It was one of the highlights of last year’s local social calendar, and this year Spring Sounds on the Platform is back, bigger and better than ever.

Set against the spectacular harbour backdrop, the Coal Loader Centre for Sustainability is a unique and picturesque venue for the family-friendly music festival taking place on Saturday October 12. North Sydney Mayor Jilly Gibson is full of enthusiasm for this month’s extravaganza, “This year’s Spring Sounds on The Platform is set to be the best music event held at the Coal Loader to date. The movement of music around the stunning Coal Loader venue means visitors can discover a new musical experience around every corner.”

Between 3pm and 6pm there’ll be plenty to entertain the younger crowds, and from 6pm to 9pm the event will transition into a relaxed evening, allowing visitors to enjoy the acoustic sounds and magnificent sunset from the pop-up bar.

Younger festival goers will be delighted by the afternoon activities, which include:

Meet the Chickens – volunteer chicken carers will introduce you to the resident chooks. Visit the hen house located on Level 2, learn about what they eat and see where they live and lay.

Chalk Drawing – kids can get creative by participating in chalk drawing facilitated by the Coal Loader’s own graphic artist.

Lost Bird Found – 3D birds are popping up all around North Sydney during mental health month in October, to raise awareness and start conversations about mental health.

Hoopy Loopy Haven Jewelz the hoola hooper will host an exciting workshop, creating an interactive circus-skills space.

Face Painting – professional face painters will be creating wonderful works of art.

Tunnel Time – Venture down to explore the famous tunnels where kids of all ages can watch and learn about the space while exploring the underground chambers.

The famous Coal Loader Tunnels are waiting to be explored.

The music line-up will feature acoustic sessions set across 3 stages from new acts and last year’s fan favourites will be returning, including Benny Vibes, Lucy and Mr Kite, and Cassidy-Rae Wilson. Local legends Flatrock Brew Café from Naremburn and Tonic Lane on Tour will be on hand for the pop-up bar.

As always at the Coal Loader, sustainability is at the heart of all the events – BYO drink bottles and cups are encouraged to keep the event environmentally-friendly. There’ll be a variety of stalls with a sustainable focus, and great food will be available from a number of suppliers or you can pack your own picnic.

Spring Sounds on the Platform is on Saturday October 12, from 3pm – 9pm, at The Coal Loader Centre for Sustainability, 2 Balls Head Drive, Waverton

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