A brilliant annual event that’s been running for over 10 years, the 2023 Northern Beaches Music Festival is taking place on the shores of beautiful Narrabeen Lakes over two days in early November. Tickets are on sale now!

The Northern Beaches Music Festival is the one of the highlights on the local calendar.  Not-for-profit and community-based, it was founded by seven Northern Beaches’ music venues: The Shack, Fairlight Folk, Humph Hall, The Fig, SongsOnStage, The Acoustic Picnic and The Music Lounge together with Radio Northern Beaches.

It will take place once again at the Tramshed Community Arts Centre and Berry Reserve on beautiful Narrabeen Lakes.

‘As you walk freely from stage to stage, you can indulge your senses and enjoy family activities and the richness and diversity of music, food and dance from all over the world,” says one of the dedicated organisers, Paul Robertson.

Operating since 2011, the Northern Beaches Music Festival is renowned for its unusually wide range of musical genres including Folk, Blues, Celtic, Roots, Country, Gypsy, African, Middle Eastern, Bluegrass and more.

This year the Festival is presenting 50 acts on five stages over two days. Three of the stages are ticketed – see the web site for details: (northernbeachesmusicfestival.org).

“This year we are sponsored by Bucketty’s Brewery,” says Paul, “who are running a free access bar and stage in the courtyard of the Tramshed Community Arts Centre. In addition to this, Torraca Enterprises are sponsoring another free stage known as the Torraca Stage in Berry Reserve. This stage will be presenting music and dance all weekend.”

“Our dancers this year include Morris Dancers, Serbian Dancers and Scottish Dancers (accompanied by the the Manly-Warringah Pipe Band). We also have children’s entertainment and activities all set in our world food market beside the lake.”

The food on offer includes Serbian wraps, Thai noodles, Mexican Nachos, English Fish and Chips, Chinese Dumplings, Decadent Donuts, Dutch Pancakes, Italian Gelato and, of course, coffee.

“Our festival includes, involves and supports many multi-cultural community groups including local school students and disabled musicians and an indigenous ‘Welcome to Country’,” adds Paul.

There’s a fabulous line-up, with this year’s well-known artists including:

  • Cameron Daddo & the Paisley Prophets
  • Liza Ohlback & The Mercy Train
  • The Mezcaltones
  • Dead Mellow
  • Luke Escombe
  • Shane Flew
  • The Fallen Robins
  • Mic Conway & Robbie Long
  • Kevin Welch (US)
  • Jaga Band
  • Moussa Diakite

and that’s just to name a few!

The Mezcaltones

“There’s a host of entertainment and joy for all the family – so come along!” says Paul.

Northern Beaches Music Festival
When: Nov 4 and 5.
Time: Saturday 9am-11pm; Sunday 9am-10pm
Tickets: 2023 Northern Beaches Music Festival | Humanitix
Head to the festival’s website for more information and ticketing: northernbeachesmusicfestival.org
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