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Munch to Music

Darwin's in for a treat, as the much-loved Lunch on the Lawn series returns to deliver fresh original sounds from local musos every Wednesday over the next three months.

By Tierney Seccull

CREATED TO CELEBRATE the Dry season and local music, giving folks the perfect excuse to take their lunch breaks outside or treat city visitors to a bit of culture, Lunch on the Lawn is the brainchild of local muso, Tracey Bunn.

Bunn has worked in cahoots with Activate Darwin to create opportunities for local musicians to perform to diverse audiences – and to attract new audiences – being paid for their work, and activating public spaces to enhance the vibrancy of the CBD.

This year, after five years at the helm as producer and facilitator, Bunn’s handed the baton to another local force in music, Crystal Robins. Robins says she’s excited to nurture the program throughout 2024.

“I’m really excited to be taking it on. I’m really passionate about live music and original music and song-writing, and I’m super excited to present the program this year,” she says.

“I think it’s a really great initiative, and [Tracey’s] run it really well … for the last five years. It’s just a great opportunity for local artists to be to able to share their original music in a different space, and to a different audience to what they might usually find at live music venues.”

With lunch options on-hand from nearby eateries, you’re invited to pull up a patch of lawn or a beanbag as you slurp your laksa, sink your teeth into sambos or pick at your poke bowls. Lunch on the Lawn is the epitome of Dry season living, and sitting in nature under some shaded trees and beautiful weather to a live local soundtrack is a must-experience.

“It’s a free event showcasing local artists and original music, music you might not have heard before, you might discover something new that you love. And it’s a chance to get out of the office and into the outdoors!”

Keep an eye on the Lunch on the Lawn socials for artists announcements, and enjoy some munchin’ to music.

Lunch on the Lawn

Photo: Charlie Bliss

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