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Welcome to the 2020 festival

Paul RobertsonHello festival friends,

It is with great pleasure that I announce the 10th year of the Northern Beaches Music Festival (NBMF)!

This year we are returning to the Tramshed Community Arts Centre and Berry Reserve with four stages on the beautiful Narrabeen Lakes. We also plan to include the Baptist Church on Wakehurst Parkway and several restaurants in Narrabeen as well as two stages at the Narrabeen RSL as a satellite venue.

Our festival is a not-for-profit event produced by the Northern Beaches Music Alliance composed of: 

  • The Shack
  • Humph Hall The Fig Manly 
  • Fairlight Folk
  • The Music Lounge
  • Songs on Stage
  • Acoustic Picnic

With a definite focus on the Northern Beaches, our common goals are to:

  • To produce and present musicians and other performing artists including up and coming young artists.
  • To provide, maintain and help create venues at which artists can be presented.
  • To invite, involve and include our diverse community including the disabled and indigenous, especially with regard to music, performing arts, food, dance, costume and culture.

We pride ourselves on being a World Music Festival, presenting a “broad brush stroke of musical genres “ involving local, national and international artists.  This year we will again present local high school orchestras, ensembles and choirs.

I’m also pleased to announce our fund raising campaign is going well and that our application for a grant from Northern Beaches Council has once again been successful.  Speaking of funding, the Shack is holding its annual fundraising concert on 1st February with four great acts:

  • Traditional Graffiti
  • New York Public Library
  • Bad Kitty & the Alley Cats
  • Northshore Grass.

It should be a great night, so please come along and lend your support. Other fundraising activities begin in earnest in February when tickets for our festival go on sale.

Applications to perform and participate in our festival are still open until January’s end. So get to it!  We have already received many fine applications from great local, national and international artists, and look forward to another great and diverse line-up which will please even the most critical of tastes.

We also want to hear from all potential volunteers to help us with the presentation and production of our festival. We need people to

  • work on the gate
  • help with administration
  • help on stage (including compering)
  • help with waste management
  • help with musical instrument storage and retrieval as well as a whole range of other more skilled activities!  

A “four hour shift “ gets you a day’s free entry!  Two “four hour shifts” gets you a free weekend pass.  If you’ve got the skills and would like to be involved please contact us!!!  More details will soon be available in our web site, Stay tuned!!!

As you know, last year our confrontation with the NSW government’s new “liquor licence laws with regard to music festivals“ almost wiped us out and indeed did wipe out many small community festivals - we ONLY JUST survived!!  If it wasn’t for all the media attention and the subsequent support from the local member for Manly, James Griffiths, the Superintendent of Northern Beaches Police, Dave Darcy, and the Northern Beaches Liquor Accord and Narrabeen RSL, we would not have been able to stage our 2019 festival at all! I’m pleased to say the Australian Festival Association (AFA) representing the music festival industry has managed to have the law changed.
NBMF is a member of the AFA and I was invited to attend ‘round table’ meetings at NSW parliament, where it became clear that the government had not consulted with either the Music festival industry or the medical fraternity in the drafting of and the hurried introduction of these new liquor licence laws. The intent to curb deaths at festivals due to overuse of party drugs was good. The method was not, as was clearly demonstrated by the many negative, unanticipated and unforeseen outcomes! A month after these meetings I attended the House and was there when, after a lengthy debate, the laws were overturned – democracy at work! Hoorah for democracy and free speech!  New laws are currently being developed and we all hope they are not hurriedly introduced and are more consultative, rational, reasonable and appropriate than the last!  For more information please consult the AFA website.

Well, I think that’s just about it from me for the moment other than to say:

“Come to the Northern Beaches Music Festival for a three day, multistage, multi talented, wonderfully welcoming and enjoyable music event, featuring fine artists, as well as international foods, dance, costume and culture.  All set amongst the beautiful surroundings of Narrabeen Lakes!  You can’t go wrong!!”

Paul Robertson (Executive Producer)