New Shoots Music Festival reveals 2023 lineup

New Shoots Music Festival 2023
The Rubens & Ross Wilson will headline the popular Kangaroo Island music event on March 25.

Kangaroo Island’s largest music event, New Shoots Music Festival, has today announced that the multi-ARIA-winning alt-rockers The Rubens and the incomparable Ross Wilson (Daddy Cool, Mondo Rock, Skyhooks, Jo Jo Zep & The Falcons) will co-headline a stacked lineup at Penneshaw Oval on March 25.

New Shoots Music Festival

The multi-ARIA award winning headliners will be joined by some of the best South Australian musicians across the weekend including

  • Mell Hall
  • Dusty Lee’s Blues Jam
  • Busseys
  • Bermuda Bay and Nathan May
  • KI locals Xavier Wadsworth
  • Jacky Winter
  • Double Header who nabbed a spot on the festival’s main stage as winners of the ‘New Shoots Home Grown’ open mic competition.


What is the New Shoots Music Festival?

New Shoots is a grassroots initiative organised by a local not-for-profit committee, East End Events Inc. who have the vision to produce a world-class, annual event that attracts more than 3,500 people across Kangaroo Island and Australia by 2025.

In the wake of the 2019/20 bushfires which destroyed close to half of Kangaroo Island (a massive 210,000 hectares), the committee, who are made up of local residents and sheep/cattle farmers, created New Shoots as a way to raise much-needed funds to support their fellow Kangaroo Island residents and landowners.

The popular South Australian tourism destination recently made the top 10 on The New York Times’ list of top places to visit in 2023, which is home to 5,000+ residents and business owners as well as Australia’s best beach!

New Shoots Music Festival 2023

Eat, drink and stay

Festival punters will be pleased to know they’ll be wrapping their lips around delicious local beverages on offer by Dudley Wines, KI Spirits, Tattoo Me Coolers hard seltzers and False Cape Wines.. They’ll be joined by a mouthwatering selection of local food trucks including Squid Squad, Saigon Tuckerbox, Gypsea Wagin and more to be revealed soon.

For those wanting to stay the night (or explore the island for the weekend!), camping is available at the Penneshaw Golf Club (next to the festival site) between Friday 24 March – Sunday 26 March for only $29 per person. If that’s not enough to entice anyone to make the short trip over for the weekend from South Australia’s mainland, SeaLink is offering a special 50% discount for ferry travel! Simply enter the discount code ‘NEWSHOOTS23’ when booking via the SeaLink website. Terms and conditions apply*.

Ticket information

The New Shoots Festival is being held on the Penneshaw Oval at Penneshaw on Kangaroo Island on Saturday 25 March 2023. Registrations for early bird tickets are now open via OzTix ahead of going on sale this Friday at 8am ACDT. Early Bird tickets are extremely limited at only $79 per person, so get in fast! Full price tickets are only $99 with the option to camp for the weekend at the adjoining Penneshaw Golf Club for only an additional $29.

Limited Early Bird: $79
GA $99
Camping $29
Kangaroo Island shuttle bus service $45


Book here and apply the promo code NEWSHOOTS23 to apply a 50% discount*

Register for early bird tickets:

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