Live at The Camp to honour Dal

Gold Coast pop-rock-soul artist Logan will be among the talent to headline at 'Live at The Camp'. Photo: Daniella Rech

A very special music festival will be taking place at the Camp Reserve in Castlemaine on Saturday May 25 in honour of Under 18 footballer Dallas Keogh-Frankling.

‘Live at The Camp’ commemorates the one-year anniversary since the death of Dallas in 2023 and tickets are on sale now.

Dallas died following an on-field injury sustained during an Aussie Rules football match for his home club Castlemaine against Kyneton.

The tragedy sent shockwaves through the local sporting community, including Dal’s beloved Harcourt Cricket Club, the Castlemaine Secondary College and wider town.

Live at The Camp will provide an opportunity for the local community to come together and remember him.

Castlemaine Theatre Royal’s Tim Heath and Dion Brownfield of Grand Trine Management have joined forces to organise the artists and production for the event pro bono, as a way of supporting the Castlemaine Football Netball Club to make their vision a reality.

The lineup is co-headlined by Castlemaine local and 2018 Triple J Unearthed winner KIAN, and Gold Coast pop-rock-soul artist Logan. Fresh from Idyll the Castlemaine Idyll Band will also feature, as will 2023 Castlemaine Battle of the Bands winners Fryer, a punk-rock outfit with personal connections to Dal. The lineup is completed by music producers Tentendo and YAOB who will have you on your feet all night long.

CFNC president Caleb Kuhle said they hoped Live at The Camp created a legacy for Dallas and his family, and an ongoing opportunity for the community to come together joyfully.

Profits from the event will go toward building Live at The Camp for future years, while profits from merchandise sales will be provided to Dal’s family and go toward a cause of their choice in his name.

Castlemaine Theatre Royal’s Tim Heath said there was a long association between the Camp Reserve and Theatre Royal.

“We recently uncovered a poster for a benefit concert at the Theatre Royal for the Castlemaine Cricket Club in 1874!” he said.

“Both the TR and Castlemaine Football Club started around the same time in the mid-1850s.

“We hope to build on this inaugural concert to make it a yearly event and bring back the popular live music events at the Camp, along the lines of those renowned John Farnham and ACDC appearances at the ground,” he said.

Live at The Camp is an all-ages music festival and gates will open at 4pm on Saturday May 25.

Pre-purchased tickets are a must and can be purchased at #putyourbootsoutforDallas

Dallas Keogh-Frankling.
The Theatre Royal and Camp Reserve have had a long association. This poster for a Castlemaine Cricket Club benefit in 1874.