THE ANGLICAN CHURCH
THE ANGLICAN CHURCH opened its doors nearly 160 years ago, and today’s congregation welcomes us into its iconic architecture to hear an entirely different sort of music than in 1858. Located just up from the Criterion Hotel, this new festival venue has pedestrian entry via Mostyn or Kennedy Streets and on-site parking via Kennedy Street.
THE THEATRE ROYAL
THE THEATRE ROYAL, built in 1858, is the earliest known continuous operating theatre in Victoria! How many music hall, dramatic productions, silent movies, arthouse films and blockbusters have been enjoyed there? We are thrilled to secure this local treasure for this year’s festival. This terrific venue offers meals and snacks, with a late-night licence.
THE BRIDGE HOTEL
New owners mean a new look and a new vibe for one of Castlemaine's most musical of all venues. Catch bands inside in the wonderfully atmospheric performance room or outside in the revamped beer garden.
THE OLD GAOL CELL BLOCK
You don’t have to put a foot wrong to end up in this 1861 built clink! The infamous Pentonville Prison was the model for the radial wings here, where nothing went unnoticed. This atmospheric performance space provides a fascinating look at our penal history. Food and drinks can be enjoyed in the adjoining Governor’s Café.
THE OLD GAOL MESS HALL
THE OLD GAOL MESS HALL was renovated just in time for last year’s festival. Historically, prisoners ate their meals here from 1974 till the Gaol’s closure in 1990. Today it has a far more ambient atmosphere and is a great place to relax inside for winter. And just like ‘the good old days’, meals will be available here while you enjoy festival performances.
THE MAUROCCO BAR
THE MAUROCCO BAR is located in the old Midland Hotel. Once the haunt of ‘up-country’ farmers, stock agents and less creditable clientele, it’s now a timeless European Bar - all comfy couches and subtle lighting. The venue has all the quirkiness of its colourful owner Mauro, houses local artisan works, and serves great cheese platters and very decent wines.
THE CUMBERLAND HOTEL
THE CUMBERLAND HOTEL hosts the Festival's nightly late jazz jams as always, so after you've taken in your choice of acts, head to the Cumbi on Friday, Saturday or Sunday late to end your night with a blast. And this year the hotel also plays host to free Open Mic sessions during the day - just come in and put your name down on the board to get involved. The Cumberland is in the heart of town, diagonally opposite the Post Office in Barker Street