Our History

Since 2010, NelliJam has been a staple festival event on the South Coast summer calendar. It spawned from very humble beginnings – starting its life with four local bands in the beer garden and a nervous festival director who was wondering if anyone was going to turn up. We were pleasantly surprised with the response – so we vowed to make NelliJam an annual event. We’ve never looked back! 

In 2010, original live music seemed like a thing of the past in these parts. NelliJam was destined to change that! We had a genuine desire to put original music back on the agenda. Wind the clock forward, the event now brings around 700 live music lovers to Nelligen every January – something we are immensely proud of.  

The event is held each year in the picturesque town of Nelligen on the far south coast (8 minutes west of Batemans Bay). Our wonderful hosts, The Steampacket Hotel have been there since day dot – ensuring the event is a success for all involved. The beautiful river-town and the iconic venue makes the perfect backdrop for live music. Nelligen Big 4 Caravan Park is right across the road, so quality accommodation is just a few short steps away.  

The event now moves into a new post-Covid phase. After two years of fires, floods and Covid cancellations, we are back in a big way! We are more excited than ever to present you all with the new-look NelliJam. This year we have locked in high profile acts like The Choirboys, Sarah McLeod, Chase the Sun and Bo Ness.

With a Rock, Blues and Indie vibe – and a smattering of everything else – NelliJam is a family-friendly event loved by all ages and all tastes.

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