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HINTERLANDT // Live @ Pigeon Lane (Gallery ONE88), Katoomba

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Sydney-based art-pop quintet, HINTERLANDT, are heading to Pigeon Lane @ Gallery ONE88 on Saturday, December 19th, for the Blue Mountains launch of their 4th studio album Seven Tales – an elegantly composed collection of acoustic indie-chamber anecdotes. 'Seven Tales' is a significant step forward for the band, as composer Jochen Gutsch adds a narrative and poetic element to the intricate and purely acoustic music Hinterlandt has been known for. Beautifully sung by Nicole Smede, the album combines emotive storytelling with progressive musical arrangements.

HINTERLANDT // Saturday, December 19th, 2020 // Doors 6:00 pm // Tickets: $99.50 ea

Location: Pigeon Lane @ Gallery ONE88, Katoomba. 186-188 Katoomba St, Katoomba

Ticket price includes a 2-course meal & event memorabilia // This is a seated performance // BYO alcohol // COVID-Safe Event. We recommend that you visit our good friends at Leura Cellars en route to Gallery ONE88, who provide an exquisite selection of wines, beer, and spirits, including locally brewed beers from 'Mountain Culture' and ciders from 'Hillbilly'.

Please read the event information on this page very carefully, as information about the COVID-19 restrictions, stage, menu, venue access, and 'Terms & Conditions', will be provided.




Jochen Gutsch – Composition, Trumpet, Guitar, Percussion
Simeon Johnson – Cello
Monique Mezzatesta – Violin
Lara Goodridge – Violin
Nicole Smede – Vocals 

As the fourth Hinterlandt record released under the 'Art As Catharsis' label, Seven Tales showcases Jochen Gutsch’s exceptional compositional talents. A quintet of classically trained instrumentalists shape the music with masterful violins, cello, guitar, trumpet, and vocals, bringing together such diverse influences as the moving storytelling of Grand Salvo, the compositional intricacies of Robert Fripp, and the fearless curiosity of John Zorn.

“The chamber-music style of the arrangements carries some dark subject matter in the lyrics,” begins Gutsch. “Listeners are introduced to fictional characters who experience tragic moments in which they are confronted with aspects of mortality. However, as a band, we aim to deliver these tales with glimpses of black humour, to provide a window into the lives of seven humans (and a dog).

On Seven Tales, Gutsch’s compositional talents are taken to new heights through the introduction of narrative, poetic and vocal elements. The band is thrust a significant step forward by these careful additions – the storytelling is engaging, clear, and rife with curiosity.

For lovers of narrative music, meticulous compositions, and unique instrumentation, this record brings a brilliant and refreshing twist on multiple fronts – a must-listen for anyone appreciating intricacy and detail.

Album Review - ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

". . . Seven Tales does exactly what it says on the packet: each track introduces us to a character in the midst of their own rather tragic event . . .  By the time you reach The Tale of Zara you’d be forgiven for thinking you’d stepped into a recitative from a Sondheim musical."

Jessie Cunniffe, Sydney Morning Herald



Whilst some venues saw COVID-19 restrictions as a challenge, Music in the Mountains and Pigeon Lane @ Gallery ONE88 saw this as an opportunity to create a truly VIP experience. No need to grab a meal on the way to the show - Pigeon Lane will be serving up something tasty and giving you time to savour every bite. Tickets will be sold in tables, meaning you can either have a romantic table for two or invite a couple of friends along and make your table a par-tay (and with easing restrictions, we will even be able to offer some single tickets - yay!). And just like every VIP show - it's exclusive . . . restrictions might be easing but the walls aren't getting any bigger. This will be a small intimate show offering you the experience to almost reach out and touch the musicians (well, not quite . . . it's still COVID 😉)  



Initially, this show was going to be held upstairs in Gallery ONE88, however now that easing restrictions allow the show to be moved to Pigeon Lane, every attendee will have a great view of the stage and the best seat in the house. Pigeon Lane has a dedicated stage, a speakeasy vibe and some mighty fine acoustics.



Victor Peralta is both a celebrated artist and an executive cook, who will be curating a dining experience like no other. Featuring two majestic and generous courses, meals will be delivered to your table by alternate drop (one option for you and the other option for your partner) between sets. Dessert, tea, and coffee will also be available to purchase on the night.


Roast Potato and Sweet Potato Soup (Gluten-Free + Vegetarian): Served with a sprinkle of rosemary and accompanied with toasted sourdough; or

Antipasto Platter: A medley of mixed cold cuts and spicey chorizo served alongside cooked peppers, tomatoes, mushrooms and mixed vegetables


Slow-Cooked Short Cut Beef Ribs: Cooked slowly for 6 hours in red wine and tomato au jus base, served on a bed of creamy pontiac potato mash and garnished with salsa verde. Accompanied with a side of lightly sautéed cottage vegetables; or

Spinach & Ricotta Cannelloni (Vegetarian): In our version of this Italian dish, soft ricotta and rich spinach are used to fill cannelloni pasta tubes, all baked in a tomato and bechamel sauce.



Pigeon Lane is currently BYO only, however, has a dedicated cafe during the day and has an extensive range of non-alcoholic beverages, as well as fresh espresso coffee.



Dates: Saturday, 19 December 2020.

Venue: Pigeon Lane @ Gallery One88, 186-188 Katoomba St. Katoomba

Doors Open: 6:00 pm

First Course Served: 6:30 pm

First Set: 7:00-7:45 pm

Second Course & Intermission: 7:45 - 8:15 pm

Second Set: 8:15-9:00 pm

Tickets: $99.50 per person including a 2-course meal & event memorabilia




  1. In the case of restrictions easing, we may allow additional seating within the venue, however, the intimate nature of the show will remain, and the experience of the show will not be compromised.
  2. In the case of restrictions increasing, Pigeon Lane already has a contingency plan based on the 4-square-metre rule, and the show will go ahead upstairs in GalleryONE88.
  3. In the case of restrictions increasing beyond the 4-square-metre rule, the show would likely be cancelled and each attendee would receive a full refund. Every effort will be taken to proceed with the show, however, and each attendee will be contacted with options. 

In short: there is no risk in booking event tickets with Music in the Mountains. We're in this for the long-haul and are optimistic about the future of live music!


    1. Tickets are non-refundable unless one of the following conditions are met:
      1. Government COVID-19 restrictions prevent Gallery ONE88 from undertaking this kind of activity or force the closure venue as a whole; or
      2. The musicians are unable to perform due to feeling unwell/sick.
    2. In the event that COVID restrictions return to the 4-square-metre rule, the event shall be moved back upstairs to Gallery ONE88 and will proceed as initially planned prior to the easing of restrictions.
    3. Special dietary requirements must be specified at the time of booking otherwise we cannot guarantee all requirements will be catered for.
    4. Tickets will not be refunded due to 'change of mind' or failure to read the 'event description' in full.

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