ORGANISERS have hailed the return of the Mt Beauty Music Festival a huge success following sell-out crowds who packed the town’s community centre on Saturday night.
The festival, which had been in recess for a year following 19 highly successful events, featured three main acts along with upand-coming local talent.
It attracted a large number of visitors to Mt Beauty while many locals came just to hear the free youth music competition which preceded the main event, and to patronise the food court and soak up the atmosphere.
Over 300 people packed into the hall to hear the three featured bands Charm of Finches, The Hot Springs and The Northern Folk.
Organisers Jos and Dan Ceccanti said that many of the patrons of the old music festival came along, but with a mix of younger patrons and families also attending.
“The food court was very crowded, and the smoking ceremony was a wonderful way to lead patrons into the auditorium for the welcome to country,” Mr Ceccanti said.
Following the success of this year’s one-day event organisers are now keen to return to the two and a half day format of previous years.
“We have already set the dates and have over 50 applications from musicians who want to participate,” Mr Cecanti said.
“We would like to increase the indigenous content, keep it childfriendly, and ideally be able to pay the support crew.
“There is still a lot of work to be done for the future, but we LIVELY SHOW: Luke Cosgriff and Hamish Retchford lead the Spooky Ukie Band in a performance of Hound Dog, while (below) young women from the Thamarrurr Youth Indigenous Corporation, currently living in Bright, conducted a smoking ceremony followed by a Welcome to Country. PHOTOS: Alex Craig really nailed it this year.”
The committee thanked major sponsors the Bendigo Bank, Alpine Shire Council and Gundowring Ice Cream along with the Thamarrurr Youth Indigenous Corporation, the food vendors and those who volunteered on the day.