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Regional Arts Development Central West NSW

VANFest Returns with New Venue


Mount Panorama – Wahluu. Australia’s most popular regional boutique music festival, VANFEST is set to return 2-3 December with a new-look, brand new location, and a colossal line-up of chart-topping, award winning Australian and New Zealand artists that has today been revealed for VANFEST’s epic return.

Tickets will go on sale at 10am on Thursday, 7th July at

After making Forbes it’s home for eight wonderful years, VANFEST is relocating and set to make its mark on the iconic location of Mount Panorama in Bathurst!

The move has been prompted by both the expansion of the music festival, covid challenges, and in a bid to re-energise and support the broader region’s music and tourism sector which was severely impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic, whilst staying true to its regional roots. VANFEST is making the festival location more accessible to other metro and regional centres.

“Mount Panorama hosts the Bathurst 1000, one of the largest events on the Australian sporting calendar, each year so we’re well versed in providing exceptional hospitality to everyone who visits. Hosting VANFEST at the base of Mount Panorama demonstrates that Mount Panorama is so much more than a premiere racing circuit. I look forward to welcoming the patrons of VANFEST to our beautiful city and with so much to see and do, I encourage visitors to stay a little longer and explore everything that Bathurst and the surrounding region has to offer. Bathurst is the perfect city to host VANFEST,” says Bathurst Mayor, Robert Taylor.


Hilltop Hoods
Tash Sultana
Tones And I
The Presets
Hockey Dad
Masked Wolf
Mash’d N Kutcher
The Buoys
South Summit
The Delta Riggs
Lola Scott
+ Unearthed Winner

From humble beginnings, VANFEST was originally launched at the Vandenberg Hotel in Forbes in 2014 by Matt and Grant Clifton who saw a need to support and strengthen youth culture, community connectedness, and regional tourism. They have continued to grow the brand over the years to provide a major festival experience to regional NSW which has proudly supported up & coming young
artists, as well as bringing high calibre local and international touring artists to the main stage.

“It has been a long road, but we couldn’t be more excited to be able to return the Vanfest stage back to the NSW regions. There are enormous amounts of challenges facing the industry, however, we remain dedicated to supporting the live music sector and delivering memorable experiences to our fans”, Says Vanfest Promoter Matt Clifton.

Spread across two huge days, VANFEST has always been the ultimate road trip getaway to set your sights on the countryside and escape the city for a weekend. With the new location at the base of Mount Panorama, the festival will offer extensive campground facilities for campers, with or without a van. Whilst nearby Bathurst also hosts a huge variety of accommodation options. There’s plenty of entertainment to enjoy across the weekend including market stalls, bar activations, pop-up bars, VIP experiences, adrenalin rides, camping communities, and much more. The massively popular VANFEST is back on the summer festival calendar and is not to be missed.

For tickets and further information please visit

VANFEST is proudly supported by triple j and the NSW Government’s tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW as well as the Australian Government’s Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) Fund.