For its third year, the Gerringong Surf Music Festival is stepping up a notch with founder Adam Loxley devising an expanded format to help it develop into a self-funding destination event.
In a nod to its roots, the opening and closing events will feature live music at the Gerringong Bowling Club. However on the Saturday the action will move to in and around Gerringong Town Hall.
“The Festival has really grown on the back of last year’s amazing success.
“It was such a great night of music and a huge crowd. This year we are building two stages for 14 bands, and have local food, beer and wines stalls inside the hall, jumping castles and face painting. It should be great afternoon and night.”
Held to coincide with the Werri Slash, in this year’s celebration of surf music the best bands from Gerringong, Kiama and the Illawarra are being joined by two bands from Sydney, including the headlining Mitchell Anderson Organic Orchestra.
“We really want the Surf Music Festival and Werri Slash to be a weekend long destination event for tourists, and with support from Kiama Council and the Bowling Club we have managed to achieve that. It should be great for local business and a great weekend of music and surfing.”
The program will see the bands alternate between the stages, one of which will be outside the Town Hall. That stage will wind down at sunset, with the action moving inside.
Ticketholders will be able to move between the two areas.
“Until now we have been relying on the generosity of sponsors to provide a totally free event,” says Adam.
“They have been great, but that is not a sustainable model. The ticket sales and other income we can make will allow us to raise some funding so the event can grow to reach its potential.”
Details: Friday 5 May, Gerringong Bowlo. Live music 7-10pm (free event)
Saturday 6 May, Gerringong Town Hall: Live music, stalls, jumping castle, face painting, Noon-11pm (tickets $20)
Sunday 7 May, Gerringong Bowlo. Live music 3-8pm (free event)
Werri Slash Surf Competition: 6-7 May, 7am-4pm each day