Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

It Works out at about $1 a Band

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

It Works out at about $1 a Band

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Byline: Tegan Annett tegan.annett@apn.com.au

PAY $20 and you get to see 20 bands; it's the new business model for El Grande and organisers hope it will help rebuild the event after last year's abysmal turnout.

They had hoped for 1000 people at the 2015 Gladstone music festival but were disappointed when just 400 turned up.

There were doubts it would be held again.

Organiser Nathan Bedford told this paper last year that it would take him at least five years to recover the money he put in to the event.

But he and Tim Price have just announced a (albeit downsized) line up for the 2016 El Grande festival.

Local bands need more local opportunities; so this driven duo has decided to give it another crack.

There will be fewer and lesser-known bands - but with cheaper tickets.

"If we don't put this event on then there's no real avenue for the non-top 40 touring artists who aren't huge, to come through central Queensland," Mr Bedford said. …

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