Upper Lansdowne loves music – and musicians!

We’re making Upper Lansdowne Hall a well known Small Hall music venue.

Our audiences welcome many music genres e.g. folk, world, roots, bluegrass, gypsy, Celtic, blues, jazz, acoustic pop and country and to make it appealing for you to visit, we offer free accommodation, dinner and breakfast to artists who play at the hall (which means no out-of-pocket costs).

Upper Lansdowne is a picturesque village 30kms north of Taree in the Manning Valley on the NSW east coast, 25 minutes inland from the Pacific Highway turnoffs at either Coopernook, or Cundletown. It’s a convenient and relaxing stopover point for touring artists traveling up/down the east coast and provides an opportunity to perform in a friendly and appreciative environment, be treated to great country hospitality – and make some money!

We can seat up to 120, have good stage lighting, and can provide a P.A. system if required.
We offer touring artists:


    • Either a free night’s accommodation at pretty Flame Tree Cottage (3 bedrooms, sleeps 6) just three minutes from the Hall and/or your own room(s) with friendly locals
    • Free dinner and breakfast
    • Event promotion via email, Facebook, local radio and posters displayed in the Manning area
    • Ticket prices mutually agreed, usually in the range $15-$25
    • You keep 70% of ticket sales (after any expenses e.g. PA hire if required, support act)
    • Our cut goes towards the upkeep of the almost 100 year old hall, which ain’t cheap!
    • Obviously you keep all of your merchandise sales
    • Our largest concert so far was Les Poules a Colin (Canada), who appeared in April 2017. Their audience was 80+ and they took home a bit over $1400 from $25 tickets
    • More typically the audience is between 45 and 65, but we like to think our audiences are growing as we become better known
    • We also understand we’re only a waypoint on a tour schedule, not a destination per se, so that means we try to make it as easy and relaxing as possible for artists as an incentive to come


Artist Selection Process:

We have a music committee that assesses whether artists are suitable for our context. We try to be accommodating, but sometimes we have to say No. It might be because we don’t think there’s a match to our audience demographic and/or preferences, or we have other events on. Our aim is to run concerts that we think will get a worthwhile crowd along.

Types of Concerts:

We don’t like to turn artists down, but we have to sometimes, as we get asked to host a lot of events and we want to avoid ‘exhausting’ our audience. After putting our thinking caps on, we’ve come up with this approach that allows us to potentially run more concerts.

Normal Concert
We aim to run these roughly once a month, except during May and October when we run plays. These concerts are planned well in advance and are fully promoted. We aim to get you an interview with the local radio station 2Bob, who will also play your music in the lead up. Ticket prices are usually $20-$25.

Small Scale Concert
These are lower key and may be done at short notice. We aim to get at least 25-30-ish people to these concerts (one for Katey Brooks got over 60) and the ticket price is normally $15. So if you are touring and have a gap in your schedule and are happy to play a relaxing concert, we provide free accommodation, food and the normal 70/30 split of takings. None of us get rich from this, but hopefully we all have some fun. These concerts normally use the Hall’s basic PA (which we hope to upgrade shortly). The good news is that the hall has great natural acoustics, so the sound is usually fine with this PA.

Support Acts

We usually try to get a local support act, who generally perform for free. Sometimes we have paid support acts, who are typically paid around $100-$125 for a 30 min set. Their fee comes out of ticket sales before the 70/30 split applicable for the main act.


Concert Schedule:

You can see what concerts are scheduled at the hall on this page: http://www.upperlansdownehall.org.au/music-at-the-hall/music-at-the-hall/


What artists say about us:

“What a memorable and lovely night we had at the Upper Lansdowne Hall playing our Italian folk music! The audience was so attentive and appreciative. We also enjoyed a lovely home cooked meal and peaceful country accommodation and hospitality. Would thoroughly recommend jumping off the Pacific Highway and getting a gig at the Hall with it’s lovely cultured local community.” David De Santi of Zumpa.

“When we received the detailed directions to the venue and accommodation, we knew that this was going to be a well-organised event. What that didn’t prepare us for was the warmth of the welcome we would receive in Upper Lansdowne. The community spirit shines through, from the team that put on the event to the audience that came and supported it.” Winter Wilson.

“We loved performing in the magic Upper Lansdowne Hall – the warmth of our welcome, the enthusiasm of the audience and beautiful location made it a real pleasure. ” Les Poules à Colin.

“Wonderful kind people, beautiful landscape, gorgeous and comfortable accommodation, and a fantastic place to play a concert with a really attentive audience. I’d return in a heartbeat. “Katey Brooks.

“We had a beautiful experience at the gorgeous Upper Lansdowne hall. What privilege to share our stories and songs to such an engaged audience, who had come from far and wide. Sharing good food and music on a beautiful misty night. Thank you to the crew for a very special evening “Snez.


So how about it?

Contact: Chris Galloway cgalloway55 (at) gmail.com / 02 5591 6017, Ian Turier 02 6556 9266, or Al Breingan 02 6556 9226, or email music (at) upperlansdownehall.org.au