Camden’s Live and Local music festival extended

Camden Council’s free Live and Local music festival was a huge hit with audiences and performers alike last year.

So this year, Camden’s business owners have decided to give residents an extra night of live music as a part of the annual festival.

Live and Local will now be held over two nights on Friday, June 22 and Saturday, June 23.

Argyle Business Collective founder and Camden Hotel manager Andrew Valciukas said local businesses have chipped in to extend the festival.

“It was such a popular event last year and we’ve been working hard to find a way to make it even bigger and better,” he said.

“Live music has become a huge part of the hospitality scene in the last few years and we are embracing that change.

“The state government and Camden Council will fund the acts for Saturday, while retailers and restaurants will foot the bill for Friday night’s entertainment.”

The free festival features an eclectic range of local musicians performing along Argyle Street and inside businesses so people can explore Camden accompanied by live music.

This year more than 15 venues and 50 local artists will take part in the event.

Mr Valciukas said he hoped music lovers would take advantage of the extra night of free music this year.

“Friday’s are characteristically quieter in Camden and I think that is because people don’t know what we have to offer out here,” he said.

“The Camden Hotel, The Royal, Barenz, Upstairs at Fred’s, the Plough and Harrow and many more have great regular entertainment so the extra Live and Local night will allow us to show that off.

“We can showcase up-and-coming local talent as well as the high quality acts we have at our venues regularly.”

Mr Valciukas encouraged people to come along and enjoy a great couple of nights out in Camden.

“I think there are people in the area who do not realise what we have to offer in Camden,” he said.

“Live and Local will be a great chance to come and see some great entertainment and how the town has evolved.”

This year’s performers are yet to be announced however last year’s line-up included Ash 'n Bodo, the Christie Lamb Duo, Isaac Lewis, Luke Koteras, Peter McWhirter Band, Murray Bishop Quartet, Sinclair Brown Duo, Stringline Folk Band, The Honey Sippers, Theo and Bel and the Vietmusic Band.

The free music festival will run from 7pm on June 22 and from 2pm to 6pm on June 23.

Live and Local is supported by Camden Council, the Argyle St Business Collective, the Live Music Office and Create NSW.