Upper Lansdowne loves music – and musicians!

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

Our audiences welcome most music genres and to make it appealing for you to visit, we offer artists who play at the hall free accommodation, dinner and breakfast (which means no out-of-pocket costs).

  • Upper Lansdowne is a picturesque village in a beautiful valley, 30kms north of Taree on the NSW east coast
  • It’s only 25 minutes inland from the Pacific Highway turnoffs at either Coopernook, or Cundletown
  • It makes 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 120+, have full stage lighting and a PA that works well.
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, website, 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. 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 Ten Strings And A Goatskin in April 2018. Their audience was 125+ and they took home $1900 from ticket sales
    • We like to have a good time and a dance, even if some of us look like old fogeys, so kudos if you can get us up dancing
    • You can see who’s played at the hall here
    • We have found our audience is seasonal – see here for more details
    • We understand we’re only a waypoint on a tour schedule, not a destination per se, so we try to make it as easy and relaxing as possible for artists
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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.

“The Upper Lansdowne Hall gives such a warm heart felt welcome, with home cooking, a great space deep in this beautiful valley where we stayed in such comfortable surroundings, we could have played all night to this great community of good folk”. Cara & Fitzy

 

Artist Selection Process:
  • Our aim is simple: To run concerts where we think we can get a worthwhile crowd along and everyone has a good time
  • Hint: We’re a listening audience, but we also  enjoy a good time and a dance, so don’t think you have to play quietly because “it’s a nice old country hall with nice old country people”!
  • We have a music committee who assess whether artists are suitable for our context
  • We try to be accommodating, but sometimes we have to say No, either because we don’t think there’s a match to our audience demographic, or we have too many other events on
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 we hope will allow us to 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
  • We’d like you to play 2 sets of about 45 mins each
  • A local support act may play a short set to open the night, although we have been running with just the main act recently

Dual Headline Concert

  • To fulfill the aim of getting a worthwhile crowd along, we may ask whether you’d be interested in a dual headline arrangement
  • We think there’s a win-win here, because a stronger line up means we can charge more and hopefully get more people and more takings to split

Small Scale Concert

  • These are lower key and may be appropriate for less well known artists. Alternatively, they may be concerts squeezed into the schedule at short notice
  • We aim to get at least 30-40-ish people to these concerts (Katey Brooks got over 60) and the ticket price is normally $15
  • So if you 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 will get rich from this, but hopefully we’ll all have fun

Support Acts

To support music in the community, we sometimes organise local support acts. Some perform for free and some are paid, typically around $100-$120 for a 30 min set. Their fee comes out of ticket sales before the 70/30 split applicable for the main act.

 

Concert Schedule:
  • We aim to hold roughly 1-2 concerts a month, sometimes more in the peak season (Xmas +/- 2 months)
  • We find it’s difficult to get a good audience in December, due to all the competing Xmas events
  • We saw a big drop off in audience numbers during the winter of 2018
  • For that reason, we now have a preference for Sunday afternoon concerts in winter
  • You can see what concerts are currently scheduled at the hall here

Play Seasons

  • We traditionally run a series of play in May and October. If the plays are running, we don’t normally schedule a concert in that month

The hall is unavailable for concerts in these periods in 2018:

  • 11th – 31st October
In-house PA:
  • See this page for details on the hall’s PA
  • It works well in the context of the hall and to keep things simple and costs down, we prefer not to hire extra equipment
  • We operate it ourselves, so there are usually no production costs
  • Feel free to bring your own equipment to replace or supplement the hall’s
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