TICKET sales at this year’s Inland Sea of Sound festival increased by more than 70 per cent.
The two-day music festival was held on Mount Panorama on Friday and Saturday, with people from across the region in attendance.
“Ticket sales were well up on 2016’s event with more than 2000 tickets sold this year, with a large percentage of those weekend passes,” Bathurst Regional Council mayor Graeme Hanger said.
“Last year, more than 1150 tickets, including weekend passes, were sold.”
This year’s line-up included four ARIA nominated artists, Bernard Fanning, Dan Sultan, Meg Mac and The Idea Of North, along with a host of local and regional musicians.
Cr Hanger said this year’s line up for Inland Sea of Sound built on the success of last year.
“To continue to grow the popularity of the event it was important to offer a range of artists that would draw people to the event,” he said.
“The event attracted festivalgoers from the local region, plus visitors from Sydney and other locations, and the crowd enjoyed the music, food and atmosphere.”
A number of visitors to the city posted on the Western Advocate’s Facebook page to praise the annual event, including Desiree Basteau.
“It was fabulous. So much fun. We bought our whole family from Wollongong and Sydney who also loved it. We plan on making this an annual family event. Bring on 2018,” she wrote.
Kris Schubert posted: “We had friends and family come from Sydney for both days, and we all absolutely loved it. It's just getting better each year, highlights were Mia Dyson and William Crighton I reckon.”
Cr Hanger said the festival was growing in reputation and stature and added to the diversity of council’s annual events calendar.
Despite the chilly weather on both nights, the festival will continue to be held at this time of year.
“The timing of Inland Sea of Sound has been scheduled to fit within the other major events run by council, and also to fit in with the availability of Mount Panorama as the event venue,” Cr Hanger said.
“Council will now review the festival, a process that occurs after all our major events.”