Festival draws relaxed crowd

LOCALS and visitors gathered in force for the first Murwillumbah Country Roots Festival at the long weekend.

Among the first punters on Friday afternoon were Ilze Jannbenzins and Carolyn Hastie, who said they'd purchased the second and third tickets to the festival, when they went on sale last December.

"We're passionate about out town and about supporting music," Ms Jannbenzins said.

She said they thought it was great to have an event like the Country Roots Festival in their town.

Ms Hastie said she loved the "community spirit" the festival brought about.

Headliner Kasey Chambers, who brought her children to the festival for the whole weekend, performed a sneaky Friday afternoon show ahead of her Sunday set, to fill in for festival director Lou Bradley, who had lost her voice.

Steve Sheridan, from Brunswick Heads, said he'd like to see the festival grow into the future.

The festival will continue today.

For the full line-up, visit mcrfest.com.



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