2 August 2023

Lap up cool lakeside tunes when Barnesy heads to Snowys for summer gig

| James Day
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Jimmy Barnes performing with his band and alongside his wife, Jane, at a Music in Paradise event in the Maldives. Photo: Music in Paradise.

Even if your music festival days have long since passed, it’s hard to get rid of that desire for some live-show action.

But seeing the unrecognisable line-ups and hordes of people pile into tightly packed gigs tends to muddy those sun-soaked memories of one’s youth.

Fortunately, a string of gigs coming up in the new year, Stranded in the Snowys in Summer, is dedicated to those who want a more intimate and comfortable live-music experience.

From 12-16 February, Lake Crackenback Resort will host Richard Clapton, Jimmy Barnes and his daughter Mahalia, along with her band The Soul Mates. Over three days, these acts will perform to a smaller crowd, with surprise guests and fresh takes on their classics.

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Organising the event is Music in Paradise owner Jamie Gray, who says the idea came after a recommendation by region local, Margo Weston.

“These events usually come together organically. In the Maldives and Whitsundays, the surfers inspired us to add some music on their trips,” Jamie says.

“I didn’t even think of the Snowys in the summer until Margo suggested that we take advantage of the stunning lakes and excitement that comes with the avid mountain bikers.

“Once we saw the location, it was a no-brainer. We’re really looking forward to bringing this stripped-back experience to the mountains.”


Lake Crackenback is within an hour’s drive of Cooma and 20 minutes from Jindabyne. Photo: Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa.

At its previous island-based events, Music in Paradise has had acts such as Delta Goodrem, the Living End, and the Hoodoo Gurus. Jamie says the gigs were perfect for those hardcore fans who wanted to see their heroes without all the flashing lights and pyrotechnics.

“It’s a very different experience to what they do at their bigger performances,” he says.

”There’ll be a lot of impromptu things that happen, especially with Jimmy.

“He’s brought on Ian Moss, Diesel, David Campbell, and sometimes the whole Barnes family. And they’ve often played songs not on their tour set lists, so it’s quite a cool, exclusive thing you’re witnessing.”

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Delta Goodrem performs at a Music in Paradise event in the Maldives. Photo: Music in Paradise.

At the moment, Music in Paradise is organising tours, luncheons and wine-tasting experiences around the tunes, so there’ll be plenty to do while gazing upon the high peaks around Lake Crackenback.

Jamie says those interested should lock down their tickets now as these small events – this one limited to 400 seats – “always sell out”.

Those interested in the event can find tickets here.

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