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Traditional gifts for a 5 year anniversary are wood, silver, sapphires and daisies. They couldn’t be more appropriate for this year’s psychedelic string festival known as JamGrass.

What started in 2010 as celebration of jambands and more traditional forms of string band music has evolved into an outdoor, genre-crossing music festival. Complete with a huge line-up, art installations, and food vans set amongst the large trees, sloping lawn and heritage buildings of Bundoora Park, the setting couldn’t be more perfect. Conveniently, it’s still easily accessible from the 86 Tram!

After outgrowing a series of indoor halls, concert spaces and ballrooms, the festival has taken the plunge in creating its own outdoor festival space amongst the Heritage Village in Bundoora Park. “We always felt that the natural home for JamGrass was outdoors, and this year it will be”, said festival director Jason Taylor.

In tradition of the festival, Friday night is always a high energy party, a reunion of musos, fans and regular festival goers who keep coming back year after year. This year will be no different with a launch party at the Spotted Mallard headlined by Sydney band The Morrisons, Melbourne’s own Scrimshaw Four and a rare appearance by The Ramblin’ Roses. The smaller Friday venue means tickets for the launch party will be extremely limited.

The main festival day includes a massive line-up of JamGrass favourites and exciting new acts will play through the afternoon and into the night surrounded by the JamGrass psychedelic garden. This year’s program is the most diverse yet, continuing to demonstrate the link between traditional forms of music, and new progressive genres.