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RED HOT SUMMER: Barnsey returns for Roche Estate festival

Jimmy Barnes has recovered from open heart surgery and will hit the stage at Roche Estate in April as part of the Red Hot Summer Tour.

With a massive lineup, Hunter Valley wines, a stacked bar and plenty of festival-ready food, this year’s tour is shaping up to be one for the ages.

We’ve put together a handy guide of what you can expect when the Red Hot Summer festival rolls into Hunter in April. Check it our below.

THE LINEUP

Looking at this lineup the word that comes to mind is… Epic. Headlined by none other than Aussie rock icon, Jimmy Barnes and stacked with some serious heavy hitters. You’ve got The Living End, with their explosive punk rock energy, the Birds of Tokyo powerhouse with their massive anthems, multi-platinum selling sensation Pete Murray, the incomparable Kasey Chambers and Mahalia Barnes with her soulful, bluesy vibes. As we said… Epic.

ROCHE ESTATE

When the Red Hot Summer Tour rolls into the valley Roche Estate transforms into a party paradise. If you’ve never been there, think open-air vibes where you can soak up all the music under the open sky. Whether you’re lounging on the grass up the back type of operator or a down the front singing along to every word rock aficionado – every corner offers a primo view of the stage.

TICKETS

This event is all about that general admission vibe. You grab your spot on the sprawling lawns and get ready to rock. Tickets come in two flavours: your standard General Admission ticket and the swanky Rock Bar ticket. The latter comes with a cool $25.00 merchandise voucher.

ROCK BAR

The Rock Bar isn’t just your run-of-the-mill VIP section—it’s a clandestine enclave nestled a mere stone’s throw, about 90 meters, from the pulsating stage at Roche Estate. Tucked away on the venue’s bustling concourse, this covert spot offers unrivalled views of the action, complete with unclaimed tables and chairs for your lounging pleasure. Need to wet your whistle? Fear not, for a dedicated cash bar stands ready to cater to your every libation whim. And when hunger strikes, you can indulge in a sizzling BBQ dinner, exclusively curated for Rock Bar patrons and served up from 5:00 pm. With private toilets to boot, consider your night at Roche Estate elevated to epic proportions.

RED HOT SUMMER TOUR SET TIMES

Here’s the lowdown on the set times for the Red Hot Summer Tour at Roche Estate. As always, these times are subject to change depending on what’s happening on the ground on the day. But here’s what’s locked in at the moment.

GATES OPEN
1.00PM
OPENING ARTIST
1.30 – 2.00PM
MAHALIA BARNES
2.10 – 2.45PM
KASEY CHAMBERS
3.10 – 3.55PM
PETE MURRAY
4.20 – 5.05PM
BIRDS OF TOKYO
5.30 – 6.15PM
THE LIVING END
6.40 – 7.30PM
JIMMY BARNES
8.00 – 9.30PM

WHAT CAN YOU BRING

Here’s the lowdown… You can bring comfy camp chairs to sink into, hydration heroes in the form of sealed still bottled water (sorry, no fizzy stuff allowed), slick rain ponchos for those unpredictable Hunter skies, and non-professional cameras (so no fancy lenses or big video rigs).

GETTING THERE

As always, if you’re looking for hassle-free travel to the festival, we totally recommend hopping on a bus. Rover Coaches are offering up a stack of options from various locations around Newcastle, the Hunter and Lake Mac. Check out their website for booking details and timetables. If you must drive to the event, you should plan ahead and allow a solid 60 minutes for getting in and out of the venue!


RED HOT SUMMER TOUR
SATURDAY 6 APRIL 2024
ROCHE ESTATE, HUNTER VALLEY

JIMMY BARNES
THE LIVING END
BIRDS OF TOKYO
PETE MURRAY
KASEY CHAMBERS
MAHALIA BARNES