Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Festival Hits Right Note

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Festival Hits Right Note

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Byline: commentDAVID BANCROFT david.bancroft@dailyexaminer.com.au

COUNTRY music has never been my thing.

Apart from southern country rock from bands like The Outlaws in the '70s or the '80s Australian band The Johnnys (although they might be more accurately described as country punk), and locally The Re-Mains, country music has never really been an interest.

That said, it is hard not to get enthusiastic about a country music festival for Grafton.

Bob Vickers, who is organising the first festival for the Grafton Showground just after the Jacaranda Festival, didn't wait to do a thousand economic analysis reports, scoping studies and the like; he just decided he would do it.

The response has been fantastic.

After The Examiner ran the first story on his plans, he has been inundated with support.

He said the Clarence Valley Council, which has copped plenty of criticism over the years for not supporting events, could not have been more helpful; major music distributors got onto him immediately and said they wanted to be part of it; locals with strong connections with major sponsors offered their time and expertise; hotels signed up to run bands for the festival's duration; the Clarence Pastoral and Agricultural Society (Grafton showground managers) offered the grounds for up to 330 camp sites, and; he was contacted by country music followers far and wide saying they would attend. …

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