Norah Head 2016
Saturday 19th November
A collection of the country’s best folk artists, including some great local acts, are heading to one of the Coast’s most spectacular settings in November. For one night only …
Norah Head Lighthouse, at the northern end of the Central Coast, will play host to some of the music industry’s finest this summer, with the very first Lighthouse Folk Festival.
Part of the Wyong Lakes Festival, this one-of-a-kind event brings together great music, pop-up food stalls and boutique bar offerings, all with a million dollar view across the Tasman Sea.
Festival headliners, Paul Kelly and Charlie Owen, both legends of Australian music, are touring on the back of their recently released collaboration – Death’s Dateless Night.
Having discussed releasing an album together for years, catching up at a friend’s funeral finally provided the impetus for Kelly and Owen. And the subject matter. Tracks requested to celebrate a lost loved one have led to an eclectic song list, and those at the Lighthouse Folk Festival will be among the first to enjoy these live.
Death’s Dateless Night features The Beatles’ Let It Be, Leonard Cohen’s Bird on a Wire, and Cole Porter’s Don’t Fence Me In, just to name a few.
It’s hard to imagine a better spot to experience this song list, high up overlooking the pristine coastline, the iconic beacon shining its guiding light, long shadows forming as the sun sinks … It’s certainly set to be a unique experience.
Don’t mistake the mood for solemn though, this is a celebration of both the location and the music, and joining Kelly and Owen is a great line up of Australian talent.
Fellow Leonard Cohen fans, Melbourne-based Husky, will be bringing their hugely popular mix of sophisticated, American-esque, guitar-driven folk rock to the stage at the lighthouse reserve. Complementing them beautifully will be the thought-provoking melodies and strong vocals of fellow Melbourne muso Ainslie Wills.
Festival favourites (and Coast regulars) Elwood Myre wouldn’t miss it – currently wedged between their lauded debut album and their eagerly awaited second outing, it’s a great time to catch this creative duo.
The Coast’s impressive music muscles will be on show too, with nomadic duo Winterbourne bringing their fresh take on folk rock to the festival, and local folk ingénue Anabelle Kay sharing her exquisitely crafted and emotive tunes. Add local favourites The Sea Gypsies with their reggae influenced folk rock and you’ve got one impressive line up.
A great range of local food businesses will be setting up stalls including ever-popular food kombi The Hungry Traveller, taco kings Donnie Eats and, completely surpassing dessert expectations, Sugar High Creations. Six String Brewing Co. will also be there with their tasty range of beverages.
With limited ticketing the Lighthouse Folk Festival is set to be a special and intimate experience, with food for the soul and full bellies. And that view. That unbeatable view.
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