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Mountain Sounds Festival

Mountain Sounds Festival

The mountains will come alive with the sounds of Australian music, art and culture when the country’s newest boutique and sustainable event, the Mountain Sounds Festival, hits the Central Coast on March 15th, 2014.

Situated in the Mount Penang Gardens, Kariong, NSW, about halfway between Sydney and Newcastle, the Festival will offer up a uniquely eclectic mix of art, culture and food amongst spectacular surrounds and an abundance of natural beauty. Festival organisers have announced an incredible and diverse lineup, along with a too-good-to-be-true ticket price of $79 that will make this day in the gardens accessible for everyone.

On the music side of the mountain, the lineup elegantly strides the worlds of indie rock, dance and everything in between. Darlings of triple j and heroes of Brisbane, Ball Park Music will bring their infectious indie grooves to the gardens. Having just finished recording their third record, punters can expect a taste of the new and the flavours of old as the band keeps you dancing. Fellow Brisbanite – and ARIA Award Nominee – Emma Louise, will also be a part of the massive day, bringing tracks from her debut album Vs Head Vs Heart after blowing the crowd away at Falls Festival this New Years.

Snakadaktal will continue the celebration of their recently released album Sleep in the Water at the festival, while Sydney’s The Holidays will be giving us a taste of the long awaited follow up to their 2010 LP Post Paradise, due for release this year. Also hailing from Sydney, Sticky Fingers will bring their melodic, mega-hectic, mash of psychedelic, pop and roots to the Mountain Sounds stage, and Jinja Safari will ensure their “dreamy, melodic folk pop” will have everyone dancing.

Speaking of dancing, the electronic dance component to the festival is one of the most impressive the region has ever seen, with superstar Beni, Wordlife (Live), Yacht Club DJs, Canyons (DJ Set), legends of the scene Midnight Juggernauts (DJ Set), Yolanda Be Cool, Cosmo’s Midnight and recent Future Classic signing L D R U all taking to the stage to make sure that packing those “dancing shoes” will be a requirement of entry at the event.

Everyone involved in the event, from the three organisers, to the market stalls, suppliers, sponsors, partners and contractors are all locally or regionally based, with Co-founder and Director Adam Masters saying, “There’s too much good Australian product to ignore, on both local and national levels.” In addition, there is an emphasis on ensuring all event operations are driven by sustainable initiatives and procedures to reduce the event’s carbon footprint, keeping the site beautiful long after the festival finishes.

But as excited as they are about the incredible lineup Masters says this is a festival that’s not just about the music, “This isn’t about multi-million dollar headliners in a big concrete dome like some other festivals. We want everyone to take away an incredible experience when they come to the gardens in March and we want them to be engaged from start to finish – from a big live arts space, with artists from Melbourne and Sydney doing a big mural, to artworks throughout the site, cultural dancing from a local Indigenous group… we want people to leave this event saying “What a Day!”

“And at an extremely reasonable price for a great lineup – and what we hope to be an incredible day – we want to give everyone the chance to come along, while we have sustainable measures in place to ensure we keep these beautiful public gardens stay just that…”.

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