Since tours and festivals in the Hunter Valley’s popular wine region were cancelled due to the pandemic in March 2020, the Australian music industry has suffered in silence.
But now, twelve months on, the region is abuzz following the news live tunes will once again course through the grapevines.
Bimbadgen Estate will be one of the first to kickstart the revival, hosting the inaugural Cellar Door Series on Saturday 20th March.
The series, from the creators of A Day on the Green, will be launched by talented singer-songwriter Ben Folds.
The show will open with a performance by acclaimed Australian musician and singer-songwriter Gordi.
Bimbadgen Estate General Manager Belinda Stapleton, who has worked in the valley’s wine industry on-and-off since the early 2000s, said the return of live music to the region was a promising sign.
“Bimbadgen is usually host to four or five concerts a year within the ‘A Day on the Green’ series,” she said.
“These concerts generally attract 10,000 people so not being able to have events and concerts for a year has been a huge blow for our business as well as the region.
“Bringing back concerts to the Hunter region provides a beacon of hope that regional tourism and the event industry are slowly getting back on track.
“It’s exciting for our promoters to be returning to the Hunter and it’s exciting for our customers to get to enjoy outdoor events in a COVIDSafe environment.”
The Cellar Door Series is a run of live events offering an up-close and personal acoustic experience at some of Australia’s top wineries.
Roundhouse Entertainment promoter Michael Newton said the event was set to be a welcome return for music-lovers of all ages.
“The Cellar Door Series will ease A Day On The Green fans back into live music safely without compromising on quality entertainment,” he said.
The event will also be a unique experience for festival goers with the series being a more limited capacity event.
“The Cellar Door Series show at Bimbadgen will give his [Ben]’s fans the chance to watch the genius at work, close-up, as he delivers a high-energy performance using the intimacy of just a piano,” Mr Newton said.
Other Hunter Valley live music events include Midnight Oil at Hope Estate on Saturday 13th March, the Hunter Valley Gin and Jazz Festival on Saturday 10th April, Red Hot Summer Tour on Saturday 23rd October and A Day on the Green at Bimbadgen Estate on Saturday 11th December.