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Genre Rock, Hip hop, Electronic, Indie
Dates mid-to-late May
Location(s) Australia Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia
Years active 2003 - present

BASSINTHEGRASS[1] is an Australian music festival. It is the largest music festival in the Northern Territory, and has been held annually since 2003 at the Darwin Amphitheatre in the territory capital. The festival is operated by the Northern Territory Government through the Northern Territory Major Events Company,[1] part of a project of the previous Martin government to bring prominent bands to the territory and showcase local talent. BASSINTHEGRASS has grown rapidly since its inception, resulting in the imposition of cap on ticket numbers in 2007. A sister festival, BASSINTHEDUST, had been held in Alice Springs commencing in 2004, but was shelved in 2008.


The festival was first held in 2003, to fulfill a campaign promise by the government to hold a Big Day Out-style youth concert in the territory.[2] It was held in both Darwin and Alice Springs in its inaugural year, with the Alice Springs leg later becoming the Bassinthedust festival.[3] 5000 people attended the Darwin leg, with a further 1500 in Alice Springs, listening to headline acts The Living End, 30 Odd Foot of Grunts, and NoKTuRNL.[3][4][5] It became an annual event.[6]

It became a Darwin-only festival in 2004 with the creation of Bassinthedust, and a crowd of 6000 turned out to a hear a larger lineup.[7][8] Radio personality Jackie O had been meant to MC the event, but arrived nine hours late, and stormed off stage after being booed by the crowd and played over by Frenzal Rhomb in an incident that received national media coverage.[9] You Am I, Little Birdy, Evermore, Regurgitator and Anthony Callea headlined the festival in 2005.[10][11]

The festival switched to a two-stage format in 2006.[11][12] Ticket sales increased, with a total audience of 9000 - a 40% increase on previous years.[13] The high turnout resulted in a cap of 7000 tickets being introduced for the 2007 festival because of safety concerns.[14] A capacity crowd attended.[15]

BASSINTHEGRASS 2008 was held on 24 May 2008, at the Darwin Amphitheatre.


The ticketing system of BASSINTHEGRASS involves using logo-branded caps as a proof of purchase. This helps organizers to distinguish unpaid entries and also serves as protection from the sun.

Artist lineup by year[edit]
















  1. ^ a b unstated (n.d.). "BASSINTHEGRASS 08 -". NT Major Events Company Pty Ltd. Archived from the original on 8 October 2008. Retrieved 2008-01-18. 
  2. ^ "It's music to ALP". Northern Territory News, 15 July 2003
  3. ^ a b Burton, Alice. "Local acts signed for big day out". Northern Territory News, 4 July 2003.
  4. ^ "It's music to ALP". Northern Territory News, 15 July 2003.
  5. ^ "Crowe quietly flies in". Northern Territory News, 11 July 2003.
  6. ^ Carter, Chris. "Darwin ready as Alice swings". Northern Territory News, 12 July 2003.
  7. ^ Jackson, Paul. "Get set to rock in grass again". Northern Territory News, 12 July 2004.
  8. ^ "Locals boost big gig". Northern Territory News, 3 July 2004.
  9. ^ "NT and beyond". Northern Territory News, 6 August 2004.
  10. ^ Cavanagh, Rebekah. "Concert tickets selling fast". Northern Territory News, 2 June 2005.
  11. ^ a b "More room for more rocking". Northern Territory News, 5 June 2005.
  12. ^ Langford, Ben. "The Living End in our sights". Northern Territory News, 11 April 2006.
  13. ^ Carter, Chris. "BASS tickets may be capped". Northern Territory News, 29 May 2006.
  14. ^ "GRASS goers capped at 7000". Northern Territory News, 17 May 2007.
  15. ^ Brunt, Kasey "Gardens rock to BASS beat". Northern Territory News, 27 May 2007.
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