Imagine you are attending an exciting music event with one of your favourite artists. It is outdoors and the weather is fabulous, after all it is Queensland, and close to Brisbane. It’s easy to get there, just hop on a train and catch one of the charter buses running out to the venue from nearby Ipswich. You don’t know what to expect really, often it’s very rough and ready when you go to outdoor concerts. You are pleasantly surprised when you reach the venue. It is stunning, with large manicured areas surrounded by natural bush. You are thrilled to see a koala in a tree and a few wallabies hopping along. The pavilion area is exceptionally well set up – there are individual shops selling merchandise, clothing, sunglasses and music. You even find a store selling vinyl records, how cool! Food and refreshments are plentiful, served from a concessions area near the shops. You and your friends bask in the sunshine at tables and chairs on the lawn. You saunter over to the attractive domed area for a bit of shade after a while.
You notice there is a specific first aid shop with an ambulance parked next to it. You feel safe and impressed at how well organised this event is. Time for the concert and you begin the lovely walk up the hill to the spectacular natural amphitheatre. Set up theatre style with chairs it looks like there are at least 5,000 people.
There is a type of lobby area above the amphitheatre with the nicest outdoor bathroom facilities you have ever seen and more refreshments available. The atmosphere is cruisy, but the excitement is starting to build. An enormous screen shows a close-up of the stage. You sit down, then the support band comes on. They are awesome and the sound is fantastic. You notice there are sound booths right across the back and rigging across the front of the stage for the lighting and sound equipment.
It’s hot but the shades over the amphitheatre keep you comfortable and soon your favourite band comes onstage. The big screen shows awesome close-ups and the music is just sensational.
This is definitely the best outdoor venue you have ever been to. It has all the elements that make an outdoor concert so compelling, but with the addition of top class facilities that make it so much more comfortable and enjoyable. One of your friends was on the production crew and he told you later that the backstage facilities were sweet, with an audio-visual production room just behind the stage, a broadcast room and a control room for production directors. There were also several well appointed green rooms for the bands. He said there was plenty of room for vehicle access to the back of the stage, making bump in and out really easy.
The concert has finished and buses have come up to the back of the amphitheatre to pick up patrons as it is beginning to get dark, but you and your friends opt for a twilight walk back down the hill as you reminisce on what an awesome concert you enjoyed. All this is possible at Ivory’s Rock Conventions & Events Centre at Peak Crossing.