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It’s hard to imag­ine a more spec­tac­u­lar lo­ca­tion for an out­door con­cert than the War­rumbungle Na­tional Park. Rev­ered for its strik­ing vol­canic moun­tains and its daz­zling night sky, this is a very spe­cial des­ti­na­tion in­deed. And the con­cert, thrown by the NSW Na­tional Parks and Wildlife Ser­vice, is a favourite an­nual event for lo­cals and trav­ellers alike.

The stage for the con­cert is set in the thick of the War­rum­bun­gles’ crum­bling and uniquely shaped peaks at a sprawl­ing grassy pic­nic area within the na­tional park. Pun­ters bring their own pic­nics, drinks and chairs and set them­selves up for an evening of Aus­tralian mu­sic un­der the stars.

As the sun sets be­hind the im­pos­ing moun­tain that frames the stage, the crowd pops the cham­pagne and lays out the cheese plate while kids free range glee­fully or find amuse­ment in the car­ni­val-themed en­ter­tain­ment area. The night’s first stars are il­lu­mi­nated and the balmy spring air is heady with laugh­ter and good vibes.

Af­ter a line-up of ex­cel­lent lo­cal mu­sic, the 2016 con­cert cul­mi­nated in the hi­lar­ity of The Pigs, whose hill­billy reimag­in­ing of pop­u­lar songs had the crowd off their pic­nic blan­kets and let­ting loose in what can only be de­scribed as a proper hoe-down.

Shoes were kicked off, beers were spilt in the pur­suit of new moves and the grassy dance floor was com­pressed by sev­eral hun­dred ram­bunc­tious, stomp­ing feet.

If this ain’t livin’, noth­ing is.

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