Clayton Ford from Welcome to Television on stage at Grotto Fest.
Clayton Ford from Welcome to Television on stage at Grotto Fest. Sarah Harvey

Grotto Fest drums up a great day for revellers

HUNDREDS of people flocked to the Marburg Grotto Fest at the weekend, with popular music acts keeping revellers entertained for hours.

Some of the finest performers of blues and roots music took the stage in Marburg on Saturday afternoon, with fine weather prompting a massive turnout at Jay-Lee Park.

Grotto Fest founder and organiser Larissa Cross said they could not have asked for a better turn-out at the event, now in its fourth year.

"There are too many highlights to mention - however the community drumming workshops went so well, we kept with the African drumming theme throughout the festival," she said.

Mrs Cross said bands behind the scenes "watched and used each other, mix and matching their talents".

The festival featured a line-up of local artists as well as up-and-coming Australian blues and roots bands.

Renowned solo artist, and drummer for the John Butler Trio, Nicky Bomba led his way through the revellers and got the whole crowd worked up.

The festival line-up also included independent Brisbane blues rockers Transvaal Diamond Syndicate.

Drawn from Bees, heralding from Ipswich, also performed their style of progressive art rock.

Organisers thanked the various donors and sponsors for what had been a big year of preparations.



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