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.
Relay For Life participants took to Shepparton's Princess Park at the weekend to raise funds for the fight against cancer, support those battling the disease and remember those who have lost their fight.
Fine weather and a strong number of athlete registrations will ensure this weekend’s Yarrawonga Mulwala Multisport Festival is another huge success.
The fifth annual King Billy Retreat Open Garden Party will be held at Rushworth on Saturday and Sunday, October 25-26, from 10 am to 4 pm.
The Riv compared staff costs at Campaspe Shire with Murray, Mitchell, Moira, Gannawarra, Swan Hill, Bendigo and Melbourne - and found that almost half of every dollar spent by Campaspe Shire goes on staff costs.
Maribeth, Angelica, Faye and Reynaldo Dipasupil have become Australian citizens at a ceremony in Echuca recently.
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Members celebrate over the weekend.
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Frank Hill is thrilled with his repaired 1948 grey Fergie.
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