MUSIC FOR CHARITY
BRIGHT teenager Harry Jamieson was one of a number of young and local acts who had the opportunity to perform during this year’s Bright Days festival over the weekend. The 17-year-old took to the stage on Sunday afternoon while bands including The Screamin’ Eagles, Melbourne Ska Orchestra and Dragon performed to thousands of people who again packed into Howitt Park for the three-day event that raises money for the he DEBRA Foundation (Dystrophic Epidermolysis Bullosa Research Association) and SUDC (Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood).
“JUST as many people, and even more community spirit”.
That’s the verdict after the sixth Bright Days festival wrapped up over the weekend.
Brighter Days vice president Jason Reid said the weekend of music, cars and bikes continues to surprise organisers.
“The community participation and crowds always exceed our expectations,” he said.
“The spirit this event creates is amazing, it takes a lot to organise but it’s the greatest thing ever to know that and you’re helping a lot of sick kids.”
Bright Days raises money for two charities, the DEBRA Foundation (Dystrophic Epidermolysis Bullosa Research Association) and SUDC (Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood).
More than 150 volunteers assisted over the three days from last Friday while Mr Reid said a large collection of people helped with the clean-up of Howitt Park on Monday.
“We had probably 160 volunteers for the weekend which is just staggering and had a great turnout on Monday morning when we put a callout for people to help clean the park,” he said.
Mr Reid said the weekend’s crowd were again similar to last year with the Howitt Park precinct attracting a capacity of about 10,000 on both Saturday and Sunday night.
Along with music from the Screamin’ Eagles, The Chantoozies, The Badloves, Pseudo Echo, Dragon, Jacuzzi Masterpiece, Turk Tresize, Shaun Klinger, Oz Rock Express, Jacob’s Run, Raw Brit and Cool Change the weekend also included a special appearance by Chocolate Starfish.
“Chocolate Starfish played last year and weren’t official on the line-up but surprised the crowds on Sunday afternoon,” Mr Reid said.
“We didn’t have them booked in because they didn’t think they could make it and as soon as they found out there weren’t needed anywhere else they were here.”
“They basically requested to come along so that was just a real bonus for us.”
Mr Reid said having the Melbourne Ska Orchestra with 20-odd band members performing was a highlight as was the performance from The Screaming Eagles who are heavily involved with the event.
Close to 200 Harley Davidsons and other motorbikes registered for Saturday’s Poker Run and a vehicle cruise saw more than 100 cars.
FAMILY FUN: Ross, Caitlin and Riley Young and Beth Campbell relax by the edge of the water.
LOCAL ACT: Alex Donnelly and Liam Packham of Alpine Bangers took to the stage on Sunday afternoon
GOOD CAUSE: Nicole Mizzi and Daniel Caruana had good viewing close to the stage.
GREAT EVENT: Megan and Lisa Lawrence travelled from Wagga for Brighter Days.
DAY OUT: Porepunkah’s Lisa and John Pryor had a relaxing day in the park.
SHADY SEAT: Rian and Gabe Banks enjoy the afternoon Sunday.