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Riverboats filling up fast

Organisers of the 2014 Riverboats Music Festival have seen tickets sell quickly this year.

JESS CRAIG January 18, 2014 4:40am

The crowd at a recent Riverboats Music Festival.


More than 70 per cent of tickets have been sold for the 2014 Riverboats Music Festival.

Festival producer David Frazer said now was the time for people to buy tickets to ensure they did not miss out.

‘‘We don’t want people to just assume there will be tickets at the gate,’’ he said.

‘‘We’ve sold out of deluxe festival passes.

‘‘While we aren’t expecting a bigger crowd this year, we have been surprised at how quickly the tickets have sold this time around.’’

Mr Frazer said Riverboats was fast gaining a reputation as a boutique event.

He said music-lovers were attracted to the festival’s line up, as well as the smaller crowd sizes and intimate feel.

‘‘What we find is that people love that they can come along and roll out a picnic blanket and enjoy the music,’’ Mr Frazer said.

‘‘They like that they’re not squashed together.

‘‘We had 4500 at last year’s Saturday concert and I believe that’s the perfect number.’’

Headliners The Cat Empire will be joined by Tim Finn of Crowded House and Split Enz fame, former Something For Kate frontman Paul Dempsey and popular Cold Chisel guitarist and singer Ian Moss.

Don Walker, who wrote legendary Cold Chisel songs Flame Trees, Saturday Night, Choirgirl, Breakfast At Sweethearts and Khe Sanh, will also perform.

‘‘I saw The Cat Empire live for the first time in Sydney and I was just blown away,’’ Mr Frazer said.

‘‘They have such energy on the stage.

‘‘This year’s line-up really is world class.

‘‘Because the festival’s reputation is continuing to grow, we’ve been able to attract premier artists.’’

Other acts include The Basics, Dan Kelly’s Dream Band, Wagons, Thelma Plum, Tinpan Orange, Mojo Juju, Sweet Jean and Liz Stringer.

The festival will start on Friday, February 14, and run until Sunday, February 16.

To buy tickets, visit www.riverboatsmusic.com.au

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