Pete Murray heads up an all-star list of performers for Echuca’s Riverboats Music Festival in February.By Ruth Clayton
Pete Murray has today been announced as the headline act for Echuca’s Riverboats Music Festival in February.
Other acts are Clare Bowditch, Archie Roach, James Reyne, Tim Rogers, Joe Camilleri and the Black Sorrows, Mia Dyson, Gossling, Clairy Browne and the Bangin’ Rackettes, The Bombay Royale, Cash Savage and the Last Drinks, Better Than the Wizards and Talisa Jobe.
Held over three days from February 15 to 17 at Echuca Aquatic Reserve, next year will be the event’s second year in its new format.
It was re-branded from the former Jazz, Food and Wine Festival this year.
Festival producer David Frazer said this year’s event had been a huge success and was anticipating next year would be just as popular.
‘‘The response Riverboats received in its first year was absolutely fantastic, and we are so excited to once again be bringing some of the biggest names in Australian music to this magical part of the world,’’ he said.
Today’s announcement of the festival line-up has Echuca tourism authorities anticipating a spike in ticket sales and accommodation bookings.
Echuca-Moama and District Tourism Association chief executive officer Pete White said he hoped next year’s event would build on the success of this year’s event.
‘‘We have no doubt that our region will attract a significant audience,’’ Mr White said.
‘‘There is absolutely no question that we now host the Murray’s premier music festival.’’
Echuca-Moama Accommodation Association president Grant Casbolt said members already had bookings from people who attended this year’s festival.
‘‘We hope the town would be fully booked on Saturday night and heavily booked on Friday and Sunday nights,’’ he said.
‘‘It’s certainly a great weekend and loved by all.’’
Echuca-Moama is set to be alive with tourists in February with the Club Marine Southern 80 event to be held from February 8 to 10
Artist Nici Cumpston will hold a free Artist Talk at Shepparton Art Museum tonight, speaking about her body of work based around the Shepparton region.
It’s been a long journey for Tim Roadley but his dream of creating a multi-sport endurance event on the Murray River is now going to be a reality.
It was a big day for Jye McNeil on Sunday, not only celebrating his 19th birthday, but riding a double at the Tatura and Shepparton Racing Club’s meeting, including the big one, the Vraca and Varapodio Italian Plate (1600 m), on the Gerald Egan-trained Jetconi.
Moama's Shirley Durrant has been wowing district pudding eaters for the past 23 years with her Christmas delights.
On Friday Rochester’s St Joseph’s Primary School opened a time capsule which was buried in the 1980s.
Waste collection in Campaspe Shire will change for two weeks during the festive season.
Valley Park Farms' egg production facility is expected to increase production and staff after a $100 000 Victorian Government grant.
Murchison’s Jane Spencer’s first exhibition It Just Dawned On Me will be on show in Shepparton in the first half of next year.
Lisa Milligan has started a new dog grooming business in Heathcote to help fund her Wild ABout Wildlife centre in Kilmore.
A group of volunteers have worked to revitalise the Cobram motorcross track to improve safety and attract new members to the club.
Federal Member for Farrer Sussan Ley says plans are in the works on how to get natural gas to Deniliquin.
New Transport Accident Commission research has revealed why some young country drivers habitually take risks on regional roads.
The Department of Environment and Primary Industries, Parks Victoria and Country Fire Authority will be performing planned burns in Goomalibee on Monday.
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