BYALEX CRAIG

Myrtleford Times - - News -

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.

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