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Howard Music Festival 2017

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by Susan J Bowes (subscribe)
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James Blundell comes to perform in Howard
The small town of Howard on the Fraser Coast is just the place where you can kick back and enjoy life in a relaxed and peaceful style. Friday 15th to Sunday 17th September, the township will come alive with the inaugural Howard Music Festival.

Concerts, Music, Festivals, Howard, Fraser Coast, Country Music, Entertainment, Food
Photo courtesy of Howard Country Music Festival


The Festival, which is to be run over three days, will be held at the Howard Reserve in Steley Street and is a joint venture between the Burrum District Community Centre and the Rotary Club of Hervey Bay. The Burrum District Community President, Faye Whiffin, said that the festival was a culmination of a long-term plan to bring major entertainment to Howard and in doing so assist in boosting tourism, bring prosperity back into the town and also put Howard on the map of places to visit.

Drawing approximately twenty-five acts, renowned Australian Blues legend James Blundell will head the event. Other artists in the programme are -

James Blundell, Country Music, Music, Entertainment, Festivals, Concerts, Near Maryborough, Howard, Queensland
Photo courtesy of James Blundell Facebook page


Friday 15 September Frank Benn, Sam Maddison, Graham Howle, Forbidden Road, Jesse Morris Band, Dogwood Crossing and 8ball Aitken

Saturday 16 September Leonie Kingdom, Derek Smith, Shaun Beckett, Lou Parker, Dust, Phoebe Jay, Luan Baldwin, Darryl & the Devil, Sam West, Brewn, Jesse Morris Band and James Blundell.

Sunday 17 September Mal Clarke & Tony Worsley, Matt Barker, Steve Case, Wal Neilsen, Fiona O'Shea, Knight Kite and The Dennis Sisters

Phoebe Jay, Country Music, Music, Entertainment, Festivals, Concerts, Near Maryborough, Howard, Queensland
Photo courtesy of Phoebe Jay's facebook page


For the three fun filled days of entertainment tickets will cost $125 per person and individual prices for one-day entry can be located on the website. Children under twelve years of age and accompanied by a paying adult are free; however, tickets for children must also be registered through Eventbrite. There are no refunds once tickets have been purchased; however, if after purchasing a ticket you are unable to attend, you can pass your printable ticket onto a friend. Once the ticket or QR code is scanned, the ticket then becomes un-transferrable. On entry, three-day wrist bands will be provided and you must wear these at all times, as a replacement will incur a fee of $25.00. For entry into the event you will need to bring your printed ticket or the ticket QR code which is supplied through the Eventbrite App.

Fiona O'Shea, Country Music, Music, Entertainment, Festivals, Concerts, Near Maryborough, Howard, Queensland
Photo courtesy of Fiona O'Shea's facebook page


There will be plenty of food vendors on site all weekend and as this is a licensed event beer prices will be $4.00 and spirits at $8.00 each. No food, drugs or alcohol will be permitted into the festival and security will be present to check all bags carried into the event. Although there will be some seating available, it is suggested you bring your own chair.

The Howard train station is situated directly opposite the event. Otherwise, if bringing your own caravan or test you may like to stay at one of the local caravan parks, which are affordable and close by. Shuttle buses will be running to and front the event daily. If you are driving each day, parking can be located on site or close by in town's streets.

Concerts, Music, Festivals, Howard, Fraser Coast, Country Music, Entertainment, Food
Brooklyn House, stately Queenslander Home in Howard (Author's photo)


Money raised from the festival will go towards keeping the local Burrum District Community Centre open with support from The Rotary Club and Fraser Coast Regional Council. It is hoped that the festival will become an annual event.

Opening times for the festival are as follows:

Friday 15 September 4.00pm to 10.00pm
Saturday 16 September - 10.00am to 10.00pm
Sunday 17 September 10.00am to 4.00pm

More information can be located on the website or by emailing howardmusicfestival@gmail.com
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Why? Three days of country music fun
When: Friday 15th to Sunday 17th September, 2017
Phone: 07 4129 0996
Where: Howard Reserve Howard, QLD 4659
Cost: $125 3-day pass, one day pass available
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