Summerfest is a unique music event, planned and run by local young people

The popular outdoor live music event Summerfest is the culmination of the Live n Loud events throughout the year, and is returning to Harry Bennett Park in Taree on Saturday, December 2.

Now in its sixth year, Summerfest is a unique music event, planned and run by local young people.

From the organisation and marketing to the production and performances, everything is the responsibility of the Manning Youth Action Team (MYAT).

In a first for Summerfest, Sydney based band Bad Pony will be headlining the event with local artist Kyle Shilling providing the main support.

Local Live n Loud bands SOAR, EZ3, Nana Klumpp and Sox and Robbers will round out the lineup.

The event gives a variety of artists who have performed at Live n Loud the opportunity to play on a larger outdoor stage in front of a wider community audience.

The organisers are supported by MidCoast Council’s youth engagement officer, Russell Ingram. 

“It’s a fantastic opportunity for young people to develop their skills and stage presence, and to build their profiles,” Russell said.

“It also provides great exposure to the project management side of things, as they gain experience that will stand them in good stead into the future.

“We’re hoping the broader community will come along and show their support for these talented young people, and enjoy what’s sure to be a fantastic night of entertainment.”

Summerfest is a drug and alcohol free event for all ages and is fully supervised. Funding support for Summerfest is provided by Indent NSW.

Gates open at 4.30pm and the event will run through to 9pm with a barbecue and soft drinks available on the night.

Tickets are available online for $10 with links and more information available on the Manning Youth Facebook page at

Attendees will be encouraged to park on River Street near Fotheringham Park and walk the 300m to the event.

Disability access will be via the walkway along the river with the main access via the entrance gate on River Street.