Concert season officially starts in the Hunter Valley this weekend with a bumper calendar of events over the warmer months.
Opera in the Vineyards will kick things off at Chateau Elan on Saturday night, with opera stars Cheryl Barker and Teddy Tahu Rhodes to perform famous arias and duets under the stars.
One of the major events of the season will take place next weekend, when one of Australia’s biggest rock bands of all time – Midnight Oil, perform at Hope Estate.
The legendary band will bring their The Great Circle world tour to the Hunter Valley, with Birds of Tokyo and Ash Grunwald in support.
The tour will be Midnight Oil’s only shows in the past 15 years apart from two stadium benefit concerts.
Into November, the clock will turn back for 80’s Fest at Hope Estate on the 4th where international artists Paul Young, Go West, The Cutting Crew, Wang Chung and Taylor Dayne will be joined by Australia’s John Paul Young and the Allstars, Pseudo Echo and The Chantoozies.
Stevie Nicks will return to the Valley on November 11 after two years, but this time without Fleetwood Mac and instead with Pretenders and Ali Barter for the 24 Karat Gold show at Bimbadgen.
Lifehouse, The Calling and Thirsty Merc will perform at Roche Estate’s first concert of the season on November 18 before Xavier Rudd and The Cat Empire take the stage at Hope Estate on the 25th.
Yusuf/Cat Stevens will perform at Roche Estate on December 2 before the 2017 season wraps up with KC and the Sunshine Band, Village People, Sister Sledge & Marcia Hines at Bimbadgen on December 16.