Summer Sundays


One of Ballarat’s most popular summer events – Summer Sundays – will return this January with a fantastic line-up of musical talent from around Victoria including, Bob Evans, Freya Josephine Hollick, Jeff Lang and Rhiannon Simpson.

Celebrating its seventh year, Summer Sundays will be spread across three jam-packed days on 7, 14 and 21 January between 3-7pm.
Ballarat will turn up the volume on its live music scene during Summer Sundays, with an eclectic mix of musical styles and diverse genres from local, regional and metropolitan acts.

Accompanying the exciting line-up of music will be a delicious selection of food vendors.

Bean Bag Mania will return due to popular demand, with 100 free bean bags available for anyone looking to enjoy the music in comfort.

This year a fully-licensed pop-up garden bar set up in full sight of the stage will give music-goers an alternative experience while enjoying the best of local wine and brews.

Held in the beautiful surrounds of the Ballarat Botanical Gardens, the free community event is presented by the City of Ballarat.

For more information follow @summersundaysballarat on Facebook.

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Sunday 7 January

Bob Evans, the ARIA winning alter ego of Jebediah frontman Kevin Mitchell, has graced the Australian music scene for more than two decades, and has written some of the country’s most beloved songs. Gentle, acoustic melodies prevail, enveloping the classic folk storytelling and strong emotional pull that characterises Mitchell’s substantial body of work.


Al says her genre is happy/sad. Her songs come from him, her and them. She has a loud laugh and wants to be friends with everyone. You will usually see her onstage with three backing singers (‘the babes’) who sound just so darn good. She plays electric guitar and a ukulele comes out from time-to time.


In her first full band show for 2018, the old-timey country songbird brings blues and honky tonk goodness that transports you back to early Appalachia, through wartime romance, the golden era of country music and into a cosmic hootenanny.


From what began as a solo project for Rhea Caldwell, Baby Blue quickly evolved into a rocking, rollicking four-piece spanning 60’s rock, folk, surf and pop.


Sunday 14 January

Blending rock, roots, folk, blues, ballads, instrumentals, improvisation and a devastatingly high level of musicality, Jeff Lang is a singularly unique performer in our world.


Lazenby Young Blues Guitarist of the Year, MBAS Blues Challenge Finalist and BCs Best Songwriter of the Year, Rhiannon Simpson has been flooring audiences with her brand of modern, guitar driven blues since 2013.


Ballarat’s own Butterfunked is sure to knock your socks off with their funky rhythms, killer horn section, cool vocals and original music.


Sam Boon is a Ballarat saxophonist, pianist, arranger and composer currently based in Melbourne. Having graced the stages of some of the world’s finest venues and festivals, the Sam Boon Hammond Trio promise to bring a high energy soul party with Olaf Scott (Saskwatch, Dorsal Fins) on Hammond and Matt Gibson on drums.


Sunday 21 January

Oh Pep! are musical explorers who travel in the form of a band; a collaboration between songwriters Olivia Hally (guitar, vocals) and Pepita Emmerichs (fiddle, mandolin). Drawing upon their escapades, they take you on a carefully arranged pop/folk adventure for your ears.


After wowing at Bigsound earlier this month - including topping multiple best of lists, being added to triple j rotation, featuring on multiple Spotify and Apple playlists, and charting on #bigsoundbuzz - Melbourne’s self-described sombre-folk dandy Didirri is here to give you his blend of storytelling and modern escapades with a promise of something completely of its own class.


The Ukulele Death Squad aims to entertain and wow by pushing the boundaries of the small four stringed instrument – the ukulele. With their own uke style, blending flamenco, Mexican and folk, and sold-out debut Adelaide and Edinburgh Fringe Shows, the squad will warp your perceptions of ukuleles one nylon string at a time.


Direct from the heart of Melbourne, independent singer-songwriter Emily Ulman has developed her own distinctive brand of storytelling, swirling candour and wry metaphor delivered with a clear voice.

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Week 1 (7 Jan)

  • Round the Way - New York Style Sandwiches and Gourmet Burgers.
  • Nuoc Mamma - Nuoc Mam (or translated 'Fish Sauce) is the mother of all seasonings in Asian cuisine.
  • Dos Diablos (Mobile Cantina) - Taco's, Enchiladas, Nachos and all things Mexican.
  • Zed & Co Freerange Farms - Freerange Beef and Pork Sliders, sausages and BBQ meats.
  • Luigi's Gelato - Premium Ice Cream (range of dairy free, egg free, nut free, & Gluten free) flavours & Cones.
  • Boost Juice Van - One of Australia's most famous and loved juice and smoothie brands.
  • Bean me Up Espresso - Selection of quality Coffee, Chai and Chocolate (hot & cold).


Week 2 (14 Jan)

  • The Gypsy's Lunchbox - Gourmet BBQ and Roasted Meats.
  • Forge Pizzeria - Traditional Gourmet Woodfire Pizza.
  • The Taco Truck - Authentic Mexican Tacos & Street Food.
  • East India Trading Company - Street Food with real Autentic Indian Dishes.
  • Bianco Latte - Genuine Italian Gelato made fresh.
  • Boost Juice Van - One of Australia's most famous and loved juice and smoothie brands.
  • The Enchanted Caravan - Barista style coffee, choc, chai & delicious sweet treats brought to you by Knife, Fork, Spoon.


Week 3 (21 Jan)

  • Twisted Fisherman - Gourmet Fish & Chips meets Street Cart Food.
  • Forge Pizzeria - Traditional Gourmet Woodfire Pizza.
  • CALIKO BBQ - Fusion Korean street food featuring Korean BBQ tacos, burritos and quesadillas
  • lil' nom noms - Vietnamese Inspired Street Food.
  • Luigi's Gelato - Premium Ice Cream (range of dairy free, egg free, nut free, & Gluten free) flavours & Cones.
  • Boost Juice Van - One of Australia's most famous and loved juice and smoothie brands.
  • Bean me Up Espresso - Selection of quality Coffee, Chai and Chocolate (hot & cold).


Pop-Up Garden Bar
Enjoy a drink in this fully licensed area with comfortable seating options and a great line-of-sight to the stage.  Showcasing some of the area’s best wineries and craft brewers, an ideal place to relax and take in the action.
Bean Bag Mania
With overwhelming popularity last year, more than 100 free bean bags will be up for offer for those wanting to lounge the day away in comfort.  Make sure you get in early to secure your spot on the lawn.