Riverboats and relaxation

February 17, 2017

Iconic: Charlie Owen and Paul Kelly headline the Riverboats Music Festival this year.

People enjoy the relaxed atmosphere at the Riverboats Music Festival.

Thousands of people will travel to Echuca for the Riverboats Music Festival this weekend, when popular acts such as Paul Kelly and Charlie Owen will perform on the banks of the Murray River.

Festival director David Frazer said by midweek, tickets were only available for today, the opening day of the three-day festival, which is now in its sixth year.

‘‘We’ve managed to be successful in a busy calendar weekend and have attracted some pretty sensational line-ups, with big names such as Paul Kelly coming out to play this year,’’ Mr Frazer said.

‘‘Word is really getting out there.’’

Mr Frazer said people were also drawn to the festival because of the intimate Aquatic Reserve venue where they could listen to music under the canopy of river red gums while watching historic paddlesteamers pass by in the background.

‘‘There is plenty of support from the local community for the event that contributes millions of dollars into the local economy,’’ he said.

‘‘About 70 per cent of the festival-goers are coming from Melbourne and they will be staying in town and spending money at local restaurants and cafes.

‘‘It’s a family-friendly festival and it should be a great weekend, with mild weather forecast for the three days.’’

Some of the other headlining acts at the festival are Hoodoo Gurus and Husky and Mia Dyson, who will join homegrown talent such as James Reyne, Cash Savage and the Last Drinks, Shane Howard, Melody Pool, William Crighton, The Meltdown, Mighty Duke and The Lords and Karl S. Williams for an amazing weekend of music.

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