They say three times is the charm, and the Wingham Akoostik Music Festival organisers have finally hit on a way to bring music to the Manning Valley this year regardless of the COVID-19 pandemic and all the obstacles it brings.
After first being forced to cancel its annual October festival and then doing the same to its mini festival, Down the Street, the festival committee has come back with a digital iteration of the much loved event, thanks to Pluto Entertainment, MidCoast Council and Hinterland Design.
The first ever Akoostik Streamed festival will run from October 16-17 and boasts a line up of Bill Chambers, Hurricane Fall, Darren Jack (local), Grace and Hugh (local), Dogma, Salt and Steel, Ghost Road, Glen Mead, Jake Davey (local), The Workshop (local) and Grace llaghan (local).
As passionate music lovers and supporters of the industry it was important the committee still had a way to entertain audiences and support the Akoostik artists.
"We are so pleased we can still have many of our NSW artists travel to the Manning Valley to perform. It's very important this year, more than ever, as artists have suffered so many cancellations ," Festival director Donna Ballard said.
"I am excited we can still present something and hope people will start planning their 'Akoo at Home' parties.
"We already have a mate, John, who will be tuning in from overseas in Bahrain!" Donna said.
Audiences will be able to sit in the comfort of their own homes listening, dancing and singing to the festival while it's live streamed on Facebook and Youtube - all for free.
Each artist will play a 45 minute set, with a 15 minute changeover where audiences will be entertained by MCs Helen Knight and Paul Stanley, chatting with long term Akoostik supporters and sponsors.
Like Wingham Akoostik Festival and Pluto Entertainment on Facebook to keep updated for set times and to tune in on October 16-17.