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The inaugural Murwillumbah Country Roots Fest, which was held from 2 -5 October at the Murwillumbah Showgrounds, has been heralded as a huge success. The event, which was touted to feature 60 Australian-only acts across three main stages, actually ended up featuring more artists who turned up to perform across the weekend. Due to the success and incredible feedback received, organisers have already confirmed that the event will return for the October long weekend in 2016, with plans underway on the line-up.
Organiser, ARIA-nominated artist Lou Bradley says the weekend was everything she envisioned. “We built a family, not a festival,” she says. “I loved walking across the fields and seeing everyone so relaxed and enjoying themselves. It was a music festival in the truest sense and people left having a great musical experience.”
The festival achieved its anticipated 2000-plus punters per day throughout the weekend and was warmly embraced by the local shire. In fact, Lou says there was a huge amount of locals who attended the event across the weekend. “We are looking forward to growing that number next year,” she says. “There were so many locals and people who had never been to a festival before. We already have people asking when they can buy tickets for next year.”
The line-up across the weekend featured the likes of Kasey Chambers, Bill Chambers, Archie Roach, Sara Storer, Busby Marou and The Flood, to name a few. Lou says here were multiple highlights, including Shane Howard and Busby Marou on the Wollumbin Stage and Bill Chambers and the Hillbilly Goats on the Men’s Shed stage. The Opry Stage was inundated by artists who wanted to perform. “People were worried it wouldn’t work,” says Lou of the Opry Stage, which was a solely unplugged set-up. “It was intimate, everybody who got to play loved it. It was raw talent and people got to see the artists as they were. Punters said it was amazing they could get so close to the performers.”
There were no major issues across the event either. Lou says the police were happy with how it went and will revise their licensing for the 2016 festival. The onsite camping was also a huge success, especially due to its proximity to the festival. Everyone involved was proud of how clean the festival was and the minimal amount of rubbish left over at the end for clean-up.
Looking forward to 2016, Lou plans on keeping the concept the same, programming the festival all about the music. She says there will also be more shady areas installed and they will revamp the bars for a more ambient atmosphere. “The showgrounds are booked for next year, it is in their calendar,” says Lou. “There are no artists confirmed yet, but stay tuned. All the artists have already emailed to say thanks and that the festival was great. We will have a line-up announcement for 2016 soon.”
For more information on the Murwillumbah Country Roots Fest, please visit www.mcrfest.com
The Murwillumbah Country Roots Fest is held at the Murwillumbah Showgrounds in Murwillumbah NSW, 45-minutes north of Byron Bay and 45-minutes east of Nimbin across the October long weekend.