November 17, 2016
by Kaitlyn Estens
In an attempt to attract a broader audience, organisers of this year’s Crooked Mountain Concert debuted a new format, stage and production on Saturday, 5 November.
More than 800 people attended the annual event in the Warrumbungle National Park, where a strong contingent of local concert-goers were joined by visitors from across the region and interstate.
While some caught the bus or drove, many used the opportunity to set up camp under the stars within Australia’s first Dark Sky Park.
Warrumbungle Visitor Centre manager, May Fleming said there was a significant increase in “new” attendees.
“We’re trying to cater for a wider audience demographic, which is why we developed a fantastic new look for the concert,” Mrs Fleming said.
“We had a range of artists across different genres this year - local, regional and Sydney acts.”
While the weather was slightly cool, Mrs Fleming said most people stayed to the end and enjoyed the unique act that was “The Pigs”.
“As with each year, the future of the concert is unknown,” she said.
“Each year the event is reviewed and reconsidered by local National Parks and Wildlife Service and the Events Unit.
“The new Visitor Centre build and opening will be a focus for 2017 to look forward to in any case.”
As the sun set on Split Rock, the stage for the 2016 Crooked Mountain Concert was awash with colour. Photo - Matt Fehlberg.
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