4th, 5th and 6th of October


Main event 5th October 1pM - 10PM

Percy Steel Reserve, Georges Bay Esplanade

Bigger and better than last year.

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what to expect

Here is a highlight reel of last years festival!

what's happening

Three big days!

Friday 4th October - St helens Bowls Club

Hang out at the Bowlo! Our legendary little bowls club are pairing an amazing menu with Manchild Brewing beers. On top of this you can play some barefoot bowls, darts, coits, cards or dance the night away to their bowls club appropriate musical offering! 

Friday 4th October - the Social Tasmania

Local DJ will be spinning tracks into the night with Burger Junky slinging food and the brewers and distillers from George festivals wares on sale for a festival sneak peak. 

Friday 4th October - easy tiger

Judging of the home brewing competition, whisky tasting and talk by one of Tasmania’s premier distillers and to top it all off a band!

Friday 4th October - HOME BREW COMPETITION

Fancy yourself as the champion of the inaugural George Festival Home Brew Competition? Combine the bragging rights with Manchild Brewing Merch and Beer as prizes. 

Accomodation Partners

George has partnered with Panorama Hotel St Helens to have your accomodation covered. Click below to find out more!

The Main Event

Saturday 5th October - 1pm to 10pm

At its Heart, A Festival called George is a showcase of unique and independent craft beers and spirits accompanied by original performing artists. This year we have grown this musical offering to include eight original and renown Tasmanian and mainland artists. Everything from big DAD jams to soul filled acoustic chill or rock and roll piano. No matter your tastes we have you covered.  

Bad dad orchestra (TAS)

A simple idea born of fatherhood, friendship and music has flourished and taken shape.
THE BAD DAD ORCHESTRA formed in mid-2015 from a concept devised by the band’s late guitarist Liam Guthrie. The
9-piece band quickly established themselves as a powerhouse of Tasmania’s live music scene. An export of the
highest quality you can only expect from Tasmania’s island state.
With a rocking line-up, of guitars, bass & drums, a keyboard & 3-piece horn section THE BAD DAD ORCHESTRA brings
big grooves, with snappy horn lines and catchy as hell vocals from front-man Jimi Steele. Critics have likened THE
BAD DAD ORCHESTRA to the classic sounds of Australian pubrock with a modern twist, whilst others have named it a
unique brand of soul.
Since establishing, THE BAD DAD ORCHESTRA have gratefully featured on some of Tasmania’s most popular festival
line-ups, including Falls Festival, Party in the Paddock, Forth Valley Blues Festival, Junction Arts Festival, The Taste of
Tasmania, Royal Eve, Festivale, The Great Huon Valley Festival,

Flower extract (TAS)

Hailing from the east coast of Tassie, Flower Extract are a 4-piece indie-psych-rock band who now operate between nipaluna/Hobart and naarm/Melbourne. Musically they create a sound that is unique yet familiar, and have a strong track record of energetic, spontaneous, and occasionally nonsensical live shows.


On the streets they are known for their C-grade stage banter, B-grade indie-psych-rock, and A-grade friendship. Their typically tasmanian, heads-screwed-on approach has seen them release a swath of music (including a 14 track extended edition of their debut EP – Natural Press), play some notable sets at festivals like Party in the Paddock, The Great Escape, and Bonzaki, support mainlanders like The Grogans and Johnny Hunter, and even play some shows on the big island. 


This October they will be returning home for a very special set at a Festival Called George, armed with some fresh releases and some stories from the outside world. For fans of local music this is not one to be missed.


In conclusion – “we’re pretty bloody excited to play the George aye”, and, “did you know that my mum reckons we sound like the 80’s, but just the good bits?”.

racoon dog (TAS)

RACCOON DOG based in Northern  Tasmania is the spirit animal of song writer  and US born Ben Wilson. Raccoon Dog  recently released their second album as a  solid 4 piece band of Tassie locals. Expect to  hear some folk vibes on this album titled  ‘Better Now’, comprised of 10 original songs  written, performed and recorded by Ben over  an 8 year period, a retrospect of being  homeless and busking in Portland Oregon to  finding his feet in Tasmania, Australia. In the  last year, Raccoon Dog has quickly gained  traction on the apple isle, playing all the  major venues and festivals like A Festival  Called Panama, Falls, Mona, Dark Mofo,  Festival and even a couple of trips to VIC to  perform at Queenscliffe Music Festival.

halfway to forth (TAS)

Halfway to Forth are brothers Dan & Kyle Lizotte. If you head up past the old steam railway, over the river and round the bend you’ll arrive at their family home, about halfway along the road to a little town called Forth on the NW coast of Tasmania, Australia.

Their music is honest and rootsy, with folk, country and blues shades.  These boys attend both schools, Old and New, and stick to writing what they know.  You’ll hear more than a little foot stompin’, banjo pluckin’ and bottle neck slidin’. People have said their voices blend well…

In 2009 they self produced and released a 7 track EP “Treasure for Memories”.  In 2012 they found an old Chapel to rent cheap on a hill in Cudlee Creek, South Australia.  The gracious caretaker let them turn the church into their recording studio (as long as they cleaned up before Sunday morning) and over the following months their debut album “Run for the Hills” was dreamt up and recorded in the wee hours of the morning. If you listen closely you can hear the pews creaking and the coffee urn clicking… It was spooky at times…

They launched “Run for the Hills” to a home crowd at Red Hot Music in Devonport, breaking ticket sales records, receiving a standing ovation and playing two encores.

Halfway to Forth like to get out on the road and have played music festivals all over the country, including Byron Bay Blues Festival and Queenscliff Music Festival, but since starting families the brothers are enjoying focusing on a Tasmanian audience once again.  They are finding the local music scene vibrant and flourishing, with eager crowds and venues keen to book Tasmanian talent.

ezra lee

Ezra Lee is based in Melbourne and is one of Australia’s top rockin’ entertainers and has toured and performed at major music festivals in the UK, Europe, Australia and USA.

Lee created his style from blues, early jazz, boogie woogie, honky tonk and the music of rock ‘n’ roll legends, Jerry Lee Lewis, Fats Domino, Little Richard and Ray Charles. 

Lee was signed to Rhythm Bomb Records in Germany and has toured and recorded with Doug Parkinson, Vika Bull, James Blundell, Johnny Green’s Blues Cowboys, Rose Tattoo, Linda Gail Lewis, Wanda Jackson and Lee supported rock ‘n’ roll pioneer Jerry Lee Lewis in Las Vegas.

Kylie Howard (taS)

Kylie Howard is an original singer songwriter and percussionist based on the East Coast of Tasmania. Her sound can be described as earthy folk rock with percussive strumming and strong vocals. Kylie has performed in bands as a percussionist for over a decade, recorded 2 albums, played at festivals and gigs in Tasmania, nationally and abroad. 


our amazing Tasmanian Drink vendors

Big 4 Holiday Park St Helens have been an amazing supporter of  George since we started out. They provide accomodation for our bands and as if this wasn’t enough they also offer you a 5% discount if you want accomodation for the weekend. Check out the video below of just how awesome their site is, then click to book ASAP so you don’t miss out. 

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NEW VeNue on the waterfront

We've moved. Now on the grass with views of the bay. Percy Steel Reserve is St Helen's best venue for a festival. Bring a blanket, some camp chairs or your lounge suite (please don't actually bring your lounge suite) and settle in for an amazing afternoon.