Visitors to Wingham will once again be able to rock out to an all-star line-up when the Wingham Akoostik Music Festival returns in 2022 thanks to $168,436 support from the NSW Government’s Regional Events Acceleration Fund.
Nationals Member for Myall Lakes, Stephen Bromhead said the festival was a major drawcard for the Wingham area, and the return of the event will be greatly anticipated by music enthusiasts across NSW.
“The festival is a regional favourite, loved by its community and the growing number of visitors delighted to return each year to see live music, participate in workshops, witness new art-forms, and see what the Myall Lakes is all about” Mr Bromhead said.
“The festival started in 2007 and (almost) every year since then the audience, performances and the volunteer organisation have all grown.”
Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW Paul Toole said the festival line-up includes a major artist renowned internationally and sure to draw in music fans from across NSW.
“The Wingham Akoostik Music Festival has been running for 15 years and is proving itself as one of the most popular events in the Myall Lakes, and this year will be no different with great music and a return to the centre of town,” Mr Toole said.
“This year’s festival is sure to be bigger and better than ever with an all-star line-up featuring a major headline act to be announced in April along with Daryl Braithwaite, Wolfe Brothers, The Black Sorrows, Darren Jack, Bill Chambers, Imogen Clarke and 20 other acts confirmed.
“Supporting big ticket events like this in regional NSW is what brings our economy into gear and back up to speed, and I can’t wait to see the benefits this event will bring for communities not only in the Mid-North Coast but right across the regions.”
Wingham Akoostik Music Festival organiser Donna Ballard said the funding is helping to ensure the festival will be back better than ever, with major headline performers each evening of the three day event.
“While it was disappointing having to postpone last year’s event, funding from the Regional Event’s Acceleration Fund has meant we’re able to come back and offer something even bigger and better this year,” Ms. Ballard said.
The $40 million Regional Events Acceleration Fund is part of the $2 billion Regional Growth Fund, designed to support growing regional centres, activate local economies and improve services and community infrastructure for regional communities.
For further information go to: nsw.gov.au/REAFund.
The Festival runs from October 14-16.