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Festival has Menindee buzzing

Friday, 17th May, 2019

Neil Murray wrote the smash hit “My Island Home” and others such as “Good Light in Broome”. He is among the top acts playing in Menindee next weekend. Neil Murray wrote the smash hit “My Island Home” and others such as “Good Light in Broome”. He is among the top acts playing in Menindee next weekend.

By Emily McInerney

The “Dancing on the Darling” music festival is fast approaching and it has Menindee buzzing.

The festival has been organised by the Menindee Tourist Association to give the town a boost after the Darling River disaster and the fish kills.

The show will take place from Friday, May 24, to Sunday, May 26, with some top Australian musicians in the line-up.

The show will also be broadcast on the radio all weekend.

Menindee local Graeme McCrabb said everything was running to plan and there was a lot of interest in the town and well beyond, even as far away as Brisbane.

“There are eight acts for the weekend and the itinerary has been sorted,” Mr McCrabb said.

“A lot of friends and relatives are coming back to Menindee for the weekend and the weather is looking like it will be really good.”

Mr McCrabb said there were still a few accommodation spots left but free camping was available as well.

“Most of the accommodation has booked out. There are some units still available at Copi Hollow as well as powered sites.

“There are some sites available at Menindee Caravan Park and lots of free camping.”

He said there will be plenty to do to keep the family entertained including kids’ activities, face painting, art exhibitions and all the shops will be open.

Footy clubs will be selling sausage sandwiches and hamburgers, and a junior rugby competition has been arranged for the Sunday. 

“There’s a real buzz in Menindee with the festival coming up and also on the back of the fish hatchery announcement,” said Mr McCrabb.

“We hope there will be some water coming down soon as well.”

Mr McCrabb said he hopes lots of Broken Hill residents will come along for the festival.

“We’re hoping that everyone that comes has a really good time. We want people to see the better side of Menindee. Come up, relax and have a great time.”

The top line-up features Greg Champion, Neil Murray, Marcia Howard, Floyd Vincent and the Temple Dogs, Chloe and Jason Roweth and Sandra White.

Entry to the festival is free - the Tourist Association is just asking for a gold coin donation.

(For more information or to see the itinerary visit the Menindee Tourism Facebook page).

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