on December 19, 2018 See + Do

A summer of music and entertainment

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BALLARAT will play host to several gigs, festivals and events combining music, entertainment and great food over the next couple of months, making for a perfect summer getaway.

Here are our top picks for a summer of rock, pop, jazz and soul!

Christmas/NYE Parties

Karova Lounge, The Lost Ones Basement Bar, The Main Bar - Ballarat's live music venues will host a series of parties in December to suit your musical palate! Whether you're after a Christmas Eve soiree, or a cocktails and casinos NYE shindig, you'll be able to end the new year on a high note - literally!

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Jazz Convention - December 26 to 31

Bringing the cityscape to life every year, the annual Jazz Convention is back in Ballarat from Boxing Day and set to re-invigorate the city with all the New Orleans vibes. Settle into one of Ballarat’s chic bars or cafes, and soak up the surrounding reverberations.

Summer Sundays - January 6, 13 and 20

The perfect summer session, these outdoor gigs are held in the beautiful Ballarat Botanical Gardens and bring together some of the most-loved musicians from around Australia in what is an afternoon of fine music, fare and natural ambience! Line-up still to be announced, so watch this space.

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Organs of the Ballarat Goldfields - January 11 to 20

Bringing to life Ballarat's beautiful churches and historic locales, this annual festival is not only about showcasing music but also the history of the area, its churches, its public buildings, its parks and gardens and its private homes and properties.

Ballarat Beer Festival – January 19

There will be beer, and music, and wine, and the sun, and loads of activities for all ages. Headlined by nine-piece soul/funk outfit Butterfunked with the likes of Kelly Auty, Justin Yap Band, Blues Roulette and Frank Sultana also on the bill (amongst others), this day-long festival sings summer, brews and tunes.

Blaze Festival – January 26

Headlined by Dead City Ruins and Desecrator with the likes of Hadal Maw, Whoretopsy, Darker Half and Seedy Jeezus Dreadnaught footing out the bill, this is an inaugural festival for the hard and heavy music lovers.

Red Hot Summer Tour with Jimmy Barnes – January 27

Because you can’t go a summer in regional Australia without the Red Hot Summer Tour or Jimmy Barnes. Held at the North Gardens Reserve, the concert will also feature Joan Jett and The Living End as well as Diesel, Richard Clapton and Chocolate Starfish. Now that's a rocking day if ever we did see one.

Ballarat Beat at The Laneways – February 8 to 10

The annual Ballarat Beat Rockabilly Festival has re-jived into something new this year. Now called Ballarat Beat at The Laneways, the three-day festival will be held down the city’s loved alleyways, and will feature music, stalls, classic cars as well as an open-air cinema, bar choir, dance lessons and more!  

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