New 10-day festival planned for Coast

The Tubular organising committee Photo: Hayley Sing

Central Coast Music & Arts will partner with Central Coast Council to present a new 10-day festival in the heart of Gosford and surrounding areas in November, with expressions of interest open until August 31.

Tubular is set to take place from November 16-26 and will activate the Gosford CBD and surrounding areas.

Inspired by sound, art, food, light, connection and community, Tubular aims to celebrate the creativity and cultural identities of the region, with hopes it will become an annual highlight in the Coast’s events calendar, fostering community engagement and promoting tourism.

Central Coast Music & Arts is a not-for-profit organisation which aims to develop the Coast’s contemporary music and arts scene, with the festival designed to unite local community groups to enhance their own businesses whilst also bringing new and interesting ideas to the region.

The collaborative effort promises to bring an exceptional and immersive experience.

Artistic directors, multi award-winning and former Springfield based artist Ngaiire and her longtime manager, award-winning sound designer Ben Pierpont, will curate a dynamic lineup of key marquee events while activating new and exciting spaces suitable for all ages and interests.

Attendees can expect live music performances by renowned artists and local bands, pop-up art exhibitions and interactive and educational workshops to inspire creativity and innovation.

In addition to entertainment and arts, the festival will prioritise sustainability and environmental responsibility throughout all the offerings.

“The Central Coast was the first place I’ve really felt at home for a long time and home has always been a complicated thing for someone like me who has moved around a lot,” Ngaiire said.

“I owe that to the incredible community we found living up there.

“There’s a willingness to connect and build things together whether it’s friendships or projects and you don’t find that too much in the city.

“This festival has the potential to showcase this through its many artistic offerings.

“Having worked all over the world from Istanbul to New York to Sydney in order to pursue a life in the arts, I jumped at the opportunity to be a part of bringing an event like this back to my home turf.”

Pierpont said the 2023 festival would be an is an appetiser of long-term plans to highlight the Central Coast as a leading destination for the arts.

Council Administrator Rik Hart said Council was committed to providing support and opportunity to Central Coast organisations which create and deliver events.

“Tubular Music and Arts Festival in Gosford CBD will continue to deliver on the positive outcomes of the inaugural Central Coast Music Festival held in September 2022,” he said.

Tubular is seeking expressions of interest from performers, artists, workshop operators and vendors wanting to engage and participate in the event.

For details on how to apply before August 31, email

Tubular Festival