Sweet Sunsets success
Tuesday, 27th February, 2018
By Myles Burt
The Silverton Sunsets Festival has left a mark on the Far West with country music attendees and musicians very happy about the outcome of the event.
Festival organiser James Beverly said he was incredibly happy with the abundance of locals and travellers that made it over to the Silverton Hotel.
“We’re glad we got to deliver a good line-up to the locals who have been really kind to us anytime we’ve done anything out here,” he said.
“We got a lot of out-of-towners at the quiet time of year, which was unexpected, but just proves we’re onto a good thing.”
Mr Beverley said it was special to show off this part of the world to people who haven’t been here or haven’t come back in a long time.
He said the praise was very appreciated from attendees, with around 550 presale tickets sold and staff still looking to count those who rocked up on the day.
“Everyone was just blown away and very appreciative, which is always nice when you get to hear that,” he said.
The attendees that came were very well behaved and seemed to have an all round great day, according to Mr Beverley.
“They were just all unbelievably well behaved and we can’t thank everyone enough.”
Mr Beverley said a lot of acts like The Bushwackers, John Williamson, The Sunny Cowgirls and Fanny Lumsden stayed at the pub on the Sunday, which showed the musicians weren’t in a rush to get home.
“The comments we had from all of them were that it was probably one of the best and most memorable, and they were well looked after ... which was just awesome to hear.
“For us to get them all out here and show them a good time, and more importantly a good crowd, they just loved it.”
The Silverton Hotel is now looking to next year to continue the Silverton Sunsets festival, with artists already interested.
“Before this one we’ve had artists that couldn’t make it, and they are asking to go on it next year.”
Mr Beverly said the line-up would remain Australian-only and acoustic but won’t always be predominately country, as they wish to broaden their ideas in providing the best entertainment to locals and travellers.
“We’re going to try and keep delivering the best line-up we can and hopefully build on that.”