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Big crowd expected to pour into Bitter and Twisted at Maitland Gaol


Maitland Gaol is expecting to receive an influx of personnel later in the year.

But, don’t worry, they’re not of the prisoner kind.

The much-loved Maitland tourist spot will stage another edition of the popular Bitter and Twisted Boutique Beer Festival on 5 and 6 November.

And, organisers promise the event is returning bigger and better than ever.

Sydney alternative indie rock band Middle Kids, who picked up an ARIA award for Best Rock Album, following the release of their most recent record Today We’re The Greatest, headlines Saturday’s bumper line-up in 2022.

Then, award-winning four-piece roots collective The Beautiful Girls, who boast half-a-million album sales and 50 million Spotify streams, will take centre stage on Sunday’s program.

Joining them are Good Lekker, soul ska group Fat Picnic, as well as The Dead Maggies, Liquid Zoo, Austin Mackay Chris Cavill and Newcastle-based singer-songwriter BERLYN.

“After a two-year hiatus, we can’t wait to be back at Maitland Gaol this November,” Maitland City Council team leader events Tori Evans said.

“Bitter and Twisted has certainly cemented its place on the annual events calendar for fans of great music and people passionate about quality craft beer.

“Where else in Australia can you enjoy more than 80 craft beers and your favourite tunes in a former maximum security prison?”

In addition, there are a range of food stalls and other activities across the event site, as well as add-ons that visitors can purchase to make their day even more memorable.

These include Beer Trivia, Private Cell Blocks for you and your best mates, and Beer and Cheese Matching sessions, just to name a few.

“There’s something truly unique about Bitter and Twisted,” Ms Evans said.

Bitter and Twisted is an 18+ only event on Saturday 5 November, with all ages permitted on Sunday 6 November.

However, under-18s must be accompanied by a responsible adult at all times.

Tickets for the Bitter and Twisted Boutique Beer Festival go on sale from noon on Friday 5 August, which coincides with International Beer Day.

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The Beautiful Girls will perform at Maitland’s Bitter and Twisted Boutique Beer Festival.

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