CROOKED MOUNTAIN CONCERT
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.