Excitement is building for the second Deni Blues & Roots Festival, which is expected to top last year's numbers.TYLA HARRINGTON April 17, 2014 3:45am
Organisers are confident that patron numbers for this weekend’s highly anticipated Deni Blues & Roots Festival will top last year’s inaugural tally.
Rob Potts from Rob Potts Entertainment Edge says ticket numbers are tracking to reach just over 5000 people.
Mr Potts told the Pastoral Times yesterday that at the last official count ticket sales were about 300 more than this time last year.
He also reminded people that tickets can be purchased at the gate all weekend.
‘‘Official numbers last year were about 5000 and we’re tracking to go a little bit over that,’’ he said.
‘‘We’re all getting excited for the festival. Sales are really good for a festival in its second year.
‘‘The town is going to be very busy.’’
The two-day festival will get under way on Saturday and features one of the best line-ups ever seen in regional Australia.
Some of the artists stepping onto the international stage at the Deniliquin Ute Muster site include John Mayer, Elvis Costello & The Imposters, The Doobie Brothers and Boz Scaggs.
Deniliquin tourism officer Denise Thomas said thanks to the festival and an array of other events, this weekend is shaping as one of the most eventful in the town’s history.
Mrs Thomas says the Peppin Heritage Centre and Deniliquin Information Centre staff have received the most general enquiries throughout the past two weeks than they have in any other fortnight period in the past 17 years.
The centre has already recorded 363 people through its doors from Saturday up until yesterday morning, taking the total so far for April to 1042.
‘‘It’s going to be an absolutely wonderful weekend for Deniliquin .
‘‘People will have no time to sit still.
‘‘Everyone is so excited for the Blues & Roots Festival .
Mrs Thomas says a combination of predicted beautiful weather, the events, friendly people and the natural beauty of Deniliquin including its flowing Edward River makes the town the ideal place to enjoy the holiday period.
According to Elders Weather, Deniliquin is expected to reach 18°C on Saturday and Sunday with mostly sunny weather.
‘‘I would absolutely encourage locals to get out to these events and assist any tourists who may need it,’’ she said.
‘‘Locals are encouraged to suggest events visitors can attend or send them to us. We have a sheet with everything that’s going on this weekend as well as the happenings at the pubs and clubs.
‘‘A lot of people don’t realise what we have on offer until we tell them.’’
Deniliquin Mayor Lindsay Renwick also welcomed this weekend’s line up of entertainment.
‘‘How many towns can boast two days of international entertainers?
‘‘Easter is always great in Deni and this year will be no different.’’
When teenage sensation Jack Hammond arrived in Tongala with his dairy farming family in January, his name sparked interest in several coaches across the district.
The Yarrawonga Pigeons have secured a vital win over Wangaratta Magpies at JC Lowe Oval in Yarrawonga.
On Wednesday, April 22, 11 walkers from Shepparton Adventure Club travelled to Strathmerton then on to Ulupna Island.
Uniformed police are being plucked from the district’s 16-hour stations to work with one-member stations so officers are not patrolling on their own.
A Rochester woman who stole more than $250 worth of money, cigarettes and food from her workplace of four years has been convicted and fined $500, plus court costs.
The final 25 players have been chosen to represent the Goulburn Valley Football League in their quest to regain the number one football ranking in country Victoria.
A 640 000 bird proposal finally gets the green light from Strathbogie Shire Council.
Record cattle prices were recorded at the Finley Saleyards on Friday
People in rural and remote areas are significantly over-represented in the number of deaths and serious injuries on our roads.
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GrainCorp has announced an investment of $50 million to increase oilseed crushing capacity and efficiency at its Numurkah facility in Victoria.
Mark Soyer represented Australia at the 2015 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships in Canada.
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