AFTER many months of planning and deliberation, it has been announced that the Great Southern Blues Festival will return to its original home of Narooma, on October 4, 5 and 6 this year.
The festival had been relocated to Batemans Bay in an effort to expand the popular community event and give more music fans the opportunity to enjoy some of the best blues and rockabilly live acts in the world.
While the festival staged in Batemans Bay was a great success, the resounding feedback from the long term patrons of the event, was that they missed the event being staged in Narooma and lobbied for organisers to ‘bring it home’.
Festival Producer Neil Mumme decided to spend some time planning the return to Narooma and wanted to ensure that the long-term supporters of the event were rewarded with one of the best line ups yet, and therefore decided to put the festival on hold for a year before announcing the next event.
Also part of the changes for the event will be the retrieval of 100 per cent ownership for Neil Mumme, who had previously shared the event with concert and festival promoter, Chugg Entertainment.
Executive Chairman of Chugg Entertainment, Michael Chugg, said of the news; “We’ve all worked together to come to a decision as to how the production of the event would move forward and decided that it’s best in the hands of Neil and his team.
“We will still be involved in a supportive role, but Neil will take on the full responsibility of producing the event, along with his great people”.
Mr Mumme is excited about the challenge of rebuilding the festival that started here in Narooma in 1996.
“We are most looking forward to reconnecting with all the folks that supported the event previously,” Mr Mumme said.
“We have heard and responded to the feedback from our punters and we share their enthusiasm in taking the festival home.
“While we need to tinker a little around the edges, the essence of the event will be in the same special ‘Narooma’ tradition."
Mumme and his team have already started work on the artist line up and confirm that it’s going to top anything the punters have seen before and provide a memorable homecoming.
There will also be onsite camping for those who want the convenience of settling in for the weekend.