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Darker Days rises from the ashes

Australian rock royalty and six-time ARIA winner Bob Evans will headline an all-star line-up for the return of Bright Brewery’s DARKER DAYS festival for 2022.

After the horror show of 2021, when Bright’s annual midwinter festival fell victim to COVID lockdowns just 24 hours before it began, DARKER DAYS will rise from the ashes over the weekend of June 17-19, 2022.

A celebration of all things dark and decadent – with a special focus on dark beer, live music and crackling bonfires – DARKER DAYS 2022 will be bigger, better, and darker than ever.

The frontman of legendary Australian rock outfit, Jebediah, Bob Evans will light up the stage at Darker Days with his iconic blend of acoustic folk, rock, and roots, which includes some of Australia’s most beloved songs.

Bob (the alter-ego of rocker Kevin Mitchell), will headline Darker Days’ biggest music lineup ever, supported by an eclectic lineup of Victorian musicians.

With festivities to enjoy across the weekend, Saturday’s main Festival Day on June 18 will heat up with 10 hours of live music, cold beer, hot food, local drinks & roaring fires.

Bright Brewery will be joined by Guest Brewers Banks Brewing Co (Vic), Molly Rose Brewers (Vic) and Moo Brew (Tas), alongside award-winning High Country producers, Reed & Co Distillery, Backwoods Distilling, Alpine Cider, and Billy Button Wines.

Bright Brewery Marketing Manager Laura Gray said Bright was buzzing with anticipation for Darker Days, which has not been able to run since 2019 due to COVID.

“We were so close last year – we got within 24 hours of opening and we thought we were safe, but COVID, as always, had other plans,” Gray said.

“So this one will be very, very special after everything everyone has been through, especially with Bob Evans headlining.”

Ticketholders who chose to hold on to their tickets from 2021 have been rewarded with guaranteed first access to this year’s festivities at a reduced price, with tickets for the general public on sale now until sold out.

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!

“We are so appreciative of everyone who stuck with us through all the drama last year, and we absolutely can’t wait to welcome everyone to Bright in June,” Ms Gray said.

The weekend’s festivities include:

Friday, June 17:

  • Brewer For A Day: with Bright’s Head Brewer Reid Stratton
  • Darker Dinner: a dark & decadent four-course meal with matched beers

Saturday, July 17:

  • Festival Day: 10+ hours of live music, headlined by Bob Evans

Sunday, July 18:

  • Brewer’s Breakfast: think brekkie beers and beery cocktails
  • 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 at a reduced price.

Tickets are now on sale here

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