Stone & Dust to shake the Mount Gambier Gaol

A new music festival brings the best of Australian rock and hip-hop to the Old Mount Gambier Gaol.

Adelaide’s festival scene is coming to the Limestone Coast in November, thanks to a new event called Stone & Dust.

The festival will be held on Saturday November 12 at the iconic Old Mt Gambier Gaol and will feature some of Australia’s top rock and hip-hop artists.

These artists include rock band Spiderbait, from the regional town of Finley in New South Wales, and two-time ARIA-winning Perth hip-hop artist Drapht.

In addition to these heavy hitters, hip-hop icon Seth Sentry and Melbourne rock band Kingswood will perform, as well as local and touring backing bands yet to be announced.

The Old Mount Gambier Gaol, which will host the festival, is one of the city’s most iconic live music venues, known for hosting some of the region’s biggest shows, such as the Red Hot Summer Tour in 2019 and 2020 .

Owner James Stevenson says he has paid close attention to popular music with the people of Mount Gambier and is delighted to present great bands he knows they will enjoy.

“It’s important for me to keep in mind the kind of things the city wants, we have a lot of people in the 30-40 demographic, so bringing in big rock artists is always going to be a hit,” James says.

While keeping locals in mind, organizers are preparing for people to flock from across South Australia and potentially Victoria.

“We’d like to think we get a lot of local attendees, but we market between Melbourne and Adelaide, as well as parts of South Australia and Victoria,” says James.

“I would like to hope that anyone can come from anywhere to enjoy the show.”

Organizers aim to attract more than 2,500 people to the event. With early bird tickets sold out within a day of the festival announcement and more than 1,400 people already expressing interest via Facebook, that goal may not be far off.

The event is organized in collaboration with Arts and Entertainment South Australia (AESA). AESA representative Harriette Jolly explained that they are investing in this festival to help engage the community in the local music scene and see Mount Gambier as a good place to sell the culture of the state.

“Mount Gambier was an opportunity to attract interstate visitors and showcase what our fantastic state has to offer,” says Harriette.

She says AESA has also focused on developing its relationships with local Mount Gambier organizations to involve them in the festival.

“We engage with local sports clubs and community organizations in Mount Gambier,” she said.

“We have partnered with Jens Hotel for an afterparty and the local caravan park so visitors can camp on the grounds for additional accommodation options.”

Organizers are optimistic Stone & Dust will be a success. Even though this year’s show has yet to take place, James is already looking forward to presenting it again in 2023.

“This is our first, so hopefully if all goes well we’ll keep doing this from next year,” he says.

Tickets for the event cost $105 and are available here.

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