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Hot Dub Wine Machine – Hit or Miss?

Hot Dub Wine Machine – did you love it, or did you hate it?

The brand new event, hosted by Pialligo Estate, was held on the 21st of March.

Featuring an all-Australian line-up and an everlasting flow of wine, Hot Dub is the latest edition to the capital’s growing music festival scene.

The day of the event was sweltering, but that didn’t deter people from piling into the festival to soak up the sun and music.

Amber Allen enjoyed the festival among the VIP section, surrounded by the vineyards and tables of drinks and food.

“Honestly, this has been one of the best festivals to come to Canberra in a long time,” she said.

“After going to Groovin’ the Moo every year, this was an awesome change up to be able to enjoy music away from the over-packed events like GTM and Spilt Milk,”

Image: Madeleine McCaskill

Raven Leatherby-Ford was another festival-goer who was able to sit back on her picnic rug and enjoy the bands from afar.

“I loved the wine and I loved the music. Hot Dub needs to come back every year.”

As the sun slowly crept over the estate, the music got louder and people started to pack in front of the stage to hear bands like The Kite String Tangle and Sneaky Sound System.

Jacqui Spence found herself dancing with the crowd whilst still being able to creep back to the bar and not lose her friends in a sea of people.

“The layout of the festival was so good. It was good to not have to line up at the bar for ages and then be able to go straight back to the stage,” she said.

To close off the night, Hot Dub Time Machine took the audience through a time travelling music journey blasting songs from the 50s to now. It was an hour of non-stop filthy tunes that kept everyone dancing right up until the final moments of the night.

As Aaron Palazzo left the festival, he commented on just how great the vibe of the day was.

“The whole event came together so well and you could tell that everyone was just enjoying themselves and having a great time,” he said.

“I can’t wait for next year’s event.”


Clearly, Hot Dub Wine Machine was a huge hit. The intimate venue allowed a smaller crowd to enjoy music, drinks, food and games, in a beautiful, new setting.

Australian artists provided great entertainment for the day, while festival-goers definitely got the most out of the “Best. Chardy. Ever.”

We hope to see Hot Dub Wine Machine plant themselves as a regular festival in Canberra for future years.

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