Hello strangers and friends!
It's no news to you guys that I love Dungog, I've been banging on about it for a while now. Well last weekend over 10,000 fellow festival goers converged on Dungog for the Gentlemen of the Road Festival, brought to town by the great folk from Mumford and Sons. Thank you Mumford for putting this gorgeous little town on the map!
It was so good to see Dungog humming with people and the cash registers ringing. The crowd was diverse, happy and just a little crazy, exactly the way it should be! Perhaps it was the intense 35+ degree heat over the weekend! I even heard a rumour that the Bottle Shop ran out of grog on Friday night.
Despite the heat, the festival was fantastic and the crowd even better. Families, townsfolk, teenagers and thirtysomethings (me) all came together for one night of musical awesomeness, rocking out to Mumford and Sons, and an unforgettable set from Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zero's, the haunting songs of Sarah Blasko and the face contorting bellows of Matt Corby (see photo below) along with Husky and Willie Mason.
The very talented (and award winning) Newcastle photographer, Simone De Peak shot this photo series at the festival on Saturday. She's kindly let me share them all with you.
The wide shot of Mumford and Sons, the crowd and those amazing lights takes your breath away. That photo sums up the atmosphere and vibe of the whole weekend. Illuminating.
Wish you were all there!