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See you at Lakeside Festival – 30th October 2021 at John Wright Park Tuncurry NSW.


Originally featuring a floating line up of Sydney soul/blues/rock musicians including brothers Clayton and Lachlan Doley, Jonathon Pease, Stu Hunter and a selection of special guest vocalists wherever possible.

Mahalia Barnes has been around music her whole life. Throughout her childhood years she was exposed to everything from Ray Charles, Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett to Ike + Tina Turner, Aretha Franklin, Donny Hathaway and Stevie Wonder, all of which helped shape her into the powerhouse soul and blues vocalist that has jaws dropping every time she picks up a mic.

“I have grown up in a world full of music, all sorts of music, but for me it’s always been about Soul, Blues and Rock n Roll. I remember my Dad playing me heaps of Ray Charles, Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett, Ike + Tina and stuff like that as a kid.”

Mahalia began her musical career early in life having shared the stage with her dad Jimmy Barnes since she was in her teens. Of course it wasn’t long before she struck out on her own and formed her own band, The Soul Mates – originally featuring a floating line up of Sydney’s best soul/blues/rock musicians and a selection of special guest vocalists wherever possible.


Critically acclaimed Australian act, Hussy Hicks are a tour de force featuring Leesa Gentz’ powerhouse soul vocals and Julz Parker’s revered guitar skills. Prolific and accomplished musicians, Hussy Hicks have honed their sonic dexterity over the past 12 years with five studio albums, multiple industry awards and more than 1,000 live shows under their belts, from Australia’s biggest blues, roots and folk festivals to 15 plus international tours, which now sell out across Europe.

Known for their emotive lyricism, energetic live shows and fiery, frenetic instrumentation, it’s no surprise Hussy Hicks have staying power. From Gold Coast Artist of the Year and Album of the Year wins to Queensland Music Award and Golden Guitar nominations, their critical accolades extend even further, with guitarist Parker being touted by Australian legend, Phil Emmanuel as ‘Australia’s top female guitar player’ and voted fifth in Bluesfest’s Guitar Hero fan poll, among Santana and BB King.


It is said that something special happens when family members sing together. Central Coast trio Little Quirks are doing a lot to substantiate that theory. Sisters Abbey and Mia Toole joined their cousin Jaymi Toole in 2015 to form Little Quirks, a band in which they simply wanted to “write and play music that was fun to sing”. And listening to their lively brand of folk pop, it’s hard not to sing along with them.

Music was always a big part of life for the three girls who grew up not far from each other in regional NSW. They were literally surrounded by musical instruments from the start. Both parents and grandparents played in bands through the 70’s and 80’s, their uncle is the school music teacher, and a hit-laden record collection sat formatively on the shelf (everything from Led Zeppelin to Taylor Swift) so it’s not surprising at all that Abbey, Jaymi and Mia developed an early knack for writing a great hook.

From busking at farmers markets they quickly leap-frogged onto stages supporting the likes of Tim Rogers, All Our Exes Live in Texas, Alex the Astronaut, Jack River, Busby Marou and Xavier Rudd. Their live show is staggeringly energetic for a young folk band. It moves from epic too sweet in a heartbeat. The three work together in a lively fashion with drummer Mia pounding a relentless beat behind the rhythmic of strums and sways of Jaymi (mandolin/vocals) and Abbey (guitar/vocals). All three singing in blissful harmony. The recent addition of cousin (of course!) Alex on bass completes a potent lineup that will delight one and all at Lakeside Festival 2021.


From the seaside town of Newcastle, Australia these musically dazzling eclectics are super fun, high energy and passionately engaging. You got to see them live!

Their sound is a warm blend of distortion and floats through soul, rock and roll and 70’s pop. A structure is never sacred, and their shows are known for mind boggling improvisation and soloing.
One minute you are deep in a southern blues, then you are whipped to Spanish Harlem, maracas in toe. Then it’s back to the mid 60’s with a driving snare and hand clap combo, straight into a 70’s Rolling Stones feel, back to Southern California for CSN’esque harmonies and home again for a soulful Motown sing-along. Most bands could not pull it off, but these guys are the real deal, true musicians and artists that do what they do because they love it.


Seven women, a kaleidoscope of harmonies and one trumpet – chaotic, earthy, and real. Big Sky Mountain make no apologies for not having an obscure cool edge, they are what they are, and they love what they do.

All 7 women have many years of musical experience that traces their beginnings from all walks of the globe giving the band a rich cultural influence and interesting twist. With several layers of heavenly vocal harmonies, combined with a tight rhythm section, melodic guitar picking and a dash of trumpet, Big Sky Mountain are charming and free spirited but also show some sweet vulnerability. With a sound that is reminiscent of Norah Jones, Fiest and a hint of Wilco they take you on a journey from gypsy jazz to alt country with a bit of gospel and a sprinkling of pirate.


Laura’s compelling voice, infectious folk grooves and contagious energy will have you hooked as soon as she introduces herself at #LAKESIDE2021. Laura Zarb has lived a life on the road, taking her music from town to town. She has experienced life from the back of a van, used beachside showers to shave her legs, lived and performed in European mansions and at times hidden away like a hermit to re-group, re-inspire and discover love. So listen, as her songs tell the tales of life, love and the road.

Her vocal tones have been compared to greats such as Janis Joplin and Ella Fitzgerald. Her ability to switch from all out raunchy rock and blues numbers to sweet and dulcet tones keeps her audiences on their toes and wondering just what she will play next. Her lyrics are witty, smart, and written from the heart. To hear Laura perform one of her original songs is to be offered a glimpse into her head, heart and soul. She writes and sings with an honesty that is fearless in its delivery and passionate in its simultaneous strength and vulnerability.

Holidays, short breaks and weekends in the Great Lakes region of the Barrington Coast. Our local tourism centre can direct you to any accommodation in the area to suit your needs.

You can’t go wrong with a selection of cabins, glamping, caravan and camping sites. It’s only a 1.2km walk (15 min) to Create & Grow Market and the Lakeside Music Festival, and a 40 min walk to the Art Exhibition in Forster.

Tuncurry Motor Lodge is the perfect place to enjoy a luxurious stay at an affordable price during your festival stay. Close to Tuncurry’s Nine Mile Beach, Wallis Lake, Tuncurry Rock Pool, bowling club, cinema, restaurants, takeaway and all within walking distance.

Whether you’re staying for the night or the weekend, we have accommodation offers to suit everyone thanks to our sponsors. They may even throw in a couple of FREE Music Festival Tickets!

Discover our Accommodation

We’re talking face painting, sand pit, jumping castles, lawn games, chalk art, photo booths playgrounds and more! Your kids will be entertained for hours at the festival events.

Ready to have fun?

The best pop-up bar to grace the shores of the Wallis Lake! We’ve hand-picked a selection of our finest local food trucks, craft beer, wines and tasty treats of the Mid-North Coast.

What’s your flavour?

Munch your way through some of the yummiest of food trucks from the region. There’ll be plenty of delicious options to sink your teeth into at the Market & at the Music Festival.

View our Food Stalls

Start your morning at the Create & Grow Market and shop through a wide selection of our regions creative, artistic, locally self-produced/handmade, produced or home grown items.

Check out the Market

It’s official, the 8th annual Lakeside Festival will need to be postponed till 2021 for the safety of everyone and in the continued fight against COVID-19. As you can imagine, the Lakeside team are extremely disheartened, as we have been working on this year’s festival since January. We explored all other ways to keep the festival alive in 2020, but it was important for us to host an all-inclusive event, which just isn’t possible under the still current strict health restrictions.

It’s just not #LAKESIDEFESTIVALNSW with limited attendance, no dancing or getting up close and personal with the bands!

We will miss seeing your happy, smiling faces this November but look forward to seeing you next year – save the date 30th October 2021!

A big special THANK YOU to the local community, our volunteers and the awesome local businesses who help us to produce the festival and at the same time, showcase the wonderful area in which we live. Please continue to follow us on Facebook and Instagram @LakesidefestivalNSW for progress and special announcements.

Thank you all for joining us each year and for your patience and understanding. Stay safe everyone and we can’t wait to see you next year!

Much love from the Lakeside Crew.

Lakeside festival has successfully received $10,000 in funding for 2020-21. This funding will assist with the running of the festival and we know tourism is a major contributor to our local economy, and events like the Lakeside Festival are a draw card for interstate visitors to our area, so the NSW Government is proud to support these activities at such a critical time.

It is part of funding provided to 59 events to share in the NSW Government’s $1 million 2020 Regional Event Fund and is in addition to the $50,000 provided to the 2020 Wingham Akoostik Festival announced earlier this year. The Regional Event Fund is part of the NSW Government’s $10 million Tourism Recovery package 2020.

As restrictions are still in place most festivals have been postponed due to Covid. The funding will be carried over to 2021, giving us more time to plan and utilise the funding efficiently.

At this time, Lakeside festival in November 2020 has not been impeded. Being optimistic we have plans now in place with advice provided by NSW Health. The date for the 2020 Festival is Saturday November 7th. However, we recognise the COVID-19 situation is fluid, unpredictable and unprecedented.

If the event cannot be held in November 2020, we will reassess the opportunity of a future suitable date. We have looked at several other venue options to cater for any COVID-19 restrictions and crowd management. Changes may reflect in allowed numbers of attendees, event hours, food vendor regulations and any general hygiene / social distancing restrictions. We will work within whatever rules advised by Government Authorities. John Wright Park is available at multiple dates across the calendar year and artists have expressed flexibility to change to a future date if required.

Following the guidelines and regulations of NSW Health is our priority, being essential for the survival of our community, and of course for the better health of Australia and the world population. We do have the flexibility to move the event forward to a future date should that need arise.

SO PLEASE SAVE THE DATE 7/11/2020 + Follow us on Facebook for more updates.

It was a tense week for everyone in the areas of these bush fires around Darawank, Tuncurry, Minimbah and Crowdy Head. The fight is yet to be over as they are still battling for control while the weather spreads them further. These volunteers who are risking their lives to fight these horrific fires. Well done! We couldn’t be more grateful and we all wish to say thank you!

Support the men and women firefighters by donating to your local RFS at LAKESIDE FESTIVAL!

Support the RSFIt’s going to be one big heart felt community event celebrating everything you love about our region and more. Seriously, we can’t wait!

Cash donations can be made at the Lakeside Music Festival 2019 gates and at the Create & Grow Market this Saturday 2nd Nov or you can donate today at the link below.

Non-perishable food and water slabs are also appreciated in these tough times. Contact your local station to find out more ways to donate.

Stay safe! and we hope to see you at Lakeside!

Donate Here!