Lakeside LSF Sunday Sessions promises laid-back spring vibe

Published on 10 September 2019

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Folk, blues and soul duo Jack The Fox will headline a free day of laid-back music and easy-going entertainment as part of Living Smart Festival’s inaugural LSF Sunday Sessions.

The Sunday 29 September event at Speers Point Park will feature two music stages running 11am-4pm, as well as an over-18s bar featuring craft beer and boutique wine and spirits.

 “Living Smart Festival marks its 10th anniversary this year, and what better way to celebrate than a chilled-out afternoon of music by the lake,” Lake Macquarie City Council Manager Arts, Culture and Events Jacqui Hemsley said.

Melbourne-based Jack The Fox earlier this year completed a tour of Australia’s East Coast, performing its eclectic brand of folk, blues, soul and funk to packed audiences.

Singer Angus Robb, who also plays didgeridoo and harmonica, said he and mate  Justin Lewis (guitar and lap slide) thrived on performing live.

“Being able to connect to a crowd, or even one person, is fuel for the soul,” Robb said.

“A typical set will start off with some whale-sounding guitar, didgeridoo and chilled vocals, moving through to some slide guitar and blues later on.

“We love changing it up and really getting a range of styles and genres into our music.”

Local muso Mark Wells – a one-man band who sings, plays guitar and drums at the same time – is among the other acts set to play on the LSF Sunday Sessions main stage.

So too will local singer and founding member of children’s entertainment group Hi-5, Tim Harding.

Since leaving Hi-5, Harding has turned his talents to singing for an older audience, playing solo gigs across Australia and fronting funk-soul band Soultraders.

Ms Hemsley said a range of food and drink vendors would operate at the event, together with an over-18s bar serving gin from the award-winning local Farmer’s Wife Distillery, beer from Pioneer Brewing Co and wine from Dirt Candy Wine and Grandis Wines.

“Families are free to bring a picnic to the event and simply lay back and listen to the day’s music,” Ms Hemsley said.

“However, as LSF Sunday Sessions will operate as a licensed event area, BYO alcohol is not allowed.”

LSF Sunday Sessions is presented by Hunter Resource Recovery – Council’s major event partner for Living Smart Festival.

Go to livingsmartfestival.com.au for more information.