Your guide to the 2015 Karuah Bluegrass Music Festival

The picturesque setting along the Karuah River will be transformed into a mecca for lovers of Bluegrass music this weekend (May 1 – 3). With street busking, markets and performances from some of the country’s best Bluegrass artists this year’s Lost Highway Karuah Bluegrass Festival is shaping up to be the best yet and we’ve got all the info you’ll need.

The mission of the Lost Highway festival is to create a festival where musicians, residents and music lovers can gather to enjoy acoustic music, share ideas, learn new music skills and enjoy a weekend of performances in a beautiful setting. The 2014 festival built upon this manifesto with the inclusion of a “Pickers’ Paradise” late night intimate venue, where audiences get up close and personal with the bands and can join in with the late night jam sessions. During the day, audiences are treated to the main stage at Longworth Park plus a bamboo yurt stage for traditional “one microphone” performances (The Dolphin Stage). Punters also have the chance to indulge in local food, fresh oysters, crafts or a beverage or two at the bar, all contained within the festival grounds.

The Lost Highway festival is community run and endorsed by the Port Stephens Council, and has worked hard to keep a boutique local feel to the event with tickets at a very reasonable price. It is family friendly, relaxed and inclusive, with plenty of support and involvement from the Karuah community.

Pricing for the Bluegrass Music Festival

$65 for the weekend this covers the 2 day concert, Gospel Session on Sunday at Longworth Park, Workshops, Evening entertainment at the Pickers Paradise and The Karuah RSL Club. Day tickets are: Saturday $45 this covers Day concert at Longworth Park and Evening Entertainment at Karuah RSL Club and Pickers Paradise and workshops on Saturday. Day Ticket Sunday $30 this includes Gospel Session and concert at Longworth Park. For those wishing to go to either Pickers Paradise or Karuah RSL Club without tickets there will be a cover charge for each venue on the Saturday Night.

Festival Map


Festival timetable


WHAT: Karuah Bluegrass Music Festival
WHERE: Karuah
WHEN: May 1 – 3

Written by Newcastle Live

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