New online concert music to the ears of community in lockdown

Published on 15 September 2021

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Real-life concerts may still be months away in NSW, but Lake Macquarie City Council is set to host the next-best thing as part of its efforts to engage the community during COVID-19.

Local musician Connor Wink will feature in an online ‘Lake Mac Studio Session’ on Friday 17 September, livestreaming a performance from his home studio via Council’s Facebook page.

Manager Community Partnerships Andrew Bryant said Council had already hosted online yoga sessions, dance classes and various other activities as part of its over-55s program during the pandemic to connect with people feeling mentally or physically isolated.

“We had a lot of requests to host a virtual live music event, and Connor’s talent and his Lake Mac location made him the perfect fit.”

Wink’s playlist features covers of classic rock and pop artists, including the Bee Gees, Michael Jackson, Crowded House, Elvis Presley and Stevie Wonder.

Mr Bryant said Council would consider further concerts, pending demand and the duration of the current COVID-19 lockdown.

Lake Macquarie Mayor Cr Kay Fraser congratulated the local community for pushing through such a challenging period.

“The past 18 months have been the toughest time ever for so many people and businesses in our community,” Cr Fraser said.

“We need to stay strong and help each other wherever and whenever we can.”

Wink’s Lake Mac Studio Session concert will be livestreamed from 11am on Friday 17 September via Council’s Facebook page (@lakemaccity).

Council is also hosting Let’s Lift Lake Mac, a free seven-week program held in conjunction with Avondale University to boost happiness and wellbeing.

More than 2000 people have already signed up to participate.

Cr Fraser said that while the program kicked off this week, registrations remained open until 17 September.

Go to lakemac.com.au for more information and to register, or to connorwink.com.aufor more information about Wink.