Lonja Band from Wakeley

  Afro-Latin Funk


Parklands Food Fest will showcase some of Western Sydney’s best musical talent including The Voice 2016 contestant Lexi Clarke and seasoned favourites, Lonja Band who will take  centre stage at Lizard Log Amphitheatre, Abbotsbury on Saturday 17 September 2016 (11am -5pm) in an impressive all day line-up.


The free community event, now in its fifth year, proudly supports our local music stars who will deliver an exciting mix of music while festival-goers enjoy a range of multicultural foods from Western Sydney’s best local food businesses, or relax in the microbrewery marquee with a choice of award winning craft beers. 





Fresh out of this year’s season of The Voice 2016, contestants Lexi Clarke will make her Parklands Food Fest debut. Twenty-year-old Lexi who grew up on a strawberry farm in Llandilo (near Penrith) and taught herself to sing again after a routine tonsillectomy left her without her classically-trained singing voice, will combine her ‘husky’ soul sound with the X-Factor’s incredible Jayden Sierra.


Also from The Voice 2016, the talented Mitch Gardner will provide a sneak peek of songs from his new album ‘Break and the Barrel’ that will be released in November. Mitch will make his first-ever festival appearance with musician David Taylor ahead of his upcoming national tour.


Kicking off the festival, Lonja Band from Wakeley (near Fairfield) will get the party started with their high-energy fusion of Afro-Latin funk. The vibrant eight-piece encourage participation in their rhythmic drumming and dancing, which will bring audiences to their feet. Fernando Andres (Meshi) the lead singer, guitarist and percussionist has performed at the MTV music awards and supported international artists including the Gypsy Kings, Rogue Traders and Jimmy Barnes.


Fernando says, “We’re very excited to be part of Parklands Food Fest and for the opportunity to bring our unique sound to the Western Sydney community”.


Also hailing from Sydney’s west, Carlos and Miguel’s will delight audiences with their laid-back dulcet tones and harmonies. The talented acoustic duo, who grew up in Campbelltown and Seven Hills, specialises in covers including the latest chart-toppers, as well as some of our favourite classic tunes.


Suellen Fitzgerald, Executive Director, Western Sydney Parklands Trusts says, “We’re proud Parklands Food Fest brings the local community together through a shared passion for music and food. These two key ingredients along with our beautiful Parkland surrounds makes the festival really special. It’s an essential for food and music lovers”. 





Parklands Food Fest will also include more than 40 food stalls, the Parklands’ own fresh farm produce, roving entertainment, cooking workshops from Paul West (Lifestyle Food’s The River Cottage) and Sammy and Bella (2011 My Kitchen Rules winners), sustainable gardening workshops from celebrated gardener Costa Georgiadis (ABC’s Gardening Australia) and kids’ activities and rides. 


The 2016 Parklands Food Fest will be held at Lizard Log Amphitheatre, corner Cowpasture Road and The Horsley Drive, Abbotsbury on Saturday, 17 September from 11.00am to 5.00pm. Free parking is also available on site.


New Partnership to support live music in Parramatta


From a recent media release, this news will excite all our local musicians. With a goal to promote the local music culture over the long haul, now support is in the making!




City of Parramatta Council has established a formal partnership with the Live Music Office to foster the growth of the City’s live music scene.


The new partnership will involve the delivery of key projects to establish a thriving local music culture in Parramatta.


“Parramatta is a city that is evolving into a true cultural destination. There has long been support for live music in the region, and the opportunity to develop this further with the Live Music Office is an exciting one,” City of Parramatta Administrator Amanda Chadwick said.




“A vibrant live music scene will perfectly complement Parramatta’s thriving restaurant precinct and will support the development of small bars. It is expected to provide an economic boost to the city through increased patronage and visitor spend, particularly as part of the night time economy. 



“Live music has a way of invigorating a space, creating atmosphere and drawing people in. We expect the local community, visitors, workers and businesses will greatly enjoy and benefit from the creation of a live music scene in the city.”


As part of the new initiative, City of Parramatta is recruiting for a Live Music Programming Coordinator to facilitate the delivery of the project.


The 12-month, part-time contract role will work closely with Council, the Live Music Office and local businesses and stakeholders to create a dynamic live music industry in Parramatta.