Frequently Asked Questions

Why isn't the program up?

With well over 100 acts (we estimate up to 400 musicians) on average, coordinating any music festival is a daunting task. We are making every effort to finalise the program, with musicians making changes up to and during the festival. The schedule becomes more stable closer to the festival date. We publish it as soon as we consider it to be acceptable. As most music festivals do, we advise our community that schedule changes will happen, and to keep checking the website for the latest updates. Thanks for your support.

How can I help?

Look in "Apply here" in the menu above or click here. Visit our Volunteers Wanted page to find out how to volunteer. Thanks for your support.

I'm a (pro) musician; is this a paid gig?

As this is a community event with limited funds, we regret that we are unable to pay musicians for their performances. We don't have the budget to pay over 140 acts (on average) every year. This is a non-profit, volunteer-run community festival with up to eight venues, only two of them requiring paid entry (at a very reasonable price you will not find elsewhere). The money raised from ticket sales does not cover even half the cost of producing the festival. However you are welcome to sell your merchandise at any venue where you perform, and/or leave and register your merchandise at the Information Tent, and we will sell it for you. We do not charge a commission.
Often, professional acts will play a free gig at TBMF as a warm-up before playing a paid gig elsewhere later in the day/evening. The large number of acts we schedule result in short sets and quick changes between acts. Many bands/performers have secured paid gigs with the three commercial venues, as well as private gigs, after playing a free showcase at the festival. The festival is also a great way to meet other musicians.

Where can I park my car?

  • See the fetival map for a parking guide. The paved car park between the community halls gets filled quickly -- not by music festival people -- but by the swarm of weekend cyclists who arrived very early in the morning. As they leave, we will try to temporarily increase the number of disabled parking spots. The main festival parking area is on the south lawn of the park, accessed through a (hidden) gate at the end of Church Street (go right in -- don't block the gate). Follow the signs.
  • If you need DISABLED PARKING and cannot find an open spot, seek help from festival crew and we will try to accommodate you.
  • DO NOT PARK IN FRONT OF THE SHOPS ON MOUNTAIN HIGHWAY. You will get booked. Yes, there's a 2-hour parking zone, and we've seen a musician park there for a gig and leave within the time limit, but that's just not cool. We request you be considerate for the local residents who need to make a quick stop and shop on their way home.
  • There's an unsealed car park just north of the roundabout on Mountain Highway (don't block the entrance to this area!). You may be able to park down Mountain Highway at St Bernadette's school car park, and it's a lovely 5-minute walk from there to the Triangle. If you park in residential areas, please be considerate, follow instructions on signs and remember it's a residential street. Drive slowly, don't block driveways, don't leave rubbish, be quiet. Be nice. And, before you go back to your car, use the toilets in the park or the indoor venues, not the neighbours' front gardens.  ;-)