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12 February, 2024

Music diversity draws crowds

AN estimated crowd of well over 300 music fans enjoyed last Saturday’s Ignite Music Festival in Warrnambool.

By Staff Writer

Music diversity draws crowds - feature photo

A diverse range of bands and performers converged on Civic Green to provide audiences with an afternoon and evening of music and song.

“We had hoped for a crowd of about 200 but looking at the figures we had about 350 attend throughout the day on Saturday and there was hundreds more standing outside the fence having a look,” Convict Class’ Shane Stenhouse said.

“We are absolutely ecstatic with how the day went; couldn’t have asked for anything more.

“The diversity of the bands and performers, the set-up, the sound, the location, it was all brilliant.”

“As the organising band we are hoping to hold the event again next year but that will rely on grant funding and community support.”

Mr Stenhouse said organisers were grateful for the support of many local volunteers, businesses and organisations who got behind the event and helped make it happen.

“Everyone who performed was extremely grateful for the opportunity and they all received rave reviews,” he said.

“We don’t like to single anyone out but Lisztomania was the real surprise packed of the day. The girls were really good and they have a new EP coming out soon which is exciting.

“Our short-term plans are to continue advocating for local venues to give performers who played on Saturday the opportunity for increased local exposure.”

Mr Stenhouse encouraged all local musicians to “chase their dreams” and think big.

“Anything is possible in the music industry,” he said.

“The Ascended kicked off its national tour at Ignite Music Festival and our band, Convict Class, is about to release a new single before we head to the UK and Europe in July/August. That trip culminates inp laying at the Rebellion Punk Music Festival in Blackpool.”


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