After a year in the wilderness the fiery winter warmer, PigSty In July returns to Dashville in 2018, not bigger, but better!
Considered the more sinister little sister to the famed Gum Ball,PigSty in July is a reduced capacity, exclusive day out in the bush at Dashville, with an equal measure of decadence and debauchery.
A compulsory 'second-hand formal' dress code sets the tone for a laidback day of great live music and comedy, succulent food, top-shelf grog and a few toasty bonfires for good measure.
Unfortunately, you'll have to leave the kiddies at home as this one is fully licensed, adults only (+18).This year the oversized outdoor dinner party will run a collaboration with MEET Restaurant, who will provide a succulent multi-course dinner full of their famous Brazilian style BBQ menu, included in the $95 ticket.
Along with a complimentary drink on arrival, optional camping and a whole bunch of live entertainment, that all seems like a pretty good deal!With the return of PigSty in July, organisers are excited to jag home-grown Aussie ska legends The Porkers. Formed in Newcastle way back in 1987, the group, led by founder and singer Pete Cooper, are an institution on Australia's live circuit and have toured internationally and played major festivals like the Big Day Out, Livid, Vans Warped Tour and Homebake.
With an energy custom-made for a party such as PigSty,The Porkers are 31 years young and ready to make this night one to remember. Joining The Porkers is another highly reputable Australian rock band,the incomparable Front End Loader. With new record Neutral Evil under their belt, the 27-year-old band isn't about to slow down. Their heavy anthems have riffs you could carve with a steak knife.
Other acts to get you up and grooving, include a band that tore the house down at Gum Ball 2017, Brisbane eight-piece The Steele Syndicate. This stellar party band fuse rock, funk, soul and reggae into classic tunes that will have you dancing up a storm. Then there's The Jolene, from the sunny North Coast NSW.
This big family band weld a mix of ragged country, rock, bluegrass and gypsy to create something all their own. Then you've got the party band of a party bands Dashville Progress Society, an evolving Mecca of around 14-22 local musicians, who seem to have garnered quite the reputation after a number of appearances at Dashville over the years.
Georgie Jones is excited to be bringing her band song to warm up proceedings when the live music kicks off at around 2pm. Comedy is also set to keep the smile on your dial at least until the crackling arrives particularly with Melbourne's Aaron Gocs.
This mullet wielding funny man is fast becoming one of the country's most beloved comics and documenters of Australian culture and his dry humour we can all relate to. Cameron James is thriving in the Australian stand up scene, selling out shows left, right and centre at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival with his show Chilled Out/Fired Up.
The Newcastle native also had a one-hour special air on the ABC as part of their Comedy Next Gen series. It's worth a look on ABC iView. Bec Charlwood has performed at Melbourne International Comedy Festival and The Sydney Comedy Store.
She recently was hand selected by Rove McManus to feature at his live shows and also performed at Tahir's Christmas Showcase. Her effortless charm and wit will keep you laughing all night.
For more information and tickets visit www.dashville.com.au.
What are you waiting for – get crackling! ■