Everyone is welcome in The Festival Village. This is where you will find the Live’n’Local outdoor stage, the swimming pool and Lilliput (the kindergarten). Here also are the food vans and a market stalls. Look out for Michael the Balloonologist before and after the Kids’ Programs at Lilliput in the mornings.
NOTE: This is an unticketed area. Yes, it’s free!
At the end of Panmure Street, near the pool and Lilliput
Andrew Pattison’s Troubadour was a much-loved acoustic music venue in Melbourne in the late 70s and early 80s. When he moved to the country to start a vineyard and take up winemaking, he continued The Troubadour tradition by running food, wine and music weekends at his vineyard, and by setting up The Troubadour tent at the Maldon and National Folk Festivals. In 2000, the Chewton Folk Festival was launched, with its centrepiece being The Troubadour. In 2007, the festival moved to Newstead and became Newstead Live Music Festival. Although Andrew has retired from any active role in organising the festival, he continues as our patron. In homage to him, the nature of The Troubadour will remain unchanged. Andrew may even make the odd appearance as MC at this much-loved venue.
Newstead Recreation Reserve
21A Panmure St, Newstead
Festival Reception is in the foyer. The main hall is one of the prime venues of the festival. The Community Centre Café operates in the old section, featuring Klua Sathorn Thai food, and a beer and wine bar run by Shedshaker. The hall and the café are both air-conditioned.
9 Lyons St, Newstead
This is the local kindergarten and pre-school. It provides a more intimate space for performers and is air-conditioned.
2 Panmure St, Newstead
Located across the street from The Troubadour, immerse yourself in the delightful acoustic sound in this tiny country church.
26 Panmure St, Newstead
This space is the refurbished workshop of an old service station, and operates commercially as a business with a focus on sustainable energy solutions. In keeping with its history, here you will find performance workshops, including the festival choir.
49 Lyons St, Newstead
Officially named Newstead Park but known locally as The Playground Park or The Pirate Park, here you will find kids’ shows in the morning, and a selection of festival artists in the afternoon. Watch out for Michael the Balloonologist. Bring along your picnic rug, grab a sausage from the Men's Shed and pack your esky for a family-friendly day of entertainment. This is a FREE VENUE.
4 Pyrenees Hwy, Newstead
An outdoor stage which celebrates all types of music featuring local artists. The stage operates on Friday and Saturday and is located in the Festival Village in Panmure Street. Musical styles may vary widely from that of the mainstream festival. This is a FREE VENUE.
2 Panmure St, Newstead
Hosted by The Arts Hub at the old Newstead Railway Station, and showcasing instrument makers, mostly stringed instruments, but listen for the haunting sound of the ocarina. Hop in the shuttle bus and head over the river. The refurbished Station Master’s House & Ticket Office is worth a look on its own.
Open from 10am until 5pm Fri & Sat 10am - 5pm; Sun 10am - 12noon. Entry is by donation.
8A Tivey St, Newstead