Singer Kirsty Falconer raises the roof at Marburg’s 2011 Grotto Fest.
Singer Kirsty Falconer raises the roof at Marburg’s 2011 Grotto Fest. David Nielsen

Cool vibes at festival

MARBURG'S Grotto Fest pumped at the weekend, showcasing 12 hours of live and local music to raise money for charities.

The festival attracted about 400 avid music fans who congregated in the natural outdoor amphitheatre at Jay-Lee Park, Marburg.

Founder and organiser Tony Cross said he received nothing but positive feedback from festival goers.

"They loved the acts and loved the general atmosphere and style of music," Mr Cross said.

"We had blues and roots and a little bit of rock. It was a good mix of everything and we've had nothing but extremely positive feedback."

A French Butler Called Smith headlined this year's festival.

"The quality of the bands was a good step forward for us," Mr Cross said.

"French Butler and Nicky Bomba wowed them last night, even my son got up there and was playing bongos and he's only seven.

"Transvaal Diamond cranked it and Greg McHugh had a great set and he really wowed the crowd."

Other acts were The Dave Flower Band, Mojo Webb Levic, Sub Judice, Kirsti Falconer, Dollarbird Drive, Green Gin Baby The Loose n Nasty Show and Athol Birnie.

"Other than having a great day, the Grotto Festival's main objective was to support rising, local musicians and to raise funds to support local families in need of assistance," Mr Cross said.

"We will donate $2 from every adult ticket sold towards our charity which will provide financial assistance to a family in our local area.

The recipient family will be announced in the coming weeks.



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