Organiser of the Grafton Fairdinkum Country Music roundup, Bob Vickers, takes a look over The Barn at the Grafton Showground, where the music festival will be held.
Organiser of the Grafton Fairdinkum Country Music roundup, Bob Vickers, takes a look over The Barn at the Grafton Showground, where the music festival will be held. Adam Hourigan

Fairdinkum fest a hit

WHEN Bob Vickers set about organising a “fairdinkum” country music festival, he never imagined he would receive such a high level of interest.

“It is always what you want when you are organising something like this, but to actually receive it is amazing,” he said.

“I have had sponsors call me up out of the blue wanting to get on board, people wanting to buy tickets and artists wanting to play. It has all worked out amazingly well.”

Mr Vickers' brainchild, The Grafton Fairdinkum Country Music Round Up, will take place on November 10-13 and will be based from the Grafton Showground, however, there have been a few other local venues come on board.

“We have the ability to put over 300 camper units at the showground, which is the most exciting development of late,” he said.

“To have a base in the middle of town and to have the barn for people to perform in is a really great thing.”

Other venues across Grafton willing to host performances include the Five Mile Hotel in South Grafton, with artists playing back-to-back from 10am to 10pm every day during the extravaganza, and the Grafton District Services Club, which is hoping to stage a concert every night of the festival.

Concert fees have now been set at $100 per person, which includes a powered camp site for the week and a pass to all venues.

A meeting will be held at the Grafton District Services Club on Wednesday, March 30, at 9am for any parties who are interested in becoming involved in the roundup or who want to know what is on the cards for the week.

For more information and tickets, head to www.graftoncountrymusic.com.au

In other music news, don't forget about the Flame Tree Music Festival at the Grafton Racecourse on Saturday.



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