Steve Hoskins

Steve Hoskins is a Forster Tuncurry local comedian and actor, familiar from television shows like Come Dine With and he’s also an actor, appearing in shows like Underbelly and Home and Away.

Aunty Maureen

Port Macquarie/Hastings resident Comedian.

Registered nurse, stand up comedian, wife, mother and a nanna.

2022 Deadly Funny Comedy National Finalist.

Ben Stevenson

Ben Stevenson, Coffs Harbour local, The HIT 105.5 Coffs Coast announcer. Winner Golden Croc for Best Comedy at 2022 Darwin Fringe Festival

“One of the most authentic, clever and thoughtful comics in the country. He expertly balances the tightrope of cheeky and heartwarming in the most entertaining way. A festival highlight that’ll leave you with optimism and joy”.
Comedy Garden

Marty Bright

Marty Bright has been performing his unique brand of observational physical comedy around the world for the past 8 years.

Having been hand chosen for the prestigious FRESH, BREAKOUT and ROADSHOW productions at Sydney Comedy Festival, Bright has established himself as an affable and charismatic performer that is in demand around Australia.

Marty has also taken his comedic exports far and wide, having performed around USA, Canada and New Zealand at the top clubs including the Comedy Store in LA, Caroline’s and Broadway Comedy Club in NYC and The Comedy Nest in Montreal.

Tommy Dean

If you have never seen Tommy Dean you are genuinely missing out on a master of  language comedy. He sees life as an enormous equation in front of him and solves it in an instant with a mind bending laugh.

With the unique edge of being an American who understands Australia!

You would no doubt have seen this guy on countless TV shows!! Tommy’s astute, clean, observational comedic style consistently makes him a stand out winner with theatre audiences, corporate clients, Festival producers, TV and radio shows alike.

With pin sharp banter, a genial manner and a vast stock of broad appeal hilarious routines interweaving the foibles of his adopted home country with the dark reality of his home country Tommy never fails to connect with and impress any audience.

Tommy’s impressive media appearance CV includes Spicks and Specks, Good News Week, Stand Up Australia, Rove Live, Joker Poker, Sunrise, The Today Show and The Sideshow.

This big American with the Rock God long hair and booming deep voice is a must to see.

Andy Saunders

From an early age Andy Saunders has been telling jokes in front of a variety of audiences, he was always destined to make people laugh.

With an impressive and extraordinary ability to use humour to break down barriers and stereotypes as well as provoke thought in any audience, Andy Saunders takes satire to new heights.

Trenchant observations of human behavior and sharp material combined with skills in attracting and holding the interest and attention of audiences of all ages are a powerful combination.

Andy has quickly evolved into one of the most popular and successful acts performing around the country today at a variety of events and venues.

His star continues to rise after performing successful stand-up routines for many tours, events and standalone gigs from the Melbourne international Comedy Festivals Galas to appearing on TV as a reality star on Nine networks “The Block” there is no stopping Andy and his juggernaut of funny.

“This show is hilarious. Belly aching, cheek hurting, hilarious. See it, see it, see it.”
Adelaide Advertiser
“Disarming Wit & Charm”.
In Daily
“Andy Saunders comedy was out there. As well as stand up he beat-boxed and did impersonations, and maintained across all these elements a high level of skill”.
Rip It Up Adelaide

The only way is up, and this is one comedian that can’t be held down. Andy believes that the best way to change the world for the better is through laughter and that a human being is at their most vulnerable while laughing, so get ready to be at the peril of this new, relevant and necessary brand of comedy.

The Dundaloo Drum Corp has been an entity since 2020 and is focused on sharing the pure enjoyment of djembe drumming and music. The crew love to set up rhythm’s and create routines together as well as sing feel good songs like sea shanties that bring everyone together to join in, audience included.

The group have performed at Eisteddfods and at concerts like the Imagine Concert at the River Stage in Taree in February 2023. They are really excited to be on the bill at the Lakeside Festival this year and are sure to get you singing and clapping along.

A new and exciting sound on the Mid North Coast, BOXCAR BLUES CO. are bringing an experience in Blues to Lakeside Festival that will have you grooving in your seats and swinging on the dance floor.

Exploring the origins of the Blues, as well as reflecting the essence of the masters, the local musicians that form BOXCAR BLUES CO. have developed and deliver a unique interpretation of Blues classics.

A singer songwriter from Old Bar, whose musical journey has companioned her personal journey as a solo mum, Lorren has looked to music and nature for the radiance of the moment, the promise of Now. Lorren works well-known songs into surprising offerings that tantalise the familiar and diverge in difference.

Her own songs are a growing repertoire: poetry developed for layered listening, woven into song with melody matched for impact. Hear Lorren’s upbeat covers with the band, quirky pop mashups, some Rickie Lee Jones and some of her own more energetic numbers.

Their music is a collection of rock/blues/roots with flashes of Tom Waits and Hendrix, melting towards Ben Harper, with screaming slide, big bass and big drums. It’s a big interactive show, with moving percussion – it’s stunning.

Hard to describe – see it for yourself at Lakeside Festival!

Little Quirks are all about the hooks, harmonies and explosive live energy. The band’s boisterous approach to the Folk Rock / Pop genre unashamedly pushes catchy melodies and big rhythms to the fore. While their layered vocals draw inspiration from the sibling charms of First Aid Kit and The Staves, the trio’s direct and often epic songs land them in a space of their very own. Catch them live at Lakeside Festival, they’re gonna blow you away!

Dubbed the Jimi Hendrix of the Hammond Organ, the Lachy Doley Group is Australia’s most celebrated Blues Soul Rock Organ Player in the world today. A player who can pump, pamper and occasionally pound the most unbelievable sounds from a keyboard: sounds that are intense, ferocious and sometimes transcendent.

Continually going viral on Facebook with videos clocking up millions of views. Most recently with his version of VOODOO CHILD played not on guitar, but rather his extremely rare and unique Whammy Clavinet. We’re excited to have the Lachy Doley Group performing at the Festival this year.

2023 sees Kate rack up 40 years and 30 albums into one of the most enduring and inspirational careers in Australian music.

11 platinum and 8 gold albums, 15 Top 40 singles, 3 Countdown awards, 4 ARIA awards from 19 nominations, but it’s over 8000 performances that her unassailable distinction was forged.

I’m Talking’s platinum debut, “Bear Witness”, brought Kate’s jaw-dropping voice to national attention via their 5 top 20 singles. It led to stages as historic as Live Aid and Australian Made alongside INXS, Jimmy Barnes and Divinyls. Today it’s enshrined among Rolling Stone’s Top 200 Australian Albums of all time.

There’s her record-breaking run with John Farnham in Jesus Christ Superstar, her hit TV show of the mid ‘90s ‘Kate & Friends’, her 2014 induction into the Australian Songwriters’ Hall of Fame, her triple Platinum smash debut solo album pop album Brave, her ARIA winning Platinum blues album ‘Stringer’, Kate was a force of nature from day one.

It’s a story that refreshes yet again with My Life Is A Symphony, a breathtaking celebration of her songwriting, featuring her most iconic songs, Brave and Pash, and favourites reimagined amid the grandeur of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.

Quite simply the voice of a generation.

To our wonderful Lakeside family

We have waited as long as possible before deciding to postpone Lakeside 2021, in hopes that the COVID 19 situation in NSW would allow us to host a safe event.

“Prioritising the well-being and safety of our local community, patrons and participants is paramount” said President, Ian Dobbie.

The volunteer Lakeside crew has worked hard all year planning for Lakeside Festival 2021.


We are excited to announce we have rescheduled to:
Saturday 19th March 2022

Just 26 weeks away, a special Autumn version. The weather should be lovely for a day of awesome live music, beautiful views, delicious food, pop up bar and a kid’s zone.

We thank everyone who has already purchased tickets, your support has been phenomenal!

Lakeside Festival Tickets

Hold onto those tickets, they will automatically be transferred across to the new 2022 date.

If you can’t make the new date a refund can be requested (However Dine & Discover voucher ticket purchases can not be refunded) Simply email us at with your name, address and ticket number/s.

Ticket sales for Lakeside 2022 will stay open so you can finally organise that long awaited catch up with family and friends.

Location: Overlooking the Wallis Lake at John Wright Park, Manning Street Tuncurry
Create & Grow Market: from 9am to 2pm
Music Festival: Gates open at 11am | Music starts 12noon and finishes at 8:30pm

Stage Director, Peter Eades said  “We are in the process of confirming our stunning showcase of Aussie female artists for the new date. Any changes will be announced as soon as possible.”

In the meantime, enjoy Spring/Summer, have a wonderful Christmas.

We can’t wait to see you all on 1st-3rd November 2024 to reconnect and recover together! Stay safe everyone.

The beautiful girls from the Sundara Tribe have danced for us at Lakeside Festival every year. Loved by the blokes AND the ladies in the audience and definitely loved by the kids.

Each year we can’t wait to see the costumes the ladies will have, all designed and made themselves especially for Lakeside.

Whether you’re staying for the night or the weekend, we have accommodation offers to suit everyone thanks to our sponsors. They may even throw in a couple of FREE Music Festival Tickets!

Discover our Accommodation

The best pop-up bar to grace the shores of the Wallis Lake! We’ve hand-picked a selection of our finest local food trucks, craft beer, wines and tasty treats of the Mid-North Coast.

What’s your flavour?

It’s official, the 8th annual Lakeside Festival will need to be postponed till 2021 for the safety of everyone and in the continued fight against COVID-19. As you can imagine, the Lakeside team are extremely disheartened, as we have been working on this year’s festival since January. We explored all other ways to keep the festival alive in 2020, but it was important for us to host an all-inclusive event, which just isn’t possible under the still current strict health restrictions.

It’s just not #LAKESIDEFESTIVALNSW with limited attendance, no dancing or getting up close and personal with the bands!

We will miss seeing your happy, smiling faces this November but look forward to seeing you next year – save the date 30th October 2021!

A big special THANK YOU to the local community, our volunteers and the awesome local businesses who help us to produce the festival and at the same time, showcase the wonderful area in which we live. Please continue to follow us on Facebook and Instagram @LakesidefestivalNSW for progress and special announcements.

Thank you all for joining us each year and for your patience and understanding. Stay safe everyone and we can’t wait to see you next year!

Much love from the Lakeside Crew.

Lakeside festival has successfully received $10,000 in funding for 2020-21. This funding will assist with the running of the festival and we know tourism is a major contributor to our local economy, and events like the Lakeside Festival are a draw card for interstate visitors to our area, so the NSW Government is proud to support these activities at such a critical time.

It is part of funding provided to 59 events to share in the NSW Government’s $1 million 2020 Regional Event Fund and is in addition to the $50,000 provided to the 2020 Wingham Akoostik Festival announced earlier this year. The Regional Event Fund is part of the NSW Government’s $10 million Tourism Recovery package 2020.

As restrictions are still in place most festivals have been postponed due to Covid. The funding will be carried over to 2021, giving us more time to plan and utilise the funding efficiently.