Black Stump Music and Arts Festival
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|Black Stump Music and Arts Festival|
|Dates||October Long Weekend|
|Founded by||David Hogg|
The Black Stump Music and Arts Festival (called 'Black Stump,' 'Black Stump Festival' or just 'Stump' for short) was a four-day Christian festival that is held in the Greater Sydney Metropolitan region over the Labour Day long weekend, often the first weekend in October, from 1985 to 2014.
Although the format of the festival changed slightly from year to year, there were some constant features including:
Main Stage (called Big Top 1995-2006, 2011-) - the primary venue used for Saturday morning, Sunday night and Monday Morning Bible Studies, Worship & Music. During the nights it is the venue used for headline and international acts.
Fools Theatre (formerly Off Broadway) - interaction and comedy venue.
Sacred Space - Alternative worship.
The Village - food and service venues and addition performance space.
The Supper Club - small stage for music with cafe style tables and food.
Metro - primary Rock venue
Black Stump was held annually since 1985 with the exception of four years: 1987, 1995, 2000 and 2010.
The first festival was held to coincide with International Youth Year and was inspired by Pebblebrook in New Zealand and the Greenbelt Festival in the UK. It was organised by individuals from Baptist, Church of Christ, Uniting and Anglican churches as well as other youth orientated Christian organizations.
From 1988 it was then held at Cataract Scout Park until 2007.
The festival was not held in 1987 in order to plan to make it a regular festival, and to plan the relocation to Cataract Scout Park.
The intended 1995 festival was cancelled due to a significant financial shortfall resulting from the 1994 festival.
The festival was not held in 2000 because the Sydney Olympics ended on the October Long weekend.
The festival was not held in 2010 due to projected ticket sales being too low to meet increasing operating costs at the venue.
Equestrian Centre years
In 2008, Black Stump moved to the Sydney International Equestrian Centre in Horsley Park, due to ageing facilities at Cataract Scout Camp. From 2011 Black Stump returned to a rejuvenated Cataract Scout Park.
After the final Black Stump in 2014, some of its organizers went on to launch Beyond Festival. Considered the successor to Black Stump, but with an emphasis on promoting social justice from a Christian standpoint, Beyond Festival has been held at Greenhills Centre in Canberra on the Labour Day long weekend (first weekend in October) in 2015 and 2016. It was not held in 2017, with the next festival to take place at Kangaroo Valley, New South Wales on 23-25 November 2018.
Many artists have appeared at Black Stump and then gone onto wide popularity in the Christian or secular world. These include the Newsboys, Rebecca St James, David Butts (Hooley Dooleys), Tim Harding (Hi-5), Sarah Blasko, Butterfly Boucher and Paul Colman.
- Beyond Festival
- The Black Stump Festival (legacy Facebook page maintained by Beyond Festival)
- All Mankind at Blackstump
- Cusic (ed.), Don (2010), Encyclopedia of Contemporary Christian Music: Pop, Rock, and Worship, Greenwood Publishing, p. 175, ISBN 978-0-313-34426-8CS1 maint: Extra text: authors list (link)