Great weekend ahead
Friday, 23rd February, 2018
By Emily Ferguson
The Silverton Hotel is bringing country music back to the country, as they say, with the inaugural Silverton Sunsets Music Festival.
After a hugely successful month of music events in February last year, hosted by Catherine Britt and husband James Beverley, the owners of the Silverton Hotel, Peter and Patsy Price, along with Catherine and James are backing it up again this year with their very first music festival.
The festivities begin on Friday night, February 23 with the Bushwackers performing a bush dance.
Festival day kicks off on Saturday at 10am with the Songwriters in the old church.
The festival itself begins at 12 noon and will continue until midnight.
On Sunday there will be a recovery day from 11am to 2pm, with an awesome family band ‘Rob Imeson and the Family Tree.’
It is strongly suggested that tickets be purchased before the festival begins. Tickets are for sale for $139.03 but will be full price if purchased at the gate on Saturday.
By pre-purchasing tickets, you will have access to the Friday night dance and be able to go straight in on Saturday rather than having to line up.
Pre-purchased tickets allow for free bus rides to and from Silverton. Buses will run from 9am until 1pm every hour on the hour, leaving from the pickup point at the Palace Hotel. When returning from Silverton, the buses will run from 9pm until 1pm as well, every hour on the hour, returning to the Argent Street post office.
Due to the location of the festival and lack of ATM machines at Silverton, it is recommended that attendees bring cash with them for food and beverages.
Food will be available at the pub and there will also be food stalls.
“We love this area, we’ve put a lot of hard work into this and the festival has been in the works for a year. We are really grateful for the continued support - pre-sales have been great,” said festival organiser, Catherine Britt.
“We hope the town gets behind us so we can continue to do this in the future. We want to bring music back to the outback,” said James Beverley.
Peter and Patsy Price said they were honoured to have built a connection with Catherine and James so as to be able to together develop something like this in the outback.
Peter said: “Through this association we’ve been able to bring these artists to our wonderful town and area.
“The support of this first one will hopefully lead us onto a bigger and better show in 2019,” he said.
Tickets can be purchased online at silvertonsunsetsmusicfestival.com or by calling the Silverton Hotel on 8088 5313.