Music festivals & events, Central Coast, NSW - February & March 2019

February 8, 2019 / By Nicole West

Music is in the air on the beautiful Central Coast throughout February and March this year. With events ranging from fun-loving festivals to concerts by popular bands, you have the perfect excuse to take a mini break and pop your dancing shoes on. Here’s a look at where the action’s happening. 

The Whitlams

Since 1993, this great band has released seven albums, achieved three ARIA Awards and gained the 17th spot in Triple J’s ‘Hottest Australian Albums of All Time’. Wow!  So why not belt out There’s No Aphrodisiac on a night with The Whitlams in Wyong this February as part of their 2019 national tour. Featuring the four-piece band with Tim Freedman on piano and vocals, Warwick Hornby on bass, Jak Housden on guitar and Terepai Richmond working the drums. 

When: 7 February, 8:00 pm 
Where: The Art House, 19-21 Margaret Street, Wyong 
Cost: Tickets on sale now for $58.50 

Love Lanes Festival (above)

Love is coming to the Wyong CBD, in the lead up to Valentine’s Day. Launched in 2017, Love Lanes Festival brings music, delicious food, culture, innovative art and market stalls to the city’s historic streets. It’s a family fun day with something for everyone, reflecting Wyong’s highlights and local talents. Get ready for live music across multiple stages, roving entertainment, circus performances and homegrown produce turned into tantalising creations by local chefs.

When: 9 February, 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm 
Where: Wyong CBD 
Cost: Free entry 

UB40

Can you believe that UB40 first performed live 40 years ago? That’s something to celebrate and you can, at Gosford’s Entertainment Grounds. You’ll hear the smooth vocals of Ali Campbell, along with original band member, Astro, accompanied by an eight-piece band. The Birmingham-based band are one of the world’s most popular, with reggae-pop tunes that stand the test of time, so get ready for your fix of Red Red Wine. 

When: 9 February, 8:45 pm 
Where: The Entertainment Grounds, Racecourse Road, Gosford 
Cost: General admission tickets on sale now for $96.65 

Mountain Sounds Festival (above)

With Angus & Julia Stone and Courtney Barnett heading the music lineup, Mountain Sounds Festival is set to rock, in the lush environment of the Mount Penang Gardens. The boutique festival is an 18+, sustainable event dedicated to music, art and culture. Onsite camping and glamping options ensure you won’t miss out on anything, including art installations, drumming circles and gourmet treats, with a huge variety of gluten-free, vegan and vegetarian options. 

When: 15 & 16 February, 12:00 pm - Midnight 
Where: Kangoo Road, Kariong 
Cost: One day ticket from $137.93, two days from $229.91 

Girrakool Blues Festival and Barbecue

What could be better than toe-tapping blues and barbecues? The 4th Girrakool Blues Festival and Barbecue brings Vika & Linda Bull, Three Kings, Darren Jack Band and many more, in a stellar lineup to go with your snags. The family-friendly event offers free camping, with a barbecue competition, market stalls, cultural programs and loads of activities especially for the kids. 

When: 1 - 3 March
Where: Mount Penang Event Park, 16 The Avenue, Kariong 
Cost: Season tickets from $175, one day ticket from $60, children under 5 free

Bjorn Again (above)

Thank ABBA for the Music Tour Are you an ABBA fan? You’re in luck, as Bjorn Again are hitting the stage in Wyong, with their ‘Thank ABBA for the Music Tour’. The production has been running for over 29 years and features all the hits you can’t wait to sing along to, such as Waterloo, Money Money Money and Dancing Queen. 

When: 8 March, 8:00 pm
Where: The Art House, 19-21 Margaret Street, Wyong 
Cost: Tickets on sale now from $60 - $65 

Opera in the Arboretum

As a treat, book a hotel or apartment near Pearl Beach for the weekend to soak up the sounds of Opera in the Arboretum. The open-air festival features top Aussie opera singers, in the gorgeous surrounds of the Pearl Beach Crommelin Native Arboretum. This year’s lineup includes Milijana Nikolic, Antoinette Halloran, Christopher Tonkin and the Central Coast Chamber Orchestra.

When: 16 March, 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm 
Where: Opal Close, Pearl Beach 
Cost: Tickets on sale now from $70, with concessions available 

The Sounds of the Supremes

Relive some old school tunes with The Sounds of the Supremes, bringing back everyone’s favourite Motown songs. Headlining the show is Karen Ragland, along with Kathy Merrick and Althea Burkhalter. There’ll be glitz, glamour and crowd-pleasing numbers, such as Baby Love and Stop in The Name of Love. 

When: 28 March, 8:00 pm
Where: The Art House, 19-21 Margaret Street, Wyong  
Cost: Tickets on sale now from $35 - $59

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