The Riverboats Music Festival saw thousands enjoy acts, including The Cat Empire and Paul Dempsey, perform in Echuca's Aquatic Reserve.JESS CRAIG AND RHIANNON HORRELL February 17, 2014 4:58am
Despite rain, thousands of music lovers headed to Echuca’s Aquatic Reserve at the weekend for the Riverboats Music Festival.
Far from deterring crowds, the wet weather seemed to spur on concert-goers, many of whom delighted in dancing in the drizzle as some of Australia’s best musicians took to the stage.
Festival producer David Frazer said this year’s festival had been the biggest yet.
‘‘It’s been absolutely fantastic,’’ he told the Riv yesterday.
‘‘We’ve been blessed with the weather. There was a lovely cool breeze and of course, the rain.
‘‘It was torrential for about three minutes on Saturday, but that didn’t stop anyone
A slight drizzle on opening night did not deter crowds.
Gates opened at 5.30pm, with Sweet Jean the first to take the stage at 6.30pm.
The folk duo was followed by bold singer Mojo Juju, who was backed by a full band, then legendary singer Ian Moss.
‘‘Mossy’’, best known from his time with Cold Chisel and his successful solo career, was well received by the crowd, who sang along to all of their favourites.
Bendigo’s Dave Hogan said he was enjoying the cool change and was looking forward to seeing Mojo Juju.
Mojo Juju proved to be a popular inclusion in the line up, her energetic performance dazzling crowds on Friday, before she played an intimate, two-hour set on the PS Pevensey on Saturday.
Known for their eclectic performance style and catchy songs, headliners The Cat Empire did not disappoint.
The band arrived around lunchtime on Saturday and spent the hours before their set getting a feel for the crowd and taking a look around Echuca.
After a big night of dancing and singing, crowds headed to the Beechworth Bakery yesterday for the official festival breakfast.
With more live music and views across High St and the Campaspe River, the breakfast was the perfect way to start the last day of the festival.
The rain cleared yesterday before performances from Liz Stringer and Thelma Plum, ahead of Something for Kate front man Paul Dempsey and iconic performer Tim Finn.
Hafizullah Mohaqiq was born in Afghanistan, spent periods living in Pakistan and Iran, before arriving in Shepparton two months ago.
The Mulwala Lions had satisfying and hard fought win, in difficult conditions, against last year’s grand finalists at Lonsdale Reserve on Saturday.
The Fairley Leadership Program met in Tatura on Wednesday, exploring ‘Water and our catchment’ at Goulburn Murray Water.
Road authorities have made little progress to fixing Echuca’s most dangerous intersections.
Lockington Vintage Tractor and Stationary Engine Rally is on for the 18th time this weekend and there is something for everyone.
Kyabram and District Sportstar of the Year nominations finalised
Three local clubs get together at Kings Park.
Tributes flow for Finley's inspiring mother, friend and farming advocate Jennifer Hawkins
A visit by Coliban Water to Heathcote last week provided residents with a chance to quiz staff about water and sewer services.
A new book, Men from the River Bends, honours Cobram-Barooga and district soldiers who paid the ultimate sacrifice after enlisting in World War 1.
Deniliquin bowler Dennis O'Keefe lost 25-19 in his bid for a quarter-final spot in the Victorian Singles Championships this week.
Widespread rain late last week and on Saturday put a smile on the faces of farmers preparing to sow crops or waiting for weeds to emerge on early-sown rye-grass.
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