Funk’n’Fest is the new summer music festival heading to Ballarat

Funk’n’Fest is the new summer music festival heading to Ballarat

Words by Talia Rinaldo

From the creators of the Ballarat Beer Festival.

Victoria has a new festival to look forward to next month, with Ballarat Funk’n’Fest announcing its first-ever run.

Created by local festival organiser Ric Dexter – the man behind the Ballarat Beer Festival – the one-day event is set to take place at the easily accessible and beautiful Northern Gardens (the corner of Zoo and Nursery Drives), transforming the gardens into a place to fulfil all your funk and soul desires.

What you need to know

  • Funk’n’Fest is the newest festival to hit Ballarat
  • Kylie Auldist headlines the inaugural event
  • The festival takes place in Ballarat on Sunday February 21

Keep up with the latest festival news here

With music at its heart, there will be something to suit a wide range of tastes at this brand-new event.

Heading to the inaugural Funk’n’Fest is Australia’s queen of soul Kylie Auldist – an artist who has been pleasantly blessing our ears and warming our souls for the past decade with groovy tracks and her radiating aura.

Often recognised as the voice of behind the greatest soul/funk act The Bamboos and the monster summer anthem ‘This Girl’ by Kungs vs Cookin’, Auldist’s sublime, groovy and soulful vocals have broken charts across the world, making this upcoming performance a dance party waiting to happen.

Joining Auldist, the event will also host the likes of Melbourne soul outfit Mayfield – fronted by vocal powerhouse, Carla Troiano; Melbourne funk juggernaut Lake Minnetonka; and Ballarat’s own Butterfunked, the female-fronted funk phenomenon boasting some of the best young musicians from the area, among others. We’re already preppin’ our dancing shoes – this will be a festival of absolute groovin’.

Providing the region with music that has a genuine way of getting listeners in a good mood, Funk’n’fest will be rounded out with delicious digestible delights from local food trucks, a beautifully bountiful collection of independent brewers on-site as well as a slew of regional wines to complete the day.

Mark the dates, book your Airbnb and prepare to soak up the summer sun with an afternoon of disco, funk, soul and R&B.

It all goes down at Ballarat’s North Garden on Sunday, February 21. Tickets are on sale now. You can check out the event on Facebook.

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