Long Weekend). Bush music, folk, gospel, Celtic, reggae, bluegrass and Aussie country music are performed by professionals, semi-professionals, amateurs and hopefuls including some very talented younger performers.

As well as programmed music there are heaps of fantastic jam sessions, workshops, walk-ups, bush poetry, country crafts, art exhibitions and demonstrations.

Due to the time of year, the possible catastrophic consequences of a wildfire in the camping area and terms of our insurance cover we have a blanket ban on open fires in the festival or camping areas. Gas fired BBQs are allowed except on days of total fire ban.

Bush Dance

The Bush Dance is always a popular event at the festival. This year it will be held on Sunday evening and will be in the care of Strat & Lyndal and The Rummagers. Strat & Lyndal have a wealth of experience holding dances in addition to myriad other community musical events. They will be holding a workshop on Sunday afternoon to get you warmed up. The Rummagers are highly skilled musicians playing traditional Australian folk music, sea shanties, jigs and much more. All up, it’s going to be a great evening of music, dancing and frivolity.

Sponsorships And Advertisers

This year we are producing an official printed program with lots of information about performers and performances, special events, workshops, vendors and other things that will be happening over the weekend. This program will be seen by thousands of people during the festival and after. If you want to get your name in there you can purchase an advertisement anywhere from 1/8 page up to full page. See here for more information.

The deadline for advertising in the printed program is 15th January 2024.

You can also get yourself into the program by signing up to be a sponsor. This way there are lots of extra perks. See here for sponsorship information.

Merch Shop

We’ll be selling merch at the festival but meanwhile, we’ve set up a few products at RedBubble so hop on over to check out some interesting Sandford Festival merchandise.

2023 Photos

Where’s all those photos that you took over the festival weekend?? It’s your civic duty to share them with everyone. Please send your photos to webmaster@sandfordfestival.com.

Where Are We?

Sandford Village is 5km South of Casterton in South Western Victoria, about five hours drive from Melbourne and six hours drive from Adelaide. See here for more information and Google Map.

How Can I Support The Festival?

You can support the festival in a variety of ways:

Buy Tickets Online: The first release of Early-Bird tickets is scheduled for 1st September. Tickets are expected to sell out well before the festival. Once sold out there will be no further ticket releases and no gate sales. Don’t wait for festival day, get in early to avoid disappointment, save money on the gate price and help us to pay our up-front costs!

Become A Sponsor: There are many local and national organisations and individuals taking advantage of our great sponsorship program. You choose your level of sponsorship and enjoy the exposure your business will receive in the lead-up and on the days of the festival.

Become An Advertiser: You can be a local business, a festival vendor or pretty much anything else near or far. You can advertise your business in our printed program. The program will be seen by thousands of people during the festival and after.

Become A Volunteer: We are always looking for volunteers to do the hard yards organising the event and its myriad peripheral tasks, preparing the grounds and working at the festival on the day. And the big bonus is, that may be all it takes to get you a free festival pass! Remember: Volunteers are our Festival Family and share a special camaraderie with other volunteers, performers and festival goers.

If you would like to be involved in this great event in any capacity:
Contact the festival secretary now on 0402 434 827.