The Gum Ball 2014 lineup has been announced with the first round of bands for the annual music festival revealed.

The independent boutique music and arts festival is celebrating its 10th Anniversary for its 2014 edition, taking place Friday 11th and Saturday 12th April next year, and has handpicked an eclectic mix of local and international acts to help celebrate their landmark birthday.

Headlining The Gum Ball 2014 lineup is veteran rockers Hoodoo Gurus, followed close behind by the well-travelled cosmopolitan indie that is Jinja Safari, the new queen of Aussie neo-soul Ngaiire, the expanded psych rock quartet of Wolf & Cub, and direct from the UK, the comedic folk punk stylings of Adrian Edmondson and The Bad Shepherds.

Also on The Gum Ball 2014 lineup is two-headed blues beast Swamp Thing, the Nicky Bomba All Stars, the rustic rock of The Gin Club, Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes, Jordan Rakei, Pow Wow, and headed over from Canada, Lindi Ortega. The rest of the artists on the lineup will be announced on 24th January 2014, with the remainder of the acts demonstrating the broad range of music that has become The Gum Ball’s trademark.

The Gum Ball will once again be held at its pristine country home, ‘Dashville’, located in Lower Belford in the Hunter Valley in New South Wales. But next year’s Gum Ball will take place slightly earlier on the calendar, the two day event to be held on the first weekend of April (coinciding with the school holidays), in a move that will helpfully better suit families looking for a musical adventure ahead of Easter.

“We’ve been through a lot in this time, a rollercoaster of passion, fatigue, joy and hindsight. In the end though, it’s about the people that come to Gum Ball,” says The Gum Ball’s Matt Johnston about having made it to 10 years in the highly competitive Australian music festival market.

Johnston attributes the unique atmosphere and family-friendly nature of The Gum Ball as the reason it has sustained a growing popularity over the years.

“People have become ‘festival experts’- they go to so many events they begin to realise what they want out of an experience,” Johnston says. “For The Gum Ball, it’s almost like the headline bands take a back seat to the comfort, serenity and supreme laid back vibe.”

Tickets for the Gum Ball 2014 are on sale now, available as full two-day weekend passes or single tickets for the Saturday.

The Gum Ball 2014 Lineup

Hoodoo Gurus
Jinja Safari
Wolf & Cub
Adrian Edmondson and The Bad Shepherds (UK)
Nicky Bomba All Stars
The Gin Club
Swamp Thing (NZ)
Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes
Lindi Ortega (CAN)
Jordan Rakei
Pow Wow

+ more to be announced.

The Gum Ball 2014 Dates, Tickets

Friday 11th & Saturday 12th April 2014
Belford, Hunter Valley NSW

Adult (18-59yrs) Full Weekend – $195.00 + bf | Saturday Only  $130.00 + bf
Senior (60+yrs)  Full Weekend – $185.00 + bf | Saturday Only $110.00 + bf
Teenagers (13-17yrs)  Full Weekend – $90.00 + bf | Saturday Only $60.00 + bf
Child (7-12yrs) Full Weekend –  $45.00 + bf | Saturday Only $30.00 + bf
Kids (6yrs and under) Free!

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