BIRDSVILLE is famous for its iconic outback pub, Tamworth for its country music festival, and Patchewollock will become famous for linking both together when it hosts the  inaugural Patchewollock Music Festival on October 18-20.
Following on from last year’s hugely successful “Year of the Farmer Concert”, the  laidback, family friendly festival will feature free entertainment for all tastes, with a wonderful variety of live music, bush poetry, children’s entertainment, music workshops and impromptu performances.
Sheep racing is back, bigger and better than ever, there is full catering onsite and there is even free camping.
One of the highlights of this year’s festival is sure to be the  Perch Creek Family Jugband, who are making a stopover in Patchewollock as part of their national tour.
From playing live on “Spicks and Specks”, to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, The Perch Creek Family Jug Band have a long history of working, touring, playing and living together.
Excitement about the event was further boosted when it received a $5,000 State Government grant as part of the flagship $1 billion regional investment, the Regional Growth Fund.
Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional and Rural Development Peter Ryan said the inaugural festival was expected to attract more than 1,000 revellers from across the region and state.
“The idea for the Patchewollock Music Festival came from an event in Patchewollock last year which celebrated the Year of the Farmer,” Mr Ryan said.
“That one-off event,  bringing people together to celebrate bush life, attracted about 950 people from across the region and state,” he said.
“It was so successful that organisers decided to host a bigger and better event this year to encourage tourists and visitors to Patchewollock to spend the weekend and boost local businesses.”
“There is sufficient camping, caravan and other accommodation in the town and nearby district, and extending the event to three days will also provide a longer period for local businesses to benefit and participate as local community members.”
Mr Ryan said the festival will help showcase local music, theatre and spoken word art performers and offer performance workshops across two stages set up for the event.
“It will be a true cultural exchange between artists, communities and businesses throughout the region,” Mr Ryan said.
For more information about the festival visit www.patchewollockmusicfestival.com.au