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Festival set to light-up gaol


Maitland Gaol will become alive with music, food and beer this weekend.

Newcastle’s soul-tronic duo, Boo Seeka will headline the annual Bitter & Twisted Boutique Beer Festival on Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 November.

After a year of non-stop touring and the release of a new single, band members Ben Gumbleton and Michael May’s smooth vocals, electro sounds, and hip-hop grooves are sure to be a hit.

Gumbleton describes the band’s sound as having a “summer vibe” and “all about feeling good and being happy”.

“We’re honoured to headline Saturday, it’ll be amazing to be a part of the atmosphere,” Gumbleton says.

Australian band Custard will also take the stage on Sunday, bringing with them a collection of memorable singles.

Maitland City Council Events Officer, Beth Anastasiou, says organisers are thrilled with the festival’s line-up.

“We’ve got an awesome mix of genres, with local and interstate acts,” she says.

Bullhorn, The Long Johns, Kookshill and Rubix Cuba round out the line up on Saturday, and The Hi-Boys, Lili Crane and Burger Joint will take to the stage on Sunday.

There will be several brewers at the festival, and food choices from around the globe will be available to accompany the beverages.

Other entertainment will include a disco, drag queen bingo and a smaller, twisted stage where local acts will perform, including Tantrum Youth Arts.

“Come along, let’s have an amazing time,” Gumbleton says.

Visit for more information and tickets.

Meanwhile, Newcastle is also feeling the festival fever, with two events set to light up Wickham Park on November 9 and 10.

This That will boogie into town on Saturday 9 November, while Scene and Heard will occur the following day.

Newcastle’s own Raave Tapes will bring their indie, alternative rock flare to the stage at This That, returning to the festival following their set back in 2016. 

Go to or for more information on either event.

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