Farewell Elton…Hello Jimmy! It’s Concert Season in Wine Country

November 25, 2019

Forget the Christmas season – at Hope Estate, it’s almost time for concert season! As the days grow longer and warmer, it’s time to grab the picnic blanket and head to Wine Country for a host of incredible summer events.


First up is Jazz in the Vineyards – a Hunter Valley favourite returning to the Hope Estate grounds on Saturday 31st October 2020. This year’s line-up is led by Aussie jazz/pop icon, Kate Ceberano. With over 35 years in the business under her belt, Kate has fronted bands, led the cast in hit stage musical Jesus Christ Superstar, and built a solo career that includes 27 albums and multiple ARIA Awards. Accompanied by her band, Kate will headline this year’s festival with a late afternoon set, playing all her hits.

Also on the line-up is John Morrison’s Swing City Band, featuring vocalist Jacki Cooper. This 14-piece big band will be getting festival-goers up and dancing with traditional jazz, swing, funk and jazz-rock tunes. The outfit is headed by John Morrison (the elder brother of trumpeter James Morrison), who holds the title of ‘Australia’s best Big Band drummer’ and is known to delight audiences with his humour and rollicking performances.

Rounding out the day will be The Aston Martinis, an energetic four-piece band playing cool swing and classic soul tunes, and The Djangologists, a quintet that adds their own special twist to music inspired by jazz legend Django Reinhardt. Pair all the great jazz vibes with Hunter Valley wine, craft beer, markets and a kids’ zone, and you’ve got the perfect day out for families and friends. “It’s such a wonderful time of the year to sit outdoors in the sunshine with a cheese platter, a glass of bubbles, have a laugh and take in the atmosphere of the day,” sums up Hope Estate owner, Karen Hope.

In the new year, it will be time to say goodbye to Elton John as he visits the Hunter on his Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour. Playing two dates at Hope Estate (Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th January), the music icon will be pulling out all the stops to close the curtain on his incredible 50-year career. The pre-retirement tour began back in September 2018, where Sir Elton kicked off an astonishing run of over 300 shows set to span five continents and multiple years. His final ever concerts will take place in the UK in December 2021 – but before that he’ll be hitting our shores for 24 shows, including the big January weekend at Hope. 

With elaborate stage production, a fabulous tour wardrobe by Gucci (of course), and accompaniment from his full band, it’s set to be an unforgettable experience. You can expect to hear all your favourites from Elton’s substantial songbook and gain rare insight into the personal meaning behind his greatest hits. “The time is right to say thank you to my fans and say goodbye,” the showman said of his farewell tour – and if there’s one thing you can be sure of, it’s that he’ll go out in style.

Things certainly won’t be slowing down at Hope as January continues! Australian rock legends Cold Chisel are set to take the stage with two special guests on Saturday, 18th January. Blasting onto the scene in the late 70's/early 80s, the ARIA Hall of Fame inductees have sold almost seven million albums over the past 40 years – and have only reformed for four national tours since 1983. But the Blood Moon Tour 2020 gets the band back together for a string of special outdoor shows.

Throughout the summer, Cold Chisel will be serenading Australian audiences with their classic blend of rockabilly, roughhouse soul and blues, led by iconic frontman Jimmy Barnes. The band will be joined on tour by a string of special guests; lucky Hunter fans will catch sets by alt-rock outfit Birds of Tokyo and blues-and-roots duo Busby Marou at the Hope Estate gig.

For full details on all the events of Hope Estate’s upcoming concert season, call 02 4993 3555, email 
info@hopeestate.com.au or visit www.hopeestate.com.au


We have 2 x VIP Members Area double passes for Jazz in the Vines! The prize includes: Event entry, VIP Members Area access with private bar, private toilets, VIP front of stage viewing area access and VIP Parking. Visit here – be quick, entries close November 31st, 2019.



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