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Dookie Quarry’s music festival reveals new name

Quarries and rock go hand in hand, but Shepparton’s Dookie Quarry is set to take in a rocking music line up for its annual festival. 

Earlier this year, the famous festival announced it would be changing its name from Secret Garden Gigs but committed to keeping its Dookie Quarry backdrop.  

Festival organisers recently revealed the festival has been renamed and rebranded to GROUNDed – Live at the Dookie Quarry on Yorta Yorta Country ahead of its December return.  

“On behalf of our Festival fam we want to say thank you, If you didn’t dig what we do, we wouldn’t be here today,” the organisers said in a post. 

“Special mention and appreciation to Paul Trickey, the owner of our beloved venue and Steph at SO Creative for her skills bringing our vision to life with the help of Rachel Doller’s original artwork.  

“To the town of Dookie, together we’ve got big dreams and we reckon the future is looking pretty bright. Here’s to cherishing the finest moments, and showing off everything that makes Dookie so unique.”  

Dookie Quarry’s music festival is known as GROUNDed live at Dookie Quarry. Picture: GROUNDed live at Dookie Quarry Facebook

The festival has been a staple of the area since it debuted. According to previous reports, The quarry produced granite during its main operations and was a key part of Dookie.
Operations ceased in the 1970s and the site was used as the local tip for a couple of years before being remediated.  

The venue is inundated with music fans and tourists for one weekend a year as the quarry, 20 minutes from Shepparton, transforms into a live music venue.  

GROUNDed has announced its line-up to rock the quarry with poet and hip-hop artist Bricky B joining Charm of Finches, Fortessima, The Bamboos and JB and Me.  

The music festival recently took out the Best Visitor Experience award at the Shepparton Business Network Awards.  

GROUNDed 2023 takes place from Saturday, December 2 at Dookie Quarry from 4pm to 11pm. 

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