Blues festival planned

A new blues music one day festival and barbecue set for March 2016 will aim to satisfy blues music lovers and families of the Central Coast, Sydney and Newcastle.

To be named the Girrakool Blues Festival, it is intended as an annual event named after the nearby Aboriginal named waterfalls. It will be held on the first weekend in March by Xabc Entertainment.

In a New Orleans theme, the Girrakool Blues Festival will offer the Central Coast and its visitors, a day of quality, international, national and local blues and roots acts, in a family friendly, relaxed atmosphere, all at a reasonable price, within the surrounds of Mt Penang Garden Parklands, Kariong.

Festival director and Xabc Entertainment owner, Bruce Johnson said: “I feel the Central Coast is crying out for an event like this, and since it will be held in the stunning garden parklands, it will be easily accessible and can cater to everyone,” he said.

“Patrons can bring their rugs and chairs to enjoy the afternoon of world-class music and soul food from our selectively picked stalls, including a unique American Southern style BBQ.

“Good music and good food is good for the soul,” Mr Johnson said. “It’s what makes people feel good. “This is why we’ve incorporated all the elements, music, food and great surrounds, it has all the positives and can only be enriching for the soul.”

Apart from the music, it will have a strong Aboriginal content, with indigenous bands, Welcome to Country Ceremony, women’s activities and with the potential of short tours to the Girrakool waterfalls and engravings.

“The Central Coast is one of most indigenous rich areas of Australia. “I think showing off our indigenous culture is vitally important to our community and provides another unique aspect to our festival.”

Media release,
6 Aug 2015
Bruce Johnson, Xabc

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