Get set for Summerfest

Published on 13 November 2017

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The popular outdoor live music event, Summerfest, will return to Harry Bennett Park in Taree on Saturday 2 December 2017, which is the culmination of the Live n Loud events throughout the year.

Now in its sixth year, Summerfest is a unique music event, planned and run by local young people. From the organisation and marketing to the production and performances, everything is the responsibility of the Manning Youth Action Team (MYAT), who are supported by MidCoast Council’s Youth Engagement Officer, Russell Ingram. 

In a first for Summerfest, Sydney based band Bad Pony will be headlining the event with local artist Kyle Shilling providing the main support. Four local Live n Loud bands will round out the lineup (SOAR, EZ3, Nana Klumpp and Sox & Robbers).

The event gives a variety of artists who have performed at Live n Loud the opportunity to play on a larger outdoor stage in front of a wider community audience. “It’s a fantastic opportunity for young people to develop their skills and stage presence, and to build their profiles. It also provides great exposure to the project management side of things, as they gain experience that will stand them in good stead into the future”, says Russell.

“We’re hoping the broader community will come along and show their support for these talented young people, and enjoy what’s sure to be a fantastic night of entertainment”, added Russell.

Summerfest is a drug and alcohol free event for all ages and is fully supervised. Funding support for Summerfest is provided by Indent NSW.

Gates open at 4.30pm and the event runs through to 9pm with a BBQ and soft drinks available on the night.

Tickets are available online for $10 with links and more information available on the Manning Youth Facebook page at

Attendees will be encouraged to park on River Street near Fotheringham Park and walk the 300m to the event. Disability access will be via the walkway along the river with the main access via the entrance gate on River Street.