Australian live roots legend Kim Churchill will headline an all-star line-up for the return of Bright Brewery’s DARKER DAYS festival for 2021.
After the horror show of 2020, Bright’s annual midwinter festival, DARKER DAYS, will rise from the ashes from July 16-18, 2021.
A celebration of all things dark and decadent – with a special focus on dark beer, live music and crackling bonfires – DARKER DAYS 2021 will be bigger, better, darker and diving deeper into winter than ever before, with three full days of events.
With festivities to enjoy across the weekend, Saturday’s main Festival Day will heat up with 10 hours of live music, cold beer, hot food, local drinks & roaring fires.
Surf-rock icon Churchill will be joined on the bill by Melbourne rock goddess Samsaruh and an eclectic line-up of Victorian musicians, including seven-piece funk outfit Funk Rabbit, returning pop-punk trio Since We Kissed, and indie-pop/rock duo This Way North.
And we are very excited to announce that our friends at Mr Banks Brewing Co & Molly Rose Brewing will be joining us on the dark side, as our special Guest Brewers at DARKER DAYS 2021. Best known for its exciting line-up of fun, small-batch beers, including hop-forward ales, super sours and crushable lagers, Mr Banks is synonymous with innovation and quirky releases. Molly Rose prides itself on bringing people together through beer – some we value here at Bright Brewery – and their eclectic and creative beers are designed to do just that!
We’ll also be joined by award-winning High Country producers and our recent collaborators Reed & Co Distillery, Backwoods Distilling, and Alpine Cider.
Bright Brewery Marketing Manager Laura Gray said while the core elements of Darker Days would remain the same – beer, music, food & fire – the 2021 festival would be bigger than ever.
“It’s been a long time in between drinks at Darker Days and we know festival-goers are just as keen to get to Bright as we are to see them!” Gray said.
“Having missed 2020, we thought we’d come back with a bang for 2021.
“We are absolutely stoked to be welcoming our friends from Mr Banks Brewing and Molly Rose, between the two of us, we’ve got a huge range of incredible beers on offer.
“Think a vintage Stubborn Russian Bar, Affogato Stout sundaes, and some beautiful barrel-aged releases as well.”
The weekend’s festivities include:
Friday, July 16:
•Brewer For A Day with Bright’s Head Brewer Reid Stratton
•Weekend Welcome Party with free live music
Saturday, July 17:
•Guided Brewery Tours
Sunday, July 18:
•Barker Days Fundraiser for RSPCA Vic
•Recovery Session with free live music
Some events across the weekend will be free, with others ticketed. Children can attend the main festival day free of charge.
Early Bird prices are available for those keen to lock in their plans early, and a weekend-long VIP Darker Pass is available for those who want to fully immerse themselves in the dark side!
Tickets are now on sale: http://www.brightbrewery.com.au/darkerdays