‘THE MAN IN BLACK’ BACK IN TOWN

Stanthorpe Border Post - - FRONT PAGE -

MONTHS of hard slog­ging and prepa­ra­tion have left or­gan­is­ers of the Johnny Cash Coun­try Mu­sic Fes­ti­val in a bit of a daze, but thrilled by Satur­day’s con­cert re­sponse.

Close to 600 peo­ple poured into the Stan­thorpe Show­grounds, with crowds al­ready bay­ing for the 2018 event to get under way.

With a day’s rest be­hind them, or­gan­is­ers of the event said they have been over­whelmed by the pos­i­tiv­ity af­ter the fes­ti­val’s con­clu­sion.

“The com­ments we’ve got, dur­ing and af­ter the show, peo­ple just loved it,” Brian Wil­mott said.

“Ob­vi­ously some hic­cups be­ing the first time out but they loved the last two bands, par­tic­u­larly Dale Hooper.

“I had a word with him af­ter and he cer­tainly wants to come back next year.”

Away from the main stage, mar­kets and good ol’ south­ern cook­ing was of­fered up to pun­ters.

“The dance floor was oc­cu­pied most of the time, lots of good food sold, peo­ple were happy with the cater­ing,” Brian said.

He sug­gests they may shorten set times next year to not make the “struc­ture too long”.

“All in all... it was at least as good as I hoped for and bet­ter in fact be­cause I was ag­o­nis­ing right up un­til the last minute.”

Or­gan­is­ers will con­gre­gate in a week’s time to dis­cuss the event and how to tackle 2018.

At this stage all they know is that it’ll def­i­nitely go ahead and that they’ll hold it at the show­grounds once again.

As to whether it’ll shift to a two-day fes­ti­val or re­main one and which acts they’ll try to at­tract – that’s still up for de­bate.

“As these things grow we’d be think­ing two days, three days af­ter that prob­a­bly. Just grow it so Stan­thorpe can look for­ward to hav­ing sev­eral thou­sand peo­ple com­ing and hav­ing a good time,” Brian said.

PHOTO: MATTHEW PUR­CELL

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