Music in the Mountains

By Emily Kennedy

Mention the Blue Mountains to a travel agent and they’ll tell you about the eucalyptus trees, the magnificent mountain views and the bushwalk trails. But if you ask a blue mountaineer, they’ll tell you to see all that and rock out!

The Blue Mountains host a range of concerts and music festivals throughout the year, and it’s no wonder — with some of the best natural acoustics in the world, the Blue Mountains are an impressive venue. Here, Jasons sources the best ways to experience the Blue Mountains through music.

Cathedral Chamber, Image courtesy of Jenolan Caves

Jenolan Caves Concerts Series (year-round) - On every fourth Saturday of the month at 4pm, enjoy traditional Gypsy (Roma) music in a World-Heritage venue: The Lucas Cave's Cathedral Chamber. The caves provide natural acoustics and temperature control (warm in winter, cool in summer) with complimentary wine and cheese after each show. These concerts in the caves are a must-see and hear! Adults AUD$60, children AUD$35. For concert bookings phone +61 2 6359 3911 or visit www.georgcello.com/gypsy.htm.


The Backsliders at the Blue Mountain Music Festival, image courtesy of Blue Mountain Music Festival

Blue Mountains Music Festival (18 – 20 March 2011) – What better place to experience blues music than in the Blue Mountains? The Blue Mountains Music Festival features folk, roots and blues music every March in Katoomba. The festival grounds are just a short walk from the town’s shops, cafes and restaurants, and offer market stalls, workshops, food and drink in a unique musical atmosphere. Visit www.bmff.org.au for details.

Ironfest (April) – Offering a different kind of heavy metal, Ironfest features art exhibitions, blacksmithing demonstrations, workshops, automotive displays and lots more. With four stages, as well as roving performers, check out the eclectic mix of music at this cool arts festival with a metal edge. Held in April at Lithgow. For tickets visit www.ironfest.net.

Winter Magic Festival and Yulefest (18 June 2011) – Parade, fireworks, art, music! The Winter Magic Festival and Yulefest has it all! Over seven stages feature everything from busking to drumming, to roots and acoustic folk music. You’ll be sure to find a performance for you and the family during the Winter Magic Festival and Yulefest going on in Katoomba in June. Visit www.wintermagic.com.au for festival details. 

Leura Garden Festival (1-9 October 2011) - In a blaze of springtime flowering, the Leura Garden Festival welcomes visitor’s from all over the world. Between the magnificent displays of azaleas, rhodo-dendrons, dogwoods and camellias you’ll find their Music in the Gardens series featuring a number of local musicians playing jazz, string, flute, choir and Latin music. Visit www.leuragardensfestival.com for ticket prices and more information.

Carols by Candlelight (December) - Experience the acoustics of the Grand Arch through Carols by Candlelight — a truly magical event! See http://www.visitbluemountains.com.au for more information.

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