Bigger, better Jazz Festival
Saturday, 12th January, 2008
Lovers of live music can rejoice, as one of the city's most popular events is returning this year.
The Outback And All That Jazz Festival has been reformatted into a two-day music festival that will be held at the racecourse. While the ambience of the former venue - the Living Desert - will be hard to match, Red Desert Live Committee Chairman Jason King is confident the event will still be a hit.
"Featuring the unique desert setting in an intimate and fun atmosphere will be our highest priority," said Mr King. "This event is a celebration of music, arts and culture in Broken Hill and a real chance to show off our special place in the world.
"It's going to be a fantastic event. One of the best things will be showcasing the racecourse in a different light. "As the sun is setting over the hills, it's absolutely beautiful out there." Mr King said the move to the racecourse was necessary because the Living Desert can only hold a maximum of 1,500 patrons and the committee had a five-year plan to create a three-day festival that will attract 10,000 people. "The racecourse will provide us with a venue that will be open to the huge influx in festival goers who will be drawn to an incredible line-up at a really special event," Mr King said. "It was not an easy decision for the committee to make, but long-term it is the best choice."
The format of the festival will also be different in that it will focus on celebrating the desert's attraction's over two days instead of a single evening. This year's festival, to be held on October 11 and 12, will incorporate the Big Screen movie festival and an exhibition of bush food "We want to celebrate music, together with arts and cultural activities in Broken Hill," Mr King said. "We want to make sure we can provide something locals will love, as well as visitors."
The committee has confirmed the rocking blues band, The Backsliders, will be on the bill for the October 11 concert, and is now working to secure other big name acts. "We're really excited to see that everything is progressing to a point where we can now picture an amazing experience for all involved," Mr King said. "The Backsliders were one of the great crowd pleasers at the last Outback Jazz concert (in 2006) and they're bound to get people jumping again. "This is a great chance for people who missed out to see them in action."