Hill­billy’s back on the road

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

THE Hill­billy Goats and 10 large pun­nets of straw­ber­ries have set the scene for the 2013 Red Fest in Bris­bane, in which they will be one of the head­lin­ing acts.

Af­ter a suc­cess­ful al­bum launch at the Court House in Port Dou­glas last night, the Goats are en route to Bris­bane to join in the fun of the Red Fest, orig­i­nally known as the Straw­berry Fes­ti­val.

Goat Boy Bryce Wearne said they were in­vited to play at the fes­ti­val by or­gan­is­ers who are also in­volved in the Ye­poon Vil­lage Fes­ti­val and the Blue­grass Con­ven­tion and de­cided the Goats had to go Red.

‘‘They asked us to do that pho­to­graph to put on the front page of their lo­cal pa­per and pro­gram be­cause we are such a colour­ful act,’’ he said.

‘‘It was funny, we took the straw­ber­ries out to Irvinebank for the pho­to­shoot and had all the kids hang­ing around wait­ing for us to fin­ish and ev­ery kid at Irvinebank dived in and de­mol­ished those straw­ber­ries.

‘‘Our main rea­son for go­ing is that Mahney and my­self and Goat Jester are all from Bris­bane and it’s great to be able to play in a fes­ti­val where we orig­i­nally came from.’’

The Hill­billy Goats are grow­ing in pop­u­lar­ity - al­most as fa­mous as their goat mas­cot - with a busy line up fol­low­ing their suc­cess­ful tour at the Gympie Mu­sic Muster with packed out crowds.

Af­ter the Red Fest the Goats will be fly­ing back ready for the Glen­garry Mu­sic Muster on Septem­ber 14 at the Glen­garry Hol­i­day Park from 4pm, play­ing along­side bill-top­per Adam Brand.

Next on the sched­ule is Wal­laby Creek Fes­ti­val on Septem­ber 27 to 29, be­fore go­ing straight to North­ern New South Wales tour­ing ma­jor fes­ti­vals for a month.

Pic­ture: ANIKA BETTS

STRAW­BERRY FIELDS: The Hill­billy Goats head out to the Red Fest

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