Festival news

Festival news

Newtown Festival 2023 Performers Applications are now open !

Come one come all ! We are happy to announce we are now welcoming applications for Newtown Festival on Sunday 5 March 2023. ... more

The Newtown Festival we know and love cannot take place in 2022

We have been blessed with 25 years of awesome Newtown Festivals, and we’re planning to keep the spirit of Newtown Festival alive during 2022 as we focus on bringing you a spectacular event in 2023. ... more

Performer EOIs Are Open !

Applications are open from 2 July - 3 September 2021 ... more

Another successful Festival!

And a very special "Thank You" to a group of sponsors who contributed so that children and their families didn't have to pay to enjoy all the carnival rides! ... more

What you need to know about the Newtown Festival

All you need to know about the Newtown Festival this Sunday ... more

Stage Changes!

We have heaps of stage changes this year - check out the rundown here! ... more

Updated Programme for April 11th!

The updated Newtown Fest Programme for April 11th is here! ... more

Artists that can’t make the new date

Thank you to the following artists who can sadly no longer make the new festival date. Check them out here! ... more

Weekend Events – starting Saturday 20th March 2021

There are two very special events in Newtown this weekend -the Great Newtown Garage Sale, and Newtown Open Studios ... more

Newtown Festival is now on Sunday 11th April 2021!

We’re so excited to announce that Newtown Festival 2021 will be back in April! ... more

Newtown Festival 2021 will not go ahead on Sunday 7 March

Kia ora folks

Well, we’ve talked to a lot of people this morning - from our MPs, the MoH to our key festival organisers ... more

Changes in Covid alert levels…

Like the rest of NZ, the Newtown Festival crew are well aware of the changes to COVID-19 alert levels. At HQ we’ll be talking to our key organisers and the MoH today and tom ... more

Children’s Programme

Check out the 2021 Children's Programme! ... more

2021 Programme!

Download the festival programme here! ... more

At Covid-19 Level 1 the Festival goes ahead!

Read on for our advice on what to do on the day! ... more

Stall bookings are closing soon!

Bookings will be open till January 31st, and after that we will start allocating stall sites. Go to 'Book a Stall' above to make your booking. ... more

Announcing the Newtown Festival Performance Programme

With over 150 performances across 15 stages, and taking up space along Riddiford and its side streets, we present our performance programme. ... more

Announcing Rei & Diggy Dupé

We are excited to announce two incredible and acclaimed artists on the up and up and ready to take over the world. ... more

Announcing Laughton Kora as the next headline act

Laughton Kora (Ngāi Tūhoe, Ngāti Pūkeko) joins us to headline the Tangata Whenua Stage at Newtown Festival. ... more

Newtown Festival Keepcups

Purchase a limited edition Newtown Festival keepcup! ... more

Announcing Estère for 2021

Newtown Festival welcomes singer and producer Estère to lead its 2021 bill on Sunday 7 March 2021. Self-described as “electric blue witch hop”, the illustrious and idiosyncratic Estère with all-star band will grace our South Stage, which is kindly supported by RadioActive, Coffee Supreme and Massey’s Te Rewa o Puanga, School of Music & Creative Media Production. ... more

Attention Stallholders!

Have you booked and paid for your stall yet? The Early Bird prices come to an end at the end of October, and full price applies from November 1st. ... more

2020 Highlights Video

We have a brand new video from our new videographer Paasca with some great moments from the glorious day we had at our 2020 festival way back in March. ... more

Stall Bookings are open for 2021

The next Newtown Festival is on March 7th 2021. You can make your stall bookings now. ... more

Performer Applications

PSA: Performer EOIs are now open! ... more

Newtown Festival Loves Local!

Support your favourite cafes, shops, creative artists and local services. Newtown Festival has set up a directory of local businesses - check them out here for what they’re offering, contact details and how to order. ... more

The show will go on! COVD-19 event update.

We are following the Ministry of Health's recommendation to not alter any arrangements for public events. The Ministry of Health states "the most important thing to do is to practice good hygiene. ... more

Festival director Martin Hanley plays favourites with Kim Hill on RNZ

Newtown Festival Director Martin Hanley plays favourites on RNZ. ... more