Showing posts with label Fleetwood Mac Unleashed Tour Review - Hunter Valley. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Fleetwood Mac Unleashed Tour Review - Hunter Valley. Show all posts

Tuesday, December 08, 2009


Capacity crowd at Hope Estate for Fleetwood Mac
Cessnock Adviser

A 19,000-capacity crowd filled the Hope Estate amphitheatre for last Saturday night’s Fleetwood Mac concert.

It was the biggest winery concert ever held in Australia and according to Hope Estate owner, Michael Hope “It went a treat, the feedback has been very positive.”

He said the whole wine and entertainment industry was watching to see how the venue and infrastructure coped, and it went beautifully.

The crowds started to arrive around 4.30pm with Stevie Nicks arriving by helicopter and the remainder of the group jetting into Cessnock Airport.

Crowds were well behaved and the venue coped well with the record number.

Mr. Hope said that while he has no exact figures, the area would have received a huge boost to the economy through the number of visitors who booked local accommodation and transport, not to mention meals and other needs.

He said the big challenge was to get cars back on the road and the winery will be beefing up its message for people to take public transport in the future.

He said a big percentage did use public transport and this is backed up by figures supplied by Michael Kerr at Rover Coaches.

Mr. Kerr said the company organised 121 coaches and then needed to bring in an addition seven to meet the demand.

He estimates there were 40 mini buses on the road and another 15 coaches from outside the area.

Mr. Kerr said the biggest number of coaches used previously was about 90 at the Elton John and Rod Stewart concerts. “This has been the biggest by far,” he said.

Licensing sergeant Barry Meyers said the crowd was well behaved and that Hope Estate had enlisted 20 user pay police officers. Police set up a mobile command station at the winery.

He said the road structure does not lend itself to so many people and he also urged future concert goers to consider using public transport.

Upcoming concerts at Hope Estate feature Rob Thomas on February 12 and 13 and the following Saturday Cliff Richard and The Shadows, followed by Whitney Houston on February 27.

Sunday, December 06, 2009


Fleetwood Mac Benchmark Live Performance
Hope Estates, Hunter Valley
December 5, 2009
By: Lance Lenehan
Secret Chimp

This was one of those concerts that surpasses the studio recording experience by such a margin that the original recordings in some ways now become a disappointment. The sheer energy and exuberance (Lindsay Buckingham leading the way) place the benchmark for live performance very high. If you put 100% of yourself into what you are doing the audience will respond in kind, a feedback loop is created, which lifts the show to new heights.

I'm not one for jumping up and dancing. Seated - I drift into a cinematic zone - immersed in the light and sound - mesmerised. That was my experience for many of my favourites from the band: 'Tusk', 'Go Your Own Way', 'Don't Stop'. I was floating up there above the stage - totally absorbed - no artificial stimulants required.

These 'older' bands have something that newer bands cannot have - years and years of experience - perfectly illustrated by 'Oh Well'. This songs stops and starts on a pin and showed off the bands virtuosity to a tee. Wow. Blew my socks off.

Sound quality was perfect and the light show and the silhouette effect created by the rear projection did not distract but enhanced, so bonus points to the sound guys and the stage design.

Performance 10/10. Sound 10/10. Visuals 10/10. Atmosphere 10/10. Venue 10/10.

Highly recommended. Wish I could take it all home with me to experience it all again...


A couple of short clips of Fleetwood Mac in Hunter Valley