WHAT IS BLACK MOUNTAIN UNPLUGGED?
A reconstructed/deconstructed/post-neo/retro/alternative anti-festival - or simply a fun weekend where you can camp, sit your arse on the grass and watch some cool acoustic music.
There's no programs, no workshops, no children’s festival, no late night electronica, just one stage, one focus and thats all - and it's small.
We have only one single abiding rule …. don’t be a dickhead.
WHERE IS IT?
Turn right off the Mulligan Hwy towards Bloomfield/Cape Tribulation and go a smidgeon (meaning not far or <2km's) and You’ll see the BMUP sign - drive in and your there..right at the foot of the mountain.
Alternatively, think alternatively, so if your travelling the track from the south it's just a smidgeon past the iconic Lions Den Hotel.
BMUP tickets are strictly limited in number and BMUP7 TICKETS become available on APRIL 7 at 7 minutes past midnight online at TRYBOOKING. They sell out in a matter of hours so set your alarm! Check out our Facebook page for more info. If your keen it's best to keep up to date by liking the BMUP Facebook Page or knowing someone that does. It's also where you'll get to see whose performing and when the next BMUP PICNIC is. And don't forget - it sells out quickly! For those mad bastards and bastardes's in Cooktown you can go to Q-cumbers and get a ticket over the counter the old fashioned way.
THINGS TO KNOW
We open the gate on Friday at 10am and you can camp till Monday so as not to miss Sunday nights game of Q&R (Question and Riff).
The lovely gate crew will issue you with a garbage bag for your rubbish (please help us by taking your rubbish home afterwards, we really need you to do this) and send you on to your camp site - either top camp, bottom camp or outback-of-stans camp.
We would ask you not to bring the family dog. If you absolutely must must (and a little tiny weeny dog is still a dog taxonomically) our notoriously unpredictable enforcer Hillbilly Bill will find out and send you to camp next to the big generator.
We much prefer to hear sounds of the bush or acoustic instruments being played in camp rather than car stereos.
BMUP is BYO.
FIRES - August is generally when the dry season is ramping up so it's best to consider NO CAMP FIRES.
There are fire drums around the stage and a few in the camps so there's still some tribal warmth/staring opportunities.
There are wood fired hot bucket showers and plenty of longdrop dunnies and urinals scattered ‘round with their own cleaning products and hand wash soap at each one. If your aim is untrue please clean up afterwards.
There’s a few spring fed drinking water taps but byo water if thats your need, and plenty of good food stalls and coffee around the stage.
There’s a first aid nurse on duty at the Info Tent, but she is infamous for going the scalpel first, so it’s best to byo bandaids and betadiene if you have a tribe of exploring kids.
And bring a torch for sure - it helps so you don’t disappear down a gully at night.
There’s no eftpos, mobile reception or wifi so bring cash.
There is usually ice for sale on site and you can always restock with drinks etc from the Lions Den Hotel down the road.
The music will start at sunset on Friday night and go till midnight.
Saturday will be pretty full with the Drag Race and music but with a siesta break in the late arvo to prepare for the NIGHT!
Sunday morning will open with the sacrilegiously sacred ' Church of the Goat '(so bring your live rattlesnakes and comb overs) then the BM Undie Race (or not) and the music will continue till the usual frenzied late arvo finish, then a required siesta break before we move over to the awesome tarp and the night time game of Q AND R (Question and Riff) and maybe a jam if any musos are still standing.
The performers you will see have been woo'd and chosen by Bryce and Mahney of the Hillbilly Goats. The Goats endless touring schedule gives them unique access to many of Australia's best music fests and they do a stellar job every year with a primary focus on acoustic performers. And as a bonus you will get to see the Hillbilly Goats live on Friday and Saturday night - one of Oz's premier live acts.
BMUP is also a good chance of seeing those enigmatic rare birds, the Roadtrippers who gather from around the country to close out Saturday night with legend Dave Steel on slide. Saturday night at BMUP is legendary!
Being very small we can't pay as much as we'd like so we try to treat our performers royally with 3 square meals, gallons of mediocre wine, madcap maitre-de's, comfy beds and hot showers. We aim to make BMUP the BEST experience of their touring year.
NOTE : The fully staffed merch tent at BMUP doesn't take commission so every dollar you spend on the performers stuff goes straight back to them. Spend up and support them.
BMUP inc is a QLD Registered Not-For-Profit Organisation. We have been blessed with a dedicated group of construction and visual artist volunteers that return year after year, some of whom put in months of hard yakka before and after. If we need any more hands we put a notice on the Facebook page. The Dunny crew is one area we often seek some help, and we have had a few crews that have made a great party of it.
The DC's get 3 meals a day with the performers and the job takes a few hours a day at most. (checking mainly.) So stay tuned if you don't mind getting your (gloves) dirty. It's HIGH STATUS VOLUNTEERING!