Winter Heat Festival 2016

The official Winter Heat Festival Program and Map can be (viewed here)

Sat 11 June, 5pm-9pm

Winter Heat 2016 is set to be bigger, bolder and brighter than ever, with six festival zones stretching along the Honeysuckle foreshore.


KIDS ZONE - located between the Crown Plaza Hotel and Landing Bar & Kitchen 

A mega-massive KIDS ZONE featuring a series of HUGE inflatable obstacle courses, and a ride called the leap of faith that is a scary 4.5-metre drop into a giant airbag. These attractions will be managed by Revolution Sports Park (Maryville) and have a small entry fee. Unlimited access to the obstacle courses will cost $10 per child while the leap of faith will cost $5 for 1 jump or $10 for 3 jumps. All of this bouncy action will be nestled among select child friendly market stalls and chilled busker style music.   
WATER STAGE - located on the east side of the Maritime Museum 

This is the main stage where Honeysuckle Boardwalk plays host to Music, Markets and Warming Winter festivities. Fire sculptures interweave with a multitude of hand selected markets - curated by the wonderful Hunt & Gather team - and an array of top shelf local musical magic. On water entertainment will feature giant Zorb balls, water dragons, and a tug boat ballet. 

VIP FOOD & WINE ZONE - located adjacent to the Maritime Museum   

Soak in the outdoor atmosphere in comfort in this fully licensed ticketed area where a selection of the Hunter Valley's best wineries and boutique craft beer and cider vendors will cater for every palate. Local Honeysuckle Restaurants will be serving delicious meals including gyoza from Nagisa, burgers from Silo, tacos from the Landing, satay skewers from the Dockyard and curry from Larna Thai. PLEASE NOTE: Limited tickets exist for this area which has sold out at previous events! 

Click here to purchase tickets.

FIRE STAGE - located on the west side of the Maritime Museum 

Opera Singing meets fire cannons and amazing fire performances alongside epic drum shows and an all-in percussion workshop explosion. Bordered by a bevy of food trucks and street foods with pop-up rustic back-alley food court vibes. 

WINTERBEATS SILENT DISCO - located near the Honeysuckle Hotel   

You won't believe your eyes OR your ears. This area almost defies description but let's say that it features a GIANT neon boom box, 1000 silent disco headsets and 3 channels of old Skool Hits, Indie and Live Electro brought to you by King Street / Argyle House and local bangers Fox Control. There is also a large-scale outdoor lounge room AND a giant Zorb Ball bubble soccer pitch - right in the middle of the D Floor! (Headsets allowed!). Cost: $10 per person for headset hire (+$10 refundable deposit) 

Add yet another smattering of hand-picked markets by Hunt & Gather, projections by Hobo Techno and a bunch of fire pits and sculptures. 

SILENT CINEMA ZONE - located at Brake Block Park next to Meet Restaurant  

As an additional offering to this epic event, MEET Restaurant brings Brake Block Park alive with an epic SILENT CINEMA experience, screening a short children’s film on dusk, around 5pm, followed by a family friendly feature length film. VIP meal and movie packages are available by booking with Meet, but all are also welcome to pop over and check it out on the night. Cost: $10 per person entry and $10 headset hire.  


Crazy Old Maurice's BIKE POWERED MOBILE DISCO: 2 performers, 1 keyboard, 1 PA, 1 drum kit, 1 bicycle and trailer (+ 1 mirror ball). 
HUNT & GATHER MARKETS more than just market makers the H&G crew are an events team unto themselves. Their collaboration on this year’s event adds an exciting element the whole event over.
WATER TOP PERFORMANCES: From light draped characters in floating Zorb balls dancing across the water top to giant inflatable sea dragons to the grand spectacle of a spot lit dusk tug boat ballet. This year the very harbour itself comes alive alongside the festivities.


MORGANA OSAKI ~ Delicious vocals meet concert harp backed by the punchy beats of Huw "Baby Legs" Jones. 
THE HIGH ANDIES ~ Lap steel guitars & double bass produce soulful Hawaiian jazz vibes with a western swing.
ZACKARI WATT - KING OF SINGING (& friends) ~ Epic crooning & vocal majesty inter-spliced with kitschy cabaret stylings. Don't miss it. 
EARTHEN RHYTHMS DRUM & DANCE ~ EPIC DRUM EXPLOSION ~ these guys live, breathe, play and love rhythm. Alongside their own performance this year, they will be hosting a huge, all-inclusive percussion workshop culminating in an EPIC 300+ person DRUM EXPLOSION! Bring a drum if you like or just jump in AND get involved with one of the instruments provided. 
GEORGIE ROSE ~ OPERA ARIAS: Hearing Georgie's sublime voice is an almost unbelievable experience. Accompanied by huge exploding fireballs, fire performance, and a 7ft tall flaming love heart this is a show not be missed.
SOUTHERN DEADLY SINS: Unique world-class fire performers and more bring a touch of the curious & bizarre to the event.
ROVING PERFORMERS & LIVE BOARD GAME FUNTIMES: The entertainment continues between acts on the main stage areas with engaging roving performances and interactive family fun featuring such attractions as live on stage Pictionary and more.



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