Artist Nicky Bomba (second from right) and loyal festival-goers let loose at Grotto Fest 2012.
Artist Nicky Bomba (second from right) and loyal festival-goers let loose at Grotto Fest 2012. David De Groot

Marburg Grotto Fest ignites

GROTTO Fest, the festival that has put Marburg on the music map, has exploded in popularity from being a backyard party and is getting bigger and better every year.

Organisers of Marburg's original music festival of blues, roots and rock, said this year looks to be no exception.

Grotto Fest committee secretary Larissa Cross explained how the boutique festival started as a backyard party in 2008 and had quickly grown in popularity with musicians and supporters alike.

The all ages festival encourages families to come along and enjoy the fun at the Grotto Fest in Marburg. Photo: Nikita Schultz / Contributed
The all ages festival encourages families to come along and enjoy the fun at the Grotto Fest in Marburg. Photo: Nikita Schultz / Contributed Contributed

Each year since then, an ever-increasing number of avid music fans have congregated in the natural outdoor amphitheatre at Jay-Lee Park, Marburg.

"Once people have experienced the Grotto Fest and understand what we are all about, they absolutely love it and promise to return the next year," Ms Cross said.

The excitement is already building with loyal festival-goers participating in the Grotto Fest promotional video shoot last week with Brisbane band Brother Fox.

Brisbane based band, Brother Fox, performed for loyal festival supporters in Marburg. Photo: Nikita Schultz / Contributed
Brisbane based band, Brother Fox, performed for loyal festival supporters in Marburg. Photo: Nikita Schultz / Contributed Contributed

The festival will take place on Saturday, November 2, with the line-up being released next month.

Band co-ordinator Robbie Burns is not giving anything away when it comes to the 2013 line-up.

"The full 2013 line-up is a secret for now. Expect the first announcement in early August. What I can tell you is that this year we have a major interstate act headlining," he said.

"The festival is about providing an opportunity for people in the greater Ipswich region to access an excellent music festival showcasing some of Australia's finest blues and roots acts at an affordable price."

Brisbane based band Brother Fox performed for loyal Grotto Fest supporters in Marburg. Photo: Nikita Schultz / Contributed
Brisbane based band Brother Fox performed for loyal Grotto Fest supporters in Marburg. Photo: Nikita Schultz / Contributed Contributed

Previous acts have included names such as Nicky Bomba, A French Butler Called Smith, Transvaal Diamond Syndicate, Drawn From Bees and Greg McHugh.

Grotto Fest is a non-profit organisation and donates its profits to charities such as the Cancer Foundation and to local families experiencing trauma or facing financial difficulties.

Hosting 12 hours of live music ranging from blues and roots to reggae and rock, The Grotto Fest offers fans a full day of local and interstate musical talent.

For more information visit the Grotto Fest Facebook page or visit the website at grottofest.com.


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