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By Ben Hansen
April 09, 2021
By Ben Hansen
April 09, 2021

This year's Strawberry Fields sold out in minutes, but if you missed out on tickets, the team behind the beloved regional festival is returning to its home on the border of NSW and Victoria for a more tunes and good times this June. Good Times Festival will pop up in the inland town of Tocumwal by the Murray River later this year, and is set to feature a soulful and folk-heavy lineup of Australian musicians — plus live art, workshops and a pop-up bar.

An array of events and activities will pop up throughout Tocumwal on Friday, June 18 and Saturday, June 19, including a lineup of acclaimed musicians taking to the Tocumwal Memorial Hall stage. At the Memorial Hall, you can catch blues duo Josh Teskey and Ash Grunwald performing their collaborative album Push the Blues Away, as well as Emma Donovan and The Putbacks, Benny Walker, Cash Savage and The Last Drinks, and Surprise Chef.

To kick off the festival on the Friday, Good Times will also be taking over the Terminus Hotel with artists Izy, Anna Scionti and Southbank Snake Charmers. Outside the Memorial Hall, Deniliquin Street will close down on the Saturday and be transformed into thriving festival site featuring a prohibition-era speakeasy bar, fortune telling and backgammon competitions — as well as live performances from singer-songwriters including Danika Smith and Pete Denahy.

Lana Scoville, a sustainability-focused artist who has worked with Strawberry Fields and Rainbow Serpent in the past, will also be facilitating a series of workshops with local school students that will culminate in the Riverina Lantern Parade through the main street of Tocumwal and down to the riverbank.

As with Strawberry Fields, Good Times is committed to sustainability and designed to enhance tourism to this pocket of regional NSW. The festival has been made possible with help from the Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) Fund which has previously helped fund events such as Fresh Produce and Summer Sounds.

If you're keen, tickets go on sale at 9am on Thursday, April 15.

Surprise Chef


Josh Tesky & Ash Grunwald
Cash Savage & the Last Drinks
Emma Donovan
Surprise Chef
Benny Walker
Danika Smith
Matt Katsis
Anna Scionti
George Kamikawa
Heidi Moncrieff
Mohamed Camara
Pete Denahy
Shane & Ellie
Southbank Snake Charmers

Top image: Terminus Hotel by Matt / Emma Donovan and The Putbacks by WILKal.


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