World’s biggest uke festival in Blue Mountains

Be part of the fun vibe at the world's largest ukulele festival at Katoomba on February 7-9.

Be part of the fun vibe at the world’s largest ukulele festival at Katoomba on February 7-9.

By Blue Mountains Ukulele Group

The fifth annual Blue Mountains Ukulele Festival will be held at the historic Carrington Hotel, Katoomba, during the February 7-9 weekend.

The largest ukulele festival in the world will include more than 80 acts across five stages and thousands of visitors taking in the ukulele fun.

Festival director Steve Roberts said: “This is the place to hear the enormous variety of directions the ukulele is being taken.”

“The Festival includes pop, jazz, classical, latin, music hall and, of course, the pub rock onslaught of local favourites, The Blue MUGs.

“This year the festival includes a special treat, Carsten Knudsen from Denmark, who is a great entertainer as well as a great ukulele player.”

Part of the annual Roaring 20s Festival and all that Jazz! held throughout the Blue Mountains, Lithgow and Oberon region from February 1 to 23 (Details: www.roaring20s.com.au), the Blue Mountains Ukulele Festival is a free event run entirely by volunteers and is known for its upbeat and fun vibe.

It has won awards at the Blue Mountains Lithgow & Oberon Tourism Awards of Excellence two years running and has become an icon of the Blue Mountains.

The festival will kick off with a dinner and show on the Friday night. Saturday will be filled with performers and workshops across five stages. Sunday will be a day for kicking back with your ukulele and playing along with all the new friends you have made during the weekend.

All are welcome. Non-players will have a smorgasbord of free entertainment and might even find themselves learning their first song on ukulele. Beginners will learn so much and experienced players will be enthused and inspired.

For further information contact Steve (Hurricane) Roberts on 0412 228 326 or email festival@bluemugs.com.au.

* Blue Mountains Explorer Bus will give away a free Blue Mugs CD to everyone who buys two tickets or more on the Blue Mountains Explorer Bus during the festival.

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