Newtons Nation Overview
The initial Newton's Playground festival was run by Bathurst Council. The event was created after a New Zealand downhill skater approached the council for permission to skate down the Mount Panorama Circuit. Sports in this initial festival included downhill skateboarding, street luge, classic luge, inline skating, gravity bike, BMX freestyle, Mountain Bike, Wake Boarding, Parkour and a street park. Bands such as Grinspoon provided concerts.
Bathurst Council did not participate in the second year of Newton's Playground due to budget constraints. Most of the downhill sports events continued.The event was organized by the Australian Skateboard Racing Association (ASRA) and was sanctioned by the International Gravity Sports Association (IGSA) who designated the race as the 2009 World Championships. The Open Downhill Skateboarding World Championship was won by Kevin Reimer from Vancouver, Canada. Nick Duffield from Adelaide, Australia won the Street Luge World Championship and Andy Lally from Decula, Georgia, USA was the Classic Luge World Champion. Brianne Davies from Vancouver, Canada won the Women's Downhill Skateboarding World Championship and Evren Ozan from Laguna Beach, California, USA was the Junior Downhill Skateboarding World Champion.
Newton's Playground was renamed Newton's Nation This festival ran from 26 to 28 November including music by artists such as Bliss n Eso, You Am I and Birds of Tokyo. Roller-suit designer Buggy Rollin also appeared. The festival conducted a promotional road trip of various Australian towns in October 2010 and October 2011.
Newton's Nation partnered with Sony Music for the last of the festicals to be held on top of Mount Panorama. The festival was moved from November to May. We welcomed in Mountain bike trials, MTB dual slalom and slackline for the first time. Bands were a mis of up and coming Aussie Acts with Seth Sentry, The Getaway Plan and Hand of Mercy
Newton's Nation completely restructured and organisers decided to make the event free for spectators. We split the festvial into two components.The first was we ran the IDF world cup downhill at Mount Panorama and secured nearly 80,000 unique viewers from around the globe for the live stream.
We moved the other sports from Bathurst to the Honeysuckle Precinct in Newcastle with the King of Dirt, ASA scooter comp and Round 2 of the BoarderX series running over the weekend with 5000 visitors coming to watch.
Newton's Nation is back at Mt Panorama. Bathurst is hosting the first race of the 2017 IDF Downhill World Cup on 16th, 17th and 18th of February.