Stars & Bars Festival Heathcote 2024 poster 






The Trail Blazin', Star Gazin', Hell Raisin' Countrified Music Festival Concept, part magical mystery music bus tour part winery/brewery tour is expanding across Space & Time returning with a 2 day festival event schedule across Friday 26th & Saturday 27th April , 2024

Make a Real Long Weekend of it in 2024 with Stars & Bars Festival Heathcote! To coincide with the Anzac Day Public Holiday (Thursday 25th April)  

We've cooked up a new Friday Night Family Dinner with great mates at The Union Hotel Heathcote where you'll enjoy Dinner & A Show Stars & Bars style on the Friday night before the main event kicks off on Saturday.On Saturday jump aboard The Heathcote Express our Epic Multi Locale Magical Mystery Musical Bus Tour culminating in the traditional Palling Bros Brewery Evening Session.


The Heathcote Express Bus Tour rolls out Saturday 27th April from 10:30am where you'll enjoy sweeping vistas at Red Edge Winery for Morning Tea, lunch at the historic Tooborac Hotel & Brewery then onwards to Lady’s Pass to settle in at Munari Wine for the afternoon with the final destination on this whistle stop tour Palling Bros Brewery’s Beer Garden the perfect place for the climactic Evening Session

Having won some very loyal fans with 2023’s outing, this year’s expanded edition returns with some fresh new locales as well as a cracking handpicked unit of Mavericks, Maestros & Misfits..


The Seven Ups, Nathan Seeckts, Riley Catherall, Luke Sinclair, The Drunken Poachers (Trio), Grim Fawkner, Jungle Jim Smith, Bill Barber + special guest DJ Chunky Love

 Soundtrack your sonic sojourn in Central Victoria with everything from Alt Country & Americana to Heavy Groove, Funk & Cinematic Soul to Deep Delta Blues and Electric Jungle Boogaloo and a heavy dosage of Old Time Rock’n’Roll for good measure.


Red Edge Winery Stars & Bars Festival


Going Up The Country ... Stars & Bars Festival Heathcote brings together a combination of amazingly talented artists, an exploration of the finest wine, beer, spirits, food & hospitality the Heathcote region is quickly becoming known for & some truly unique locales as the backdrops for the event.


Our Locales are much more than just pubs and wineries; they are immersive spaces with stories to tell, ideally suited for musical performances boasting indoor/outdoor stages with stunningly serene vistas.

What better way could you spend the (Almost) Anzac Day Long weekend than to Leave The City behind & get On The Road Again. The Friday night & Saturday Festival program  leaves ample time to Explore Heathcote on Friday & Sunday as you make your way to & from your Central Victoria Long Weekend Stay-Cation. Relax with friends old & new, take some time to tune in, drop out & breathe in some of that rarefied country air.

Alright Ramblers, Let's Get Rambling...



3 Ticket Types...



Friday Night Family Dinner @ The Union Hotel Heathcote

Friday 26th April, 2024
6:00pm – 11:00pm.
The Union Hotel Heathcote
171 High St, Heathcote.
$10 + b/f  Tickets via
Limited tix available at door 
Featuring 3 acts 
Jungle Jim Smith, Bill Barber  + special guest DJ Chunky Love
 Enjoy Dinner & A show at this new official warm up event in the Union Hotel Heathcote's Indoor Beer Garden. Classic Pub Feed & Blazing Blues in the Back room.




Heathcote Express Bus Tour

Saturday 27th April, 2024
from 10:30am – 10:30pm.
7 acts across 4 locales over 12 hours 
Bus Tour Ticket Includes entry to Palling Bros Evening Session
Tickets Strictly Limited. 
$120 + b/f 
Tickets via
Line Up features; The Seven Ups, Nathan Seeckts, Riley Catherall, Luke Sinclair, The Drunken Poachers (Trio), Grim Fawkner + special guest DJ Chunky Love
Includes 2 guided wine tasting sessions + complimentary morning & afternoon tea in the bus tour ticket price. All other food & drinks at ticketholders expense.
Arrive in comfort & style on our Luxury Buses visiting Red Edge Winery, Tooborac Hotel & Brewery, Munari Wines and Palling Bros Brewery.
Bus Departs 10:30am from Heathcote Visitor Info Centre in the Main Street & arrives back on the doorstep of Palling Bros Brewery at 6:00pm to kick off the Evening Session ( entry to Evening Session included in Bus Tour Ticket ).




If you cant make the BusTour .. this is the ticket for you!

The Evening Session @  Palling Bros Brewery

Saturday 27th April, 2024

6:00pm – 11:00pm. 168 High St, Heathcote.

$30 + b/f 

Tickets via

Featuring 4 acts  The Seven Ups, The Seven Ups, Nathan Seeckts, Riley Catherall + special guest DJ Chunky Love

If you can’t make a full day tour of it, join the tour at Palling Bros Brewery in the Beer Garden from 6pm. Enjoy a pre-show meal, sample some locally handcrafted beers or grab a Moon Dog Fizzer Seltzer from the Pop Up Bar.
Pre-sale tickets encouraged. Limited tickets available at the door.

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Proudly supported by our Event Partners
Blueprint Sounds +  Moon Dog Craft Brewery



What better way could you spend the (Almost) Anzac Day Long weekend than to Buy The Ticket & Take The Ride. Leave The City behind & get On The Road Again with an extended Stay-Cation? Relax with friends old & new, take some time to tune in, drop out & breathe in some of that rarefied country air.





Heathcote Retreat Motel is a modern Motel in Central Victoria within the heart of Wine Country. Located in The Southern Hemisphere's Longest Main Street! Accommodation from budget to luxury, single to group stays for up to 66 guests. 

 The nearby Heathcote Queen Meadow Caravan Park is also conveniently located right in the centre of town, a short walk to the Bus Tour pick up point and Palling Bros Brewery’s Evening Session.





About The Festival

Trail Blazin', Star Gazin', Hell Raisin' Countrified Music Festival Concept. Limited Edition. First Time, Every Time. Instant Classic. Handpicked. Homegrown. Down Home. Take A Sonic Sojourn. Ramble On. Like A Hurricane. The Revolution Will Not Be Televised. Buy The Ticket, Take The Ride.

The brainchild of Festival Chief Lincon Boyd, from inception Stars & Bars Festival was designed as a Music Festival Concept. Harnessing & embracing constant evolution. Meta By Nature. It can be like water, taking on a multitude of forms; it can become whatever it wants to be, A true shape shifter. Not locked into any one dimensional plain, time, place, space, genre or pre-conceived notion. We're Eclectic. From Alt Country to Stoner Rock, Hip Hop to Classic Rock, Funk’n’Soul, Oceanic Cumbia & Afrobeat to the Deepest of Jungle House. Be Like Water My Friend.


Heathcote & Surrounds

Heathcote has a sophisticated approach to the finer things in life. A welcoming village atmosphere awaits just a little over an hour from Melbourne, 2 hours from Geelong, 1 & ½ hours from Ballarat & 40 minutes from Bendigo. In the heart of Central Victoria and nestled beneath the stunning McHarg and McIvor Ranges, is the charming township of Heathcote.

It is fast becoming one of Australia's most loved wine regions. Good food, friendly cellar doors, spectacular landscapes, gold rush relics, local art and craft, serene bushlands and dark night skies dotted with stars make Heathcote an ideal place to explore.

Enjoy unique accommodation: from five-star offerings through to farms stays or pretty camping grounds and indulge in the delicious produce, food and wine options to be found in the area.

Spectacular landscapes allow you to truly take in the great outdoors, be it a picnic in the forest, or a walk or ride along the picturesque O’Keefe Rail Trail. Spend some time fishing, boating, skiing or swimming at Lake Eppalock or perhaps appreciate some of the many great historical sites in and around the township.

Beautiful gold rush era architecture lines the main street where you can also enjoy a great cup of coffee, sweet boutiques, good food and, of course, some damn fine wine tasting.

Stars & Bars Festival acknowledge Australia’s First Nation Peoples, The Wadawurrung, The Dja Dja Wurrung and Taungurung People  & Their Ancestors. The Traditional Custodians of the lands on which our Festival occurs. We pay our respects to Their Elders, Past, Present & Future.





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