TWO big names will headline the Inland Sea of Sound Festival when it returns to Bathurst over two days in November.
Kate Miller-Heidke and The Black Sorrows with Vika and Linda Bull will be joined by a variety of local artists for the sixth year of the festival.
This year the event will move to Reid-Sulman Park, atop Mount Panorama, where music fans can take advantage of the picturesque views across Bathurst as they enjoy the performances.
Mayor Gary Rush said Bathurst Regional Council intends to grow Inland Sea of Sound into a “very significant music festival” on the city’s annual calendar and the new location lends itself to that goal, with it able to accommodate thousands of people.
More importantly, the festival is an opportunity to showcase and promote local artists to a wider audience.
“We are very rich and we are very blessed to have a range of such skilled and talent people, and why not show them off?” Cr Rush said.
“This festival allows the showcasing of the great talent that we have here in Bathurst.”
Among the local talent that will be on display is Smith and Jones.
The duo, made up of Abby Smith and Sophie Jones, has performed at the festival previously and the women are excited to take to the stage again.
Ms Jones said part of the excitement comes from the chance to share the stage with such well-known performers.
“We’re super excited for all the other artists who are playing,” she said.
“[The festival] is just such a great thing for the community and for culture.”
Inland Sea of Sound will be held on November 4 and 5.
Reid-Sulman Park will be configured with a main stage and a secondary stage, both outdoors, with the festival to shift indoors to the Police Compound come nightfall.
Special care has been taken to ensure the event is all ages and family friendly by offering workshops and activities for children.
The festival will also showcase local food and wine and feature artisan markets.
Tickets for the Inland Sea of Sound Festival are available to purchase now via www.inlandseaofsound.com.au/tickets.
“We’re really looking forward to many people turning up on November 4 and 5 and really developing this into a very significant music festival for the Central West of NSW,” Cr Rush said.