PEOPLE t’s hard to imagine Mount Panorama without thinking of motor racing. But that’s not all the Bathurst landmark is famous for. The imposing mountain has a new second name, Wahluu – and its home of one of Australia’s fastest growing music festivals. The Inland Sea of Sound, now in its eighth year, is gearing up for its biggest celebration yet. Whether its classical, alternate rock, folk, jazz or electronic, there’s a sound for everyone. While some of Australia’s best-loved talents such as Deborah Conway will headline the festival, many locals are getting a taste of stardom too. Blue Mountains Life caught up with five Central West acts performing at the festival and asked them to share their hopes and dreams. GABBI BOLT Born in Bathurst and educated at local schools, Gabbi Bolt became involved in the local music scene at 11 years of age through the Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre and Arts out West programs. Later she joined the Local Emerging Artist’s Program (LEAP). This year she is set to release her own music and will be billed as an artist at this years’ festival. “I have played at the festival as a part of the LEAP program but this year I will have my band with me and play on the main stage.” A self-confessed stage-adrenaline junkie, Gabbi recently released a song for charity called “Girl’s Eyes” which opens the conversation around sexism, consent and domestic violence. While at the beginning of her journey, she will release her debut E.P. “Grey Into Blue” this month and is keen to take her music wherever she goes. THE HONEY DRIPPIN’ MUDSKIPPERS Formed in 2013 from a loose collective of street musicians, the band have polished up their act to capture the ‘energy of a Saturday night juke joint’. The band formed around Ben who has owned and operated Lander’s Music in Orange for over 20 years. Tam and Marty are locals who’ve returned to Orange. Tony and Ken are tree-changers from Sydney. Heavily influenced by The Memphis Jug Band, Pokey Lafarge, Tuba Skinny, Ella Fitzgerald, and Billie Holiday, the band are making their third appearance this year. “We are excited. The Inland Sea of Sound is an event we’ve seen grow in Bathurst. The way the event has attracted such big names in the last few years is fantastic. “The hardest thing about music is keeping it tight but the easiest thing is getting the audience enthused; they pick up on our vibe straight away.” There are plans for the band to release its first album early in 2019 and perform more festivals as well as continuing regular local gigs. DARREN SMITH Although not originally from the area, Darren has always had a strong interest in music and credits the vibe of events such as the Inland Sea of Sound to push him out of his comfort zone to play his original material live. With a full-time job under his belt, Darren says he feels humbled to be included in this years’ line up. “I have many influences in music and enjoy so many genres and styles. It might sound slightly self-absorbed but I have realised over the years i Gabbi Bolt The Honey Drippin’ Mudskippers Blue Mountainslife 39 To view this magazine in full go to: www.pocketmags.com/au/blue-mountains-life-magazine