BEEP! VROOM! CLICK, CLICK. BUZZ. CLOMP, CLOMP, CLOMP. TACK, TACK. DING, DING! "Ugh!" One big repetitive "Ugh!" Ditch the cacophony of everyday life, if only momentarily. And replace the rotten racket with a dose of youthening euphony. Come on down, take a load off, thanks to Banyule City Council. With this mini-getaway for the whole family, in the halcyon haven of Warringal Parklands.
c/o Banyule City Council
Jordie Lane, Dougal and the Sunken Sea, Stetson Family, Jemma and the Clifton Hillbillies, ready to share their treasure troves. Delightful country, folk & rock. Busy locals serenading busy locals, in these charming, untouched surrounds. Sit, lie, sprawl, as the crooning crew grace the airwaves. Extensive consultation, intense deliberation; Banyule Council, ensuring nothing but surefire performers. Introducing you to:
Jordie Lane - acclaimed singer/guitarist/songwriter, and self-proclaimed tour-junkie, he's been described as "one of the country's contemporary legends" (Sydney Morning Herald). Wistful lyrics counterbalanced with mirthful melodies, a folk musician who thoroughly captures the human condition.
Dougal and the Sunken Sea - impassioned up-and-comer, Dougal James and Co. officially hit the spotlight at Twilight. Busily recording an EP alongside ARIA-endorsed Monique Brumby, looking forward to presenting their debut single on the night.
The Stetson Family - established five piece band, their sound's been described as "...what happens when veteran musicians and vocalists are confident of their strengths..." (Prescription Bluegrass, Arizona). Not only combining bluegrass with folk Americana, but forging a unique brand in the process.
Jemma and the Clifton Hillbillies - eight piece band, these vibrant musos personify the blitheness of alternative country. Jemma Rowland's voice described as one that "knocks me to the floor every time I hear it!" (Henry Wagons), backed by accomplished companions, her inclusion's music to the ears.
c/o Jemma and the Clifton Hillbillies, plus The Stetson Family
Banyule Council have taken it even further. For instance, upon recognizing a growing need, flying in dancing expert Anna Go Go. Instructing in between sets, to alleviate those stubbornly stiff legs. There's also an arts tent for kids to exercise/exorcise their inner Picasso. Not to mention, 'Nude Food Competition' - given the environmental emphasis, a prize pack for the most waste-free picnic (see * below).
But let's be honest - cooking, slicing, dicing etc etc can be a hassle (I admit). So if you're as terrible as me, there's food trucks on hand: pasta, pizza, BBQ rolls, Vietnamese street food, Spanish donuts, classic sweets, ice cream (with gluten free, halal & vegetarian options). Also present, local microbrewery Kooinda with craft beers. Plus, wine and coffee from other local suppliers. So with daylight savings ending, come savour this beaut' lineup by the rustic Warringal Parklands sunset.
c/o Banyule City Council
(* To enter Nude Food competition, take a photo of your picnic, load it to your Facebook, Instagram or Twitter account, and add #NudeFoodPicnic hashtag - to be on your way to winning a prize pack from Nude Food Movers).