The High Country Hop – 27-28 March

Fresh beers

The festival centres around the brewers of the Victorian High Country. Also joining the party are two of Australia’s emerging stars:

Range Brewing from Brisbane

And Sailor’s Grave from East Gippsland.

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Fresh Tunes

A line-up as diverse and eccentric as the beers you’ll be sipping on. We’ve got everything from Afrobeat, Calypso And New Orleans Big Band through to Psychedelic Folk, Deep Funk and BBQ Punk.

Don’t say we didn’t warn you.

Fresh Air

If the name wasn’t already a giveaway, The High Country Hop is smack bang in Victoria’s High Country,

In the beautiful town of Beechworth, a setting that’s been proven to make beer taste better.

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Fresh Hops

Our festival brewers will be showing a series of unique ales made fresh from some extraordinary hops from the local 2021 harvest.

Keep a mouth out for them.

Music Line Up

Ausecuma Beats

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Nine-piece Melbourne-based Afrobeat ensemble, led by fearless bandleader and master djembe player, Boubacar Gaye, Ausecema will light up Sunday afternoon with their irresistibly feel-good polyrhythmic concoction.

Mighty Duke + The Lords

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The long-awaited Beechworth return of everyone’s fave Calypso-inspired tropical party band, MIghty Duke will transform the autumn eve into a brassy, monsoonal sweat storm.

Karate Boogaloo

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Melbourne’s finest purveyors of deep, unconventional funk, ‘The Boogers’ wonky soul, is guided by a commitment to colouring outside the lines. Bringing the left field heat.

DRMNGNOW

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DRMNGNOW is an independent Yorta Yorta artist whose roots are those of a cultural performer. He brings a striking interdisciplinary approach to his art as an MC, instrumentalist, poet and keeper of song.

Leah Senior

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Leah’s songs are like Sun-soaked psych-folk cuddles. Prepare to be whisked away on the afternoon breeze.

High Street Shufflers

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The finest up-lifting, ramshackle, NOLA inspired big-band in Yackandandah.

Adriana

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With an ear for the unexpected and a passion for discovering new sounds, Adriana delivers them en masse into her DJ sets, creating her own unique version of dance floor magic.

James Ellis + The Jealous Guys

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These alt-country honky-tonkers are the real deal. Steeped in authentic Australian sadness - If you’re not crying into your beer - Well, you’re not listening.

College of Knowledge DJs

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Jethro + Fairbank’s DJ Sets trace the uplifting modern soul cuts, wild jazz-funk explorations, thumping disco heavers and deep afro jams that fill their shared crates.

Uptown Brown

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A singing gentleman-adventurer performing a programme of primitive 1920s-1930s jazz and blues on a self-invented one-man-band. Uptown Brown is genius.

The Burnt Sausages

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The Burnt Sausages are - BBQ Punk. Prepare to be dunked in tomato sauce, coleslaw and smokin’ original hits like ‘Total Fire Ban’, ‘BBQ Party’ and processed meat anthem ‘Burnt Sausages: Raw On The Inside’.

Liv Cartledge

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Beechy local and indie-folk songstress, Liv, brings her soulful, husky tones to the Sunday morning stage too soothe your aching aches.

Breweries

Special guests:

Brewers of the High Country:

Food Vendors

Getting here

Road

Beechworth is a 3 hour drive from Melbourne via the M31 Hume Freeway. Take the Great Alpine Road B500 to Tarrawingee and the C315 to Beechworth.

Sydney is a 6 hour drive to Beechworth via the M31 Hume Freeway to Wodonga, then follow the signs to Beechworth on the C315.


Air

Albury airport is about 50 minutes from Beechworth. Qantas, REX (Regional Express) and Virgin operate several flights daily from Melbourne and Sydney. Check airline websites for current flight information. Hire cars are available from Albury Airport.


Train

Rail services run daily from Melbourne and Sydney to Wangaratta and Albury. View VLine and NSW TrainLink XPT for timetable information.


Bus

Wangaratta Coachlines operate a service Monday to Friday to Beechworth. View timetables at www.wangarattacoachlines.com.au.

VLine also operates regular coach service from Melborne, Wangaratta and Bright. View timetables at www.vline.com.au.

Where to stay

We’re experiencing a huge surge in demand for accomodation in Beechworth.

We have just added camping tickets - which are for unpowered sites at Lake Sambell Caravan Park in Beechworth (a short walk from the festival).

Looking for other accomodation options? Call Jennifer and the team at Beechworth Visitor Centre (during business hours) who’ll have an up to date list of availability in town - 1300 366 321

We’ll also be running buses from all surrounding towns (check out the bus and ticket packages on the ticketing page)

In the event that we’re at capacity in Beechworth, we’d suggest looking for accom in Yackandandah, Wangaratta, Bright, Myrtelford or Albury/Wodonga and going for the bus transfer option (FYI - A return bus is a flat rate $20 from all points of origin).

COVID event plan

We’ll be adhering to government guidelines and protocols and delivering a safe and fun event for all.

COVID Refund policy

IF the event is canceled due to COVID, we’ll be processing full refunds (minus the booking fee)