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There’s only 8 short weeks to go until Fairgrounds Festival returns to Berry NSW for the first weekend of summer, Friday 2nd and Saturday 3rd December.


As this weekend of wonder draws closer, Fairgrounds is proud to welcome a new batch of world-class Australian talent to its bill in the form of Gabrielle Cohen, Middle Kids, Ali Barter, Bec Sandridge and Adam Gibson.

Thanks to overwhelming demand from revellers travelling from Sydney and Canberra, Fairgrounds is pleased to announce the expansion of its popular Rivercamp. With tent prices starting at $50 per person per night, Fairgrounds is introducing all ages family friendly zoning as well as a free shuttle service operating to and from the festival. Limited spaces still available for onsite luxury camping and locally around the South Coast Region, for more information, see fairgrounds.com.au.

“After the success of the inaugural Fairgrounds last year, Shoalhaven Tourism is proud to be hosting the event again in Berry, this December.” Explains Shoalhaven Tourism Manager Coralie Bell

“We are particularly excited about the glamping and local produce element this year. December is the perfect time to escape a little longer, relax and reconnect on our unspoilt beaches and in historic villages. Festival goers are in a for a real treat!”

Limited 1st Release tickets to the festival are nearly sold out. Head to fairgrounds.com.au to snap up the last of these specially discounted passes, as well as for more information about camping, transport and accommodation.


Fairgrounds Festival already boasts one of the season’s most exciting line-ups, including Rodriguez, Angel Olsen, Big Scary, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizardand The Drones. Also featuring the Swedish Troubadour The Tallest Man On Earthand Japandroids, who have sold out the rest of their Australian dates, so this will be your last chance to catch Vancouver’s finest rock ‘n’ roll pair.

Joining the line-up will be Sydney trio Middle Kids, whose heartfelt single “Edge of Town” earned them top prize in FBi Radio‘s Northern Lights Competition and a trip to Iceland to perform at the Iceland Airwaves Music Festival. Melbourne’s Gabriella Cohen will grace the bill with the slinky, lo-fi chords that BrooklynVegan recently described as “warm, smokey guitar pop, steeped in the Velvet Underground and vintage soul.”

Fellow Victorian Ali Barter will open festivities on Friday with her raucous, purposeful guitar-pop, while the South Coast’s own Bec Sandridge will perform stripped-back and solo, proving why she’s one of triple j unearthed’s biggest breakouts of 2016.

Sydney storyteller Adam Gibson will return to Fairgrounds for a second year to open the intimate Newtown Social Club Stage with his hilarious and moving spoken-word tales, backed by his band The Ark-Ark Birds.


As well as pleasing ears and astounding eyes, Fairgrounds Festival will return this December with a vastly multiplied buffet of options for the tastebuds. Lead by local heroes in legendary Berry bakers Flour Water Salt and Jervis Bay restaurant Paper Bark Camp, your food and drink options at this year’s festival will be endless.

Paper Bark Camp is an award-winning family-run business based in Jervis Bay, and will be bringing their dining experience to Fairgrounds, pop up style. Setting up a gourmet long table restaurant for short, festival friendly dinner services, making sure Fairgrounders will catch all the music they want to, bookings to the service will be available in October.

Flour Water Salt is a south coast hidden gem, a family-run business in the heart of Berry. Fairgrounds is tickled pink that Flour Water Salt will be bringing their bakery to the lush fields of the Berry Showgrounds, with sweet and savoury baked goods straight from the oven and garden-fresh salad boxes galore, with mouth-watering cheese and mezze plates, packed full of local produce in the Garden Bar.

Across the bountiful food areas, we will see the likes of Prestige Oyster Companyagain serving nothing but the freshest south coast oysters you’ve ever tasted. The Mac Merchants will be serving their inventive take on the mac and cheese classic. Locals Fat Shallot will be serving their delicious chilli salt squid to be washed down with a quenching apple, mint and ginger iced tea. The Gourmet Goons will be cooking up a vegetarian storm with their tofu and roasted mushroom burgers. Grab a mouth-watering gourmet hot dog from Chrissy’s Cuts, a sweet treat from south coast’sDiego’s Donuts, a cake from Sweet Petit or confectionary from our friends The Treat Factory. Featuring this year will also be Sydney pizza dons Pizza Da Mario and colourful spice-merchants Cuban Cantina. Also on the table will be Japanese fare with Shiso Fine, Newtown smoke house Bovine & Swine, Fairgrounds favourite Vietnamese foodies Mama Linh’s, Crepe Co, Juice Farm, Maverick Coffee and much, much more.

With another amazing batch of artists added to the line-up and the absolute universe of food options announced, Fairgrounds Festival 2016 is set to be a weekend that cements its position as one of the most unique events this festival season.


A carnival of music and discovery

a little south of Sydney

**Just Added**

Ali Barter| Bec Sandridge | Gabriella Cohen | Middle Kids | Adam Gibson & The Ark-Ark Birds


Angel Olsen | Big Scary | The Drones | Jagwar Ma | Japandroids | Julia Jacklin

Julien Baker | King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard | Rodriguez | Sarah Blasko | Sheer Mag

Son Little | The Tallest Man on Earth 


Flour Water Salt | Paper Bark Camp | Pizza de Mario | Cuban Cantina | The Treat Factory

Gourmet Goons | Shiso Fine | Mama Linh’s | Crepe Co. | Juice Farm | Maverick Coffee

Travel & Camping

Trains from Sydney Central Station | Local Shuttles

Rivercamp (18+ and AA) | Pop Up Hotel (VIP Glamping) 


Little Fairgrounds (Kids Area) | Field Games | Markets | Record Fair | Swimming Pool

Berry NSW – Fri 2 & Sat 3 December 2016

Tickets & accommodation at fairgrounds.com.au

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A festival for those who’ve outgrown festivals– Double J

An event that’ll easily be remembered as one of the most enjoyable, and certainly the most stress-free festival on the Australian calendar– Howl and Echoes

The music was eclectic and of high quality, and the whole thing was conceptually excellent” – The Music

Having experienced Fairgrounds and its bevy of little wonders, you come to realise how essential it is, and how much you’re going to look forward to going next year” –Soundly Sounds

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