A Punter’s Perspective #33 — 2012 Northern Beaches Music Festival

Northern Beaches Music Festival at Berry Reserve, Narabeen
Northern Beaches Music Festival at Berry Reserve, Narabeen

A Punter’s Perspective

Random observations on the wide, weird world of folk from the side of the stage

#33 Northern Beaches Music Festival
First published in Trad and Now magazine, March 2012

It’s always a good sign when you get a good vibe from a festival merely by walking through the front gate.

And so it was on the opening night of the second Northern Beaches Music Festival in Narabeen on the northern beaches of Sydney in February.

My first impression was ‘compact’ — in a good way. Venues are situated so closely within the confines of the Berry Reserve at Narrabeen, all five performance spaces were easily within no more than 60 seconds apart.

Walk in the front past the free stage and you were immediately at the main marquee. A quick stroll further on and you were in the downstairs Berry venue, up one flight of stairs and it was the large Lakside venue, and the ‘Tramshed’ (home of The Shack folk club) was a pitching wedge away.

For all of that, sound spill did not seem to be a factor.

Still very much in its infancy, NBMF is the brain child of Paul Robertson, and his background in theatre, TV production and outside broadcasts is evident in some of the organisational nous that’s behind the festival. Continue reading