THE organiser of the Australian Blues Music Festival said he is happy with how this year’s festival panned out but was looking to improve some aspects of it for next year.
“There is always room for improvement as far as I’m concerned but nothing needs to be fixed,” Geoff Bell from Laing Entertainment said.
“We’re getting there - we are growing. We have to evolve and find new ways of doing things, but personally - I had a ball and a lot of money was spent in town.”
He said next year he would like to see a jumping castle and rides for children in the park.
“I am looking to expand it next year and would like to get a corporate sponsor to put more attractions in the park for kids. To me the festival has to be inclusive for everyone,” he said.
Mr Bell said he was pleased with the overall quality of the acts and the turnout of people in the city.
“There was a lot of diversity for festival goers,” he said.
“I know that people came from New Zealand and the Northern Territory, but that numbers from Queensland and Victoria were down, understandably because of the floods.
“But there was a big increase in numbers from the ACT. We were targeting that area. It would be crazy not to market to Canberra with such a big population only an hour away.”
He said he had received a lot of feedback from festival goers.
“One suggestion I kept hearing was whether we could close the main street off in front of Belmore Park and to close Montague and Market streets as well and I will pursue this with Goulburn Mulwaree Council,” he said.
Me Bell said there was plenty of variety on offer for punters.
“The stand out act for me was Dreamboogie. They were phenomenal. Also Halfway to Forth, Shaun Kirk, the Chris Harland Blues Band and Diana Wolfe and The Black Sheep,” he said.
“The Resonators won the busking competition and will be offered a spot in next year’s festival.”
Mr Bell said he had tried to source services locally where possible.
“I liked how we kept it local as much as possible with local sound production crews - well all local except for singer Paul Green, who did sound at the bowling club,” he said.
“I had to source the t-shirts from out of town because of cost, but if anyone can do them locally competitively I will look at using them for next year.”
He thanked Hypercet Printing, Southern Cross 10, The Goulburn Post, Radio 2GN as well as the venue owners, Goulburn Mulwaree Council and the festival goers.
“It was a huge local effort,” he said. Meanwhile, Goulburn Mulwaree Mayor Geoff Kettle said he also thought it was a successful weekend.
“I was in town on Saturday morning and I heard the buskers in the street. It was fantastic,” Cr Kettle said.
“I was also there on Sunday afternoon there was a good crowd in Belmore Park.
“I have been told by the organisers that it was a successful weekend.”