The Hussy Hicks perform at the Flame Tree festival.
The Hussy Hicks perform at the Flame Tree festival.

Turnout low at music festival

AS a music event, the Flame Tree Festival was a success, but when it came to turnout, it could only be described as a huge disappointment.

About 300 people were shown through the gates at the Grafton Racecourse by Dawn Collison and her swag of volunteers, while 1000 were needed for the event to break even.

“The lack of community support really has led me to question a community that I totally and fully believed in,” Dawn said.

“People are continuously saying that there is nothing to do in Grafton, however when you organise an event it doesn’t get supported. To put it plainly, I am just devastated.

“In the end, it is a bit of a circle. Events like Flame Tree are started with the community in mind, but because no one supports them, they aren’t repeated. If people in Grafton want more things to do, they have to support what they already have,” Dawn said.

For the second year in a row the event has run at a loss, which means there will be no donation to the Grafton Base Hospital and Dawn will seriously have to think about staging a similar event next year.

“At the moment, we are looking at a bill that will be around $15,000. The possibility of a 2012 event is very up in the air,” she said.

Although the turnout was not what Dawn expected or hoped for, she said that everyone who was there had a great time and really enjoyed the music.

“We had loads of comment that the line-up was brilliant, that there was enough variety so everyone got what they wanted out of the day, which is what we had planned for from the beginning. So in that respect, Flame Tree was a success.

“I really thank God for my volunteers and thank The Daily Examiner and Radio 2GF who have been great supporters of the event.”



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