The back-end of 2015 seems to have been blessed by the music gods, and we’re set to see a multitude of shows and festivals rock through our region. But, it’s Elsewhere: The Lock-Up at Maitland Gaol that has really arrested our attention. Here’s why we’re keen to get behind bars with Elsewhere this October…
1. The venue
Maitland Gaol is what you get when you take a local icon, mix in a dash of creepy, with a healthy dose of cool intrigue. There’s an abundance of chilling history behind these walls, being ‘home’ to some of Australia’s most notorious murderers such as Ivan Milat and Neddy Smith. Of course, its days as an operational jail came to an end in 1998, but its interior and eerie vibe have been well-preserved so visitors can get a real ‘feel’ to what life was like on the inside…
2. The award-winning lineup
If you’re looking for some of Australia’s most-wanted musicians, this line-up features all the right suspects – a multi-ARIA award winner (Josh Pyke), a multi-NIMA winner (Thelma Plum), and even a grammy winner (Wally De Backer of The Basics a.k.a. Gotye).
3. It’s seriously boutique
Lately, the term “boutique” seems to get bandied about like rainbow beads at a Mardi Gras parade, yet Elsewhere: The Lock-Up prides itself on being one of the few truly boutique events in the area. The organisers have chosen to keep things small-scale and exclusive with strictly 1,000 tickets for sale, as well as opting for a single stage to house all the action (which also means no dreaded line-up clashes!).
Elsewhere is serving up a fully boutique and locally-run bar, featuring the tasty craft beer offerings from Six String Brewing Co. and classic cocktails made from Distillery Botanica’s locally-produced spirits.
4. Support your local
The concept of boutique and local go hand in hand, and Elsewhere: The Lock-Up is all for local collaboration. Padding out the line-up are two local favourites, The Soorleys and De’May, thirsts will be quenched thanks to Central Coast-based Six String Brewing Co., and a number of local foodies, such as the drool-inducing Doughheads doughnuts, are jumping on board to feed the hungry masses in the aptly named ‘Mess Hall’ food area.
5. Get the festival ‘feel’ without actually having to go to a festival
The festival vibe is all about spending the day with a killer music offering, surrounded by the buzz of good times and good people – and Elsewhere pulls together all the pros of being at a festival, without actually being at a festival.
Elsewhere is all about the cruisey atmosphere and amazing music on stage, and steers well clear of the multi-staged, and often, over-crowded and over-priced, style of event that festivals have morphed into in recent years.
Are you keen to spend a night in the slammer and serve your sentence alongside some of Australia’s most-wanted musicians?
Tickets to the first Elsewhere sold out in just 5 hours, so be sure to detain your tickets HERE fast, before they’re all taken into custody…
And yes, we’ll stop with the prison puns now.