AS patrons flock to Narooma for the start of the Great Southern Blues Festival this long weekend, organisers today reminded motorists to drive safe, not to use hand-held mobile phones while driving and to stick to the speed limits during the double demerit weekend.
Neil Mumme, from the festival said there will be a high number of families expected on the roads this October long weekend and made the plea for those attending the festival to drive safe.
“Our message to motorists this long weekend is to drive safe and to keep it safe by always using a hands-free device for making mobile phone calls while driving and sticking to the speed limit. If motorists need to have a lengthy call, send an SMS, retrieve a message or dial a number, please pull over in a safe place”
“With an increased number of motorists on the road not only due to the festival, but also the long weekend, we want people to arrive safely at the festival and arrive safely home from the festival. It takes only a split-second lapse in concentration to result in an accident and it is simply not worth the risk.
“We also remind drivers to rest every two hours if they are doing a long drive. We want to see our patrons back next year,” Mr Mumme said.
The festival opens on Friday see more details below
What: The Great Southern Blues Festival this year returns to its home in Narooma for its 18th year with a variety of national and international acts
When: Labour Day Long Weekend: Friday to Sunday October 4 to 6
Where: Narooma - Home of The Great Southern Blues Festival
The Great Southern Blues Festival is held at Smyth Oval in Narooma on the NSW South Coast. Located on the coast nestled beside the pristine waters of Wagonga Inlet and surrounded by majestic National Parks, Narooma is situated about five hours south of Sydney, eight hours north of Melbourne and three hours from Canberra. Known more as a sleepy summer holiday destination, Narooma welcomes back The Great Southern Blues Festival this October.
Friday, October 4 6.30pm – 11.30pm
Claude Hay Popa Chubby with Sari Schor (USA)
Minnie Marks Continental Blues Party
Chris Cain (USA) Christina Crofts
Saturday - October 5 11.30am – 11.30pm
Charlie A Court (USA) Wes Pudsey and the Sonic Aces
Pete Cornelius Heath Cullen
Wolf Mail Watermelon Slim (USA) with Fiona Boyes
Third Degree Lime Cordiale
The Holmes Brothers (USA) Kerri Simpson & Shannon Bourne
The Backsliders Popa Chubby and Sari Schor (USA)
Mal Eastick Big Band Chris Wilson & the Crown of Thorns
Sunday - October 6 11.30am – 11.30pm
Daniel Champagne Road to Discovery
Two Rivers Blues Transvaal Diamond Syndicate
The Detonators Howlin’ Steam Train
Ash Grunwald Alan Mulley Blues Revue
Renee Geyer Ezra Lee & his Band
Russell Morris Cyril B Bunter Band
Chris Cain (USA) Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk (USA)
Tickets will be available at the gate over the weekend. But due to limited capacity on the site (subject to DA approval), we recommend purchasing tickets prior to arrival to avoid disappointment at the gate.
To purchase tickets: www.bluesfestival.tv/ticket-sales/
Dial n Charge: (02) 4476 2996
Surrounded by pristine water, beautiful beaches and National Parks, Narooma provides the perfect backdrop for the Great Southern Blues Festival. The intimate, multi stage site in the middle of beautiful Narooma on the NSW South Coast is within easy walking distance of most accommodation which is in itself is something special.
Fast Narooma facts
• The festival sits between 11 million people in Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra.
• The festival is a five hour drive from Sydney, three hours from Canberra and eight hours from Melbourne.
• It is the first festival on the festival season calendar coming out of winter.
• It provides significant input into the community by engaging Surf Life Saving Australia, Rotary and other community groups.
• It provides a kick start for the local Narooma economy coming out of winter.
• Did you know that there is over three kilometres of 'cabling' used by the production team to deliver the sound and vision at the festival?
• Did you know it takes eight days to set the festival site up and only two days to pack it up?
• Did you know that Narooma is one of the best whale watching ports in Australia and that peak time is October?
• Did you know that Narooma hosts an annual 'Oyster Festival' in May every year?
• Did you know that Chris Houston who plays for the NRL club Newcastle Knights comes from Narooma?