Lakeside Laughs is the perfect way to kick off the perfect weekend!

With a sidesplitting lineup of comedians including Andy Saunders, Tommy Dean and Marty Bright, this is the perfect way to finish off the week, and start a massive weekend of fabulous entertainment.

Laughter is the best medicine, so get a good dose, check out the lineup and grab your tickets HERE

Friday, 3rd NOVEMBER 2023

Location:  Club Forster, 19 Strand St Forster

Time:  Doors open at 7:30pm – Intermission at 9:15pm

Andy Saunders:
“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

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.
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.

Marty Bright

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.


Ben Stevenson

“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

Aunty Maureen

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

2022 Deadly Funny Comedy National Finalist.


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.

Bookings are essential. Tickets on sale now!
Grab your mates and join us for an evening of fun and side-splitting laughter.

Tickets only $30


The time has come to reconnect and come together.
Live music needs you and you need a great day out! We have everything ready for the 2023 Lakeside Festival and can’t wait to see you.  Our wonderful artists, food vendors, bar stalls and volunteers are all busting to put on a great show for you.

Here’s a couple of FAQs before we see you there!


Is there disabled access? Yes, designated drop off zone at entrance gate, park grounds are flat and wheelchair friendly, disabled toilet available plus companion card friendly.

Where are the toilets? An amenities block with disabled toilet and Portaloos will be available inside the music festival grounds. No change tables available sorry.

Is seating provided? No, there are very limited bench seats and picnic tables available for use inside the music festival, however not in the best veiw of the stage. Please BYO camp chair or picnic rug.

Can I go in and out of the festival? Yes, pass outs are permitted so don’t lose your wristband. Removal of wristbands will result in having to re-purchase tickets at gate price or denial of re-entry.

Will there be shade? There are large shade trees within the park, we also have 2 large shade marquees. Remember to slip, slop, slap and wear a hat! Own shade structure and umbrellas are not allowed – only ponchos please if raining.


We recommend bringing a hat, sunscreen and stay sun safe during the event if weather is hot.
Free water is available at the event with ample shade throughout.
Ice cream and cold drinks are also available from our vendors and bar.
Swimming is NOT permitted.

What if it’s raining?

Weather updates will be announced on Thursday evening before Saturdays event.
Wet weather hasn’t stopped us yet.
Bring a poncho for wet weather or purchase from our merch tent

The festival and the markets WILL STILL GO AHEAD if it is a light shower.

However, in the event of HEAVY wet weather and storm conditions the Lakeside Music Festival will move to Club Forster, 19 Strand St, Forster.
Doors will open at 11am – Limited tickets available at the door. Music starts 12 noon till 8.30pm.
THIS IS A FULLY LICENSED EVENT – Under 18’s must be accompanied their parent(s) or guardian(s).
Bar facilities will be open in the Club Forster Bar Galaxy Room Bar. Food will be available for purchase at The bistro open for lunch and dinner

For more information contact:

3 Days, 3 Events!

Friday 3 November 2023 Lakeside Laughs – at Club Forster

Saturday 4th November 2023 Music Festival Gates open at 11am | Music starts 12noon and finishes at 8:30pm

What time are the artists playing?
1.30pm –Lorren Deborah
3.00pm –Mason Rack Band
4.00pm – Sundara Tribe Belly Dancers
4.30pm –Little Quirks
6.00pm – Lachey Doley Group
7.30pm – Kate Ceberano

Stage times are subject to last minute changes and are an approximate guide only.

Sunday 5th November 2023  Lakeside Long Lunch  – at Various Local Venues

What is there for kids to do? If you have little ones there is kids entertainment such as facepainting, toddler sandpit, chalk art, lawn games plus loads of space to dance and play inside the music festival.


Lakeside Laughs – at Club Forster, – see webpage for details
Music Festival: (South end of John Wright Park) Overlooking the Wallis Lake at John Wright Park,
12-14 Manning Street Tuncurry
NSW 2428
Lakeside Long Lunch  – at Various Local Venues – see webpage for details

Where can I purchase merch? Band merch and festival merch will be available on the day of the event at the merch tent near the main stage.

What merch will be available on the day? Stubby holders, hats, band shirts, festival shirts, signed posters and CD’s . EFTPOS available at the Merch Tent.

Is there a site plan? Yes,

Where can I park my car? Car parking is available in nearby streets for free. Parking can be found at Vincent Fazio Park on Point Road, Tuncurry. Walking distance from the event. Please be considerate of parking times, the local residents and do not block driveways.

Parking is also available at the Main Beach car park – SEE MAP
and then enjoy a lovely walk across the bridge to the event.

Is there a shuttle bus? No there is no bus. We can recommend car pooling with your friends and family or calling a local on taxi 131 008.

Do our tickets automatically transfer to the new date? Yes! If you have a current valid ticket, your ticket will be valid for the new event in March 2022

Where do I buy tickets? Pre purchase tickets are available until 9pm Friday 3 Nov online at or  ONLY IF NOT SOLD OUT ONLINE.  We advise you purchase online to get a discount and to avoid disappointment.

How much are Music Festival tickets? 
General Adult 18+ ONLINE – $51
Youth (13 to 17) ONLINE – $30
Children 12yrs & under – Free (ticket still required for entry)
Companion Card – Free

Adult 18+ GATE – $60
Youth (13 to 17) GATE – $35
Children 12yrs & under – Free (ticket still required for entry)
Companion Card – Free ( must present proof of compainion card at entry)

Under 18’s must be in direct company and supervision of their parent / guardian as this is a licensed event. EFPOS is available at the gate.

Will tickets be available at the gate? Limited tickets (IF NOT SOLD OUT ONLINE) will be at the gate from 11am, please pre-purchase your tickets 

Do I need to print my ticket? printed or on device are acceptable

Can I get a refund of my ticket? Refunds can only processed for those who previously purchased 2023 early bird tickets. No other refunds will be processed sorry.

Do I need ID? Yes. If you are 18+ please bring legal ID. All patrons under 18 MUST be supervised by a responsible adult at all times.

Will I need cash or can I use EFTPOS?  The food and drink vendors have both cash and EFTPOS facilities, as does the front gate, bar & merch tent.

Can we bring chairs, tables, umbrella or a marquee? Yes, bring your camping chairs or a picnic rug.  Marquees and umbrellas are not permitted, to ensure everyone uninterrupted view of the stage. We provide several large marquees and natural shade at the event. Ponchos are advised in wet weather.Can I bring my dog? No, except for special needs dogs.  Please do not turn up with your furry best mate, as we will have to refuse you entry.

Can we bring our own food and alcohol into the event? NO!
There is no BYO allowed, there is a wide variety of food stalls at the event with a great range of food and beverage options available.
BYO food exemptions for pre-approved medical reasons and infants.
Can I bring bottled water? BYO EMPTY water bottles we have FREE water refill stations available.

Are there vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options available? Yes, our vendors will have these options available. If you have special dietry needs you can reach out to our food vendors or check out if their menu is right for you below.

Where can I buy drink tickets? Drink tickets will be sold from the tent next to the bar marquee. EFTPOS is available.

GREEN = Full Strength Beer
RED = Mid-strength Beer
YELLOW = Pre-mixed Spirit Cans
BLUE = Bottle of Wine
PINK = Glass of Wine

What if I don’t use all my drink tickets? Please note at the end of the festival, all tickets are non-refundable or exchangeable for cash. We suggest purchasing tickets in smaller quantities if you are unsure of how many you will use.

Where can I buy alcohol? The Lakeside Pop up bar marquee will be located next to the stage. To consume or purchase alcohol you must be of legal age (18+).

Where can I buy non-alcohol drinks? Non alcoholic drinks can be purchased at our food vendors  Drink tickets will not be required. BYO an empty water bottle for free water refills at our water stations located on the festival grounds.


Food & Bar vendors/ menu’s are subject to last minute changes and availability.


Please get in touch and we will gladly answer
Don’t forget to tell your friends
WE CAN’T WAIT TO PARTY WITH YOU in just weeks from now!
Share the news to all your friends and family.
See you at Lakeside Festival 2023

2022 marked the 10th anniversary of Lakeside Festival

After two years of COVID postponements, Saturday 19th March 2022 was a great success!
The local community and visitors from as far afield as Melbourne and South-East Queensland were able to ‘let their hair down’ with great music, delicious food, local wines and boutique beer with the awesome backdrop of Wallis Lake. Within only days of covid restrictions easing for festivals, it was wonderful to see that the festival attracted a strong attendance. With attendees happily  enjoying a covidsafe event, data collected from ticket sales showing 62% local attendance and 38% visitors from other regions. The event even hosted a group from Norway and one from Germany who were holidaying in our slice of paradise. Visitors to the festival stayed in town for an average of 3 nights bringing a significant benefit to the local Forster/Tuncurry business community.


At the April 28th Lakeside Festival Inc. Annual General Meeting the committee recognised and extended a vote of appreciation to the local community, MidCoast Council, sponsors and volunteers for their ongoing support and contribution (financial, time and effort).
The committee are now considering what Lakeside could look like in the future.
Nationwide, volunteer organisations are struggling to recruit and retain team members. Lakeside Festival is unfortunately in the same position, without enough human resources to move forward with planning the next event.

Planning for the 2023 festival has been postponed

The committee will undertake a full review of the methodology used and outcomes delivered in presenting the festival in previous years.
An integral part of this process will be assessing the current trends and infrastructure supporting such events in other regions. Then determine how these may be applied/incorporated into future events for Forster Tuncurry. Feedback from patrons and stakeholders is extremely positive and encouraging for the events future. With an ever increasing following it would be shame to see the event lost, like so many other events in the past.


A call out for volunteers for future festivals

The Lakeside Festival committee extends a welcome to new members who could bring fresh perspectives and expertise to strengthen the event’s resource pool. The team meet once a month and, depending on the role, a volunteer could expect to donate a couple of hours per week of their time, for 6 to 8 months of the year. Then everyone pulls together with great satisfaction to present the festival over set up, event day and pack down.
Please get in touch for more information via email:

Check out what 2022 was all about!


Did you attend Lakeside Festival 2022?

We would love to hear your feedback so we can improve and make our volunteer run event the best it can be next year.
Please fill out our survey and let us know your thoughts (your answers will be anonymous).

Lakeside Festival 2022 Survey

Thank you,
From the Lakeside Crew

Unfortunatly MAHALIA BARNES + THE SOUL MATES has had to cancel last minute due to covid. We are devistated Mahalia can no longer make LAKESIDE FESTIVAL 2022 but wish her & family a speedy recovery. We realise many will be just saddened by this news but we can assure you Lakeside Festival will still go ahead with another amazing female Aussie artist joining our line up in less than 24hrs!! INTRODUCING the queen of soul Karise Eden performing on our stage from 6:00pm – preview here👉
Get your tix online now before sales close tonight. It’s going to be an amazing day!
Limited tickets available at the gate.


That’s right! This morning, the news our industry has been waiting for has finally come. Restrictions (including the attendee cap, no singing, and no dancing) for major events WILL BE SCRAPPED as of Friday, 25th of Feb! READ MORE HERE

We can’t wait to have the opportunity to present Lakeside Festival in a way that can be as close to a “normal” festival as we can this year.

Wow! This news has lifted us up even higher than we already were.


Exciting changes to the 2022 line up

Sadly due to a last-minute change Little Quirks & Laura Zarb, are no longer able to perform at Lakeside Music Festival 2022, so swooping in to help out are these two new amazing acts.

Introducing two new acts to our 2020 line- up!

Young, new talent are Mirage. Three talented local girls from Pacific Palms ready to blow you away with fresh songs and super energy.
Grace and Hugh  – Two songwriters/filmmakers creating a rollicking, visual and sonic celebration of Australia, its diverse communities, characters and unheralded musicians

Get your crew together and join us for this sensational Aussie line-up.

We can’t wait to see you all in 2022 to reconnect and recover together!

Here it is – Our fabulous 2021 line-up for Saturday 30th October!

Very limited Early Bird Tickets on sale now PLUS you can use your Dine & Discover vouchers to buy them before they expire on June 30th. Be quick and grab your tickets HERE

Hussy Hicks
Little Quirks
Holly Who
Big Sky Mountain
Laura Zarb
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