THE Great Southern Blues Festival has its mojo back now that it has returned to Narooma, according to festival organiser Neil Mumme.
“We’re very pleased,” Mr Mumme said. “It’s regained its rightful place and definitely got its mojo back.”
Festival organisers confirmed they had experienced the strongest pre-sales in the event’s 16-year history.
“The return to Narooma has proven to be a success and our patrons have shown it with their feet by the record pre-sales we’ve had to date,” Mr Mumme said.
“The Great Southern Blues Festival has regained its status as one of the most highly regarded blues festivals in Australia.
“Narooma is ready for our patrons and we are ready for them.
“The international performers are excited about being a part of the festival and the Australian acts love this event. It’s back to what we do well and what our patrons love.”
For those who don’t yet have tickets, there should be tickets available at the gates.
New this year will be “Ferny’s Juke Joint” in honour of long-time local festivalgoer Steve “Ferny” Elmer, which will feature food by local chef Michael Stokes and a small stage for impromptu performances.
The festival will feature around 30 market and food stalls, including old favourite Joe’s Thai Food as well as newcomers Hard Core Carnivore and Banger Brothers.
The NRL grand final will also be shown on a big screen on Sunday night.
Mr Mumme said Eurobodalla Shire Council had been working hard to get as much done on the adjacent roundabout project with plans to pave sections later this week.
There will be plenty of parking available on the “RTA road reserve” off Barker Parade and a bus will be running each night after 9pm to take patrons home on a circuit of Narooma and Dalmeny.
A heavy police presence is expected in the festival, with organisers paying to hire off duty officers as required, and also on the roads.
“Based on what happened at the Defqon festival recently, I have no doubt that police will be vigilant when it comes to illicit substances.
Narooma police Sergeant Steve Mawson said police would be concentrating on anti-social behaviour, drink driving and other traffic offences, while there would be a heavy security presence around the festival fences and adjacent camping area.
“We encourage people to behave themselves and keep up the good reputation this festival has,” he said.
Who's on what stage?
On Friday night starting at 7pm, blues patrons can expect to see Claude Hay; Chris Cain; and Popa Chubby and Sari Schorr playing on the Peter Phelps Stage.
On the Albert King Stage, Minnie Marks; Christina Crofts and the Continental Blues Party are performing.
On Saturday, the Peter Phelps stage will have Charlie A Court; Pete Cornelius and the Devilles; Watermelon Slim and Fiona Boyes; Third Degree; The Holmes Brothers; Backsliders and Popa Chubby and Sari Schorr performing.
The Albert King Stage on Saturday will host Wes Pudsey and the Sonic Aces; Heath Cullen; Lime Cordiale; Wolf Mail; Shannon Bourne Trio and Kerri Simpson; Mal Eastick Big Band; and Chris Wilson and the Crown of Thorns.
On Sunday patrons on the Peter Phelps stage can expect to see Dumpstaphunk; Russell Morris; Renee Geye; Cyril B Bunter Band; The Detonators, Two River Blues and Daniel Champagne; while the Albert King stage will have Road to Discovery; Transvaal Diamond Syndicate; Howlin Steam Train; Alan Mulley Blues Revue; Ezra Lee and His Band; Ash Grunwald and Chris Cain.
See a full program, list of performers and much much more at: