First artist announcement for Happy Wanderer 5!

With over 160 applications from talented musical folk, it's been tough but awesome whittling them down into a line-up that will get you swaying, reminiscing, dancing and jumping. There's so much fantastic talent in this country and we encourage you to get out and see as much of it as you can.

Each year we've had a collection of outstanding up-and-coming and established artists across genres, and 2017 will be no different. We are very excited to share our first artist announcement with you. Get your ears around this!

Adam McGrath (roots/rock)

Echo Drama (dub, reggae, hip hop)

Good Stuff DJs (Zol Balint and Claire Lefèbvre)

Hollie Joyce (garage rock)

Immigrant Union (psychedelic folk/country)

Liv Cartledge (singer songwriter)

Mandy Connell (folk)

Rat Child (jazz, neo-soul, blues)

Super Magic Hats (electronic)

The Woodland Hunters (roots/rock)

Whiskey Dram (heavy folk rock)


Let us know what you think on Facebook or Instagram. We'll be announcing another round of artists soon.

Tickets have been selling quickly and early this year - we're up to our second round of early bird tickets and they're on sale at $140+bf until 31 July or sold out. These rounds have been selling out super early, so get in quick! Full-price tickets will be $180+bf.

Early bird catches the worm

Happy Wanderer artist applications have now closed and we've been spending our time listening to some rad tunes from over 150 bands that applied to play at Happy Wanderer 5.

We’re stoked! There's sure to be some passionate discussion but however it shakes out, it’s going to be an EPIC line up come 3-6 November.
We don’t want our Wanderers to miss out on tickets once the line up is announced so, we've released our Early Bird tickets a little early (like even earlier than the bird).

Early Bird Tickets are just $120 + bf (full price is $180, so, bargain!). Tickets include three days and three nights of music, most activities and camping.

In addition to an epic line up of music, we’ll have our beautiful morning yoga, heaps of ace workshops (some free, others a small fee), rad food trucks keeping us nourished and our ever-faithful chai tent.

Early Bird round 1 tickets are on sale until 30 June, or sold out.

Meanwhile, the cows are having a lovely time on the festival site.

Map your Happy Wanderer 3 journey

Wanderers the glorious Happy Wanderer 3 is almost upon us! Yeeewwwww!

We are currently in build mode, transforming the paddock into a festival playground with the one and only Truck Stage set against a canopy of outstretched red gums and the meandering Broken River.

Plot your festival discoveries with the Happy Wanderer 3 Program and Site Map. There's incredible music from the likes of Jess Ribeiro, Archer, The Eastern and Sal Kimber & The Rollin' Wheel, yoga, workshops and art, and plenty of twists and bends to keep you wandering.


Announcing a magnificent, meandering, moreish 2015 line-up

A number of ridiculously magnificent and moreish acts have been confirmed to play the Happy Wanderer 3 in Benalla over Melbourne Cup Carnival weekend.

Confirmed to play the truck-mounted stage is songstress Jess Ribeiro, who is currently touring her highly-anticipated second album Kill It Yourself, roots band The Eastern from New Zealand, alt-country rockers Sal Kimber & the Rollin’ Wheel, the vagabond folk rarity that is Archer, Melbourne’s much-loved reggae band El Moth, and dirty soul and rock outfit The Eighty 88s.

The line-up includes James Kenyon, That Gold Street Sound, Matt Glass and the Loose Cannons, The Sugarcanes, Early Nights, Harry Jakamarra, Tom Dockray, Mon Shelford, The Northern Folk, Emi, Joe Oppenheimer, Jason Lowe, Jane McArthur, Domini Forster, Nigel Wearne, Dusty Boots, Strum Rebellion, Emilee South, Karyme, Zól Bálint, The Drunken Poachers, Shantaraam / Tech Aid, Ben Davis and Jane Sea.


Watch these videos for a taste of what you’ll be listening to at the festival:

Introducing the sweet sweet headliners for Happy Wanderer 3

Wanderers! We are absolutely beside ourselves to announce that Jess Ribeiro, The Eastern, Sal Kimber and the Rollin’ Wheel and Archer will play Happy Wanderer 3, alongside an euphony of Australian and New Zealand bands. Yes, an euphony!
Off the back of touring her highly-anticipated second album, Jess Rebeiro and her band will rock the truck stage. The album Kill It Yourself has had fans tripping over themselves to hear it and critics comparing the songstress to Nick Cave and Neil Young.
The Eastern will be traversing the Tasman to bring their rolling, rambling, spirit-raising roots music to the amphitheater. The New Zealand band has been breaking strings and denting floors across the world and will begin their third Australian tour at the festival.
Alt-country band Sal Kimber and the Rollin’ Wheel, fronted by singer songwriter extraordinaire Sal Kimber, will come together under the gumtrees following a successful Australian tour of their new singleStumble in the Dark.
The rarity that is Archer, will send his tremulous, honeyed baritone across the Happy Wanderer fields, enthralling audiences with his unique brand of vagabond folk.
The festival line-up also includes El Moth, The Eighty 88s, James Kenyon, That Gold Street Sound, Nigel Wearne, Harry Jakamarra, Emilee South and Jane Sea. Nice!

If you haven't bought your tickets yet, hurry along!

Wander with us.