The soon-to-be-revived Narara Music Festival has traded up venues for its triumphant return to the Aussie festival circuit.
The iconic event, which last shook the NSW Central Coast shrubbery back in 1984, was originally slated to return to a new home – Ourimbah’s Forest Of Tranquility – on May 6th, 2017, but has now been shifted down the road to Mount Penang Parklands AKA the home of Mountain Sounds.
“Due to the huge response we’ve had to the announcement of Narara Music Festival 2017 we’ve decided to move the festival to a bigger venue in the Mt Penang Gardens & Event Park which will also enable us to offer CAMPING on the Saturday night,” organisers wrote on Facebook.
“We’re stoked to be locating there alongside some other great coastie festivals in Mountain Sounds Festival & Girrakool Blues Festival & BBQ. Bring on May 6.”
Promoter Adrian Buckley also told Music Feeds that the venue switch was needed following some concerns from residents near the Forest Of Tranquility (presumably they thought a music festival would ruin their tranquility?)
But judging by the massive amount of interest in the event so far, the bigger venue is definitely going to be needed.
The original Narara Fest saw as many as 45,000 punters make their way to the leafy NSW suburb of Somersby (confusingly, not Narara) to see a massive lineup of Australia’s best rock acts, including INXS, Men At Work, Cold Chisel, The Angels, Choirboys and more.
And the 2017 event will follow in the footsteps of its predecessor by 1) also not taking place at Narara, and 2) with a bill featuring “Rock, Blues, & Psychedelia in an incredible setting”.
“There will be no folk, no alt-country, no electronica…just Rock & Blues,” explained Buckley, adding that punters can “leave your yoga mat at home”.
“We want to capture the essence of the old school festival where music & the love of music created an energy all of its own, so though we’ll create an amazing space in an amazing place it will be a stripped back & raw festival experience,” he said. “Head bands are encouraged!”
Watch: The Angels – Take A Long Line Live At Narara Music Festival 1983