This weekend, in the shadow of Mt Yengo, the pulse of blues, reggae and funk will ebb up the sacred mountainside and roll back, submerging the Wollombi Music Festival’s punters in an energy reserved for wild places.
The Wollombi Music Festival, now in its seventh year, will feature an eclectic mix of bands and activities designed to get the feet moving.
Since its first iteration, the festival has been part of the rising generation of boutique festivals.
And the Hunter is certainly not under-represented in that department. But founder Adrian Buckley said Wollombi differs from its main rivals in that it’s not overly niche.
Heading up the bill will be blues-soul organist Lachy Doley, cranking blues rockers the Fumes and ‘Mariachi Metal’ band Kallidad. The rest of the line-up ranges from blues and roots to soul and ska.
“We’ve really found over the years our punters like to groove,” Mr Buckley said.
“They like to shake their thang.”
And while Wollombi proudly draws in the “Earth Children”, Mr Buckley said, it’s not a hippy festival. It’s diverse, it’s spiritual, it’s peace and love, but it’s fun.
“We’re upbeat, dancey, we’re not [Electronic Dance Music] but we’re high energy,” he said.
Wollombi is an intimate camping festival, only 500 tickets are available, but it opens with a launch party at the town’s iconic tavern on Friday and wraps up with a “chill-out” at the same place on Sunday.
One major change this year is the addition of a silent disco from 11pm.
“Across the board we’ve realised is that, by 11[pm], people are over bands,” Mr Buckley said.
“So bands will wrap up by then and people can chill out at the disco, have some beers.”
We’ve really found over the years our punters like to groove. They like to shake their thang.
The festival began when Mr Buckley moved to the secluded township from Byron Bay.
“I was at the Wollombi Tavern having a beer with [co-founder] Natalie O’Donahue and we were talking about how Wollombi would be a great place for a music festival,” he said.
Tickets to Wollombi Music Festival are on sale now from facebook.com/WollombiMusicFestival