Australian pop/rock band 1927 will headline this year’s Benalla Festival.By Kaitlin Thals
The Benalla Festival committee has announced that Australian pop/rock band 1927 will headline this year’s festival.
Benalla Festival committee chair Councillor Suzy Martin said 1927 would appeal to the whole community, with the group having hit songs during the ’80s, as well as their music making a resurgence this year.
‘‘(1927) is appealing to those of us who are nostalgic, and to the youth,’’ Cr Martin said.
‘‘FReeZA have delivered again; last year we had Shannon Noll perform.’’
FReeZA is a youth development program which helped co-ordinate the main act for the festival.
‘‘Another exciting thing is through the funding we received, on the Friday night is the Mair St Mural Party, and Nicky Bomba — John Butler Trio member — will be playing .
Council’s event co-ordinator Sharon Zimmermann said the music flavour throughout the festival would reflect its theme — ‘We are one’.
‘‘During the last few years, it (the festival) has really grown and it’s a really great community celebration to showcase our local talent to the community, and visitors too,’’ Ms Zimmermann said.
Residents can now access the Benalla Festival website which went live last week.
Cr Martin said the comprehensive website came about after much work by the committee, and provided information about events, the writing competition, application forms for the art exhibition and a complete program which can be printed off the website.
‘‘I dare anyone to do it better — it’s that impressive,’’ Cr Martin said.
For Benalla’s Dianne Harper and daughter Melanie Stretton, this is their first time on the festival committee.
‘‘Everyone on the committee are all local people and they all have such a wealth of knowledge and the connections and knowing what’s good for Benalla,’’ Ms Harper said.
To listen to Winners & Losers star Melanie Vallejo perform 1927’s song If I Could, visit http://au.tv.yahoo.com/winners-and-losers/video/watch/18990112/melanie-vallejo-sings-if-i-could/
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