Un­plugged fest

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - ENTERTAINMENT - ANGELIQUE PAT­TER­SON

THE all-acous­tic Black Moun­tain Un­plugged Fes­ti­val will de­but this week­end in the beau­ti­ful and wild sur­round­ings off the Bloom­field Track.

The in­ti­mate non-profit event has been put on by mu­si­cians for mu­si­cians and mu­sic lovers, with two stages at the base of the mys­te­ri­ous and iconic Black Moun­tain from to­mor­row night un­til Sun­day.

Co-or­gan­iser Bryce Wearne of the Hill­billy Goats fame said they de­cided to put on an acous­tic fes­ti­val, with no elec­tric gui­tars or electrics basses al­lowed, for all ages to en­joy.

“There’s no acous­tic un­plugged fes­ti­vals in the Far North that are a reg­u­lar event and we de­cided to do an acous­tic un­plugged fes­ti­val for mu­sic lovers to sit back and watch,” he said.

“Be­cause of the style of mu­sic it should suit young kids right up to oldies.

“This fes­ti­val is de­signed around ev­ery age group to en­joy it, kids are able to run around and the Grey No­mads can set­tle in with their chair and a cup of tea.

“There will be a cou­ple of rock bands com­ing but bring­ing acous­tic gui­tars and play­ing un­plugged.”

Per­form­ers in­clude the Hill­billy Goats, Kim Hur­ley, the Road­trip­pers, Nigel Wearne, Black Im­age, Hot Wet Swing Set, Clarkey & the Allstars, Jeremiah, Leanne Ten­nant, Whiskey Boat, Lani & Max and the Se­cret Tuesdays.

The event is BYO and ev­ery­one is en­cour- aged to bring their eskies with food and drink and their camp­ing gear to stay the whole three nights.

There will also be food and mar­ket stalls, a jam­ming stage, quizzes and games, in­clud­ing the in­au­gu­ral Black Moun­tain Un­der­pants Race.

“It’s a fundraiser for lo­cal community groups, there’s go­ing to be P & C’s do­ing burg­ers, the firies do­ing piz­zas in a wood-fired oven and ba­si­cally the lo­cal community get­ting in­volved to raise money,” Goat Wearne said.

Tick­ets cost $45 presold and $55 at the gate, kids un­der 15 are free and for more in­for­ma­tion email black­moun­tain­un­plugged@gmail.com or go to www.face­book.com/Black­Moun­tain­Un­plugged.

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