Magpie Johnston is a festival curator and promoter based in the Hunter Valley. He founded Dashville in 2004, when he kicked off the very first Gum Ball festival. 14 years later and Dashville continue to host a number of boutique festivals and events on their 3000pax outdoor venue, including Dashville Skyline, Thrashville, and PigSty in July. Alongside the festivals, Dashville also hosts a recording facility at the venue and provide management and support to a small roster of locally based artists.
Further driving his interest in live music, Magpie is also a songwriter and recording artist, fronting soul country band Magpie Diaries, who will release their debut album in 2018.