8 Ball Aitken to hit stage at GrottoFest
NOW in its sixth year, Marburg's GrottoFest is really coming of age and is set to become one of the region's most popular Blues 'n' Roots music festivals.
The festival has confirmed a number of big names for the 2014 line-up, including country and blues favourite 8 Ball Aitken.
The unique performer said he had roots in the Marburg area and could not wait to play at the local festival.
"I am really looking forward to playing Grottofest," he said.
"Playing in Marburg is my kind of audience, it's like playing to a crowd that I am most probably related to. I have family still living in Marburg, Lowood, Haigslea, and Coominya."
Grottofest chairman Tony Cross said the acts kept getting better each year as the festival grew.
"As our reputation grows, we are starting to attract a huge interest from bands, with applications coming in from all over Australia and even overseas," Mr Cross said.
"We are thrilled this year to include two acts from the United States, with 8 Ball Aitken and Kristy Lee set to perform."
GrottoFest band co-ordinator Robbie Burns said he was excited to see big acts like 8 Ball Aitken play live at the festival.
"For anyone who is not up to date with what's hot in Australian music, you only have to read through the biographies of the 2014 acts and you can see that the quality is top shelf," he said.
"These guys have successfully toured Europe and the US and have thousands of followers."
Other acts that have been confirmed to play at the festival include Greg McHugh, We All Want To, Hussy Hicks, Cheap Fakes, Kristy Lee, Dave Flower Band and Soldiers of the Sun.
The family-friendly blues and roots festival will be held on November 1 at Jay-Lee Park in Marburg.
For more information visit grottofest.com or check out the festival's Facebook page.