WUNTA Fiesta is back this weekend with its biggest musical line-up yet.
Organisers are expecting record numbers for the event, which includes drawcard act Evermore tomorrow night and the longest list of local bands the festival has seen.
Wunta Fiesta committee vice-chairwoman Donna Gladman said organisers were excited to bring Evermore to Warrnambool but also to showcase local talent. “Every year we try and get some good local acts and change it round to get a different taste of what we have locally,” she said.
As well as Evermore, tomorrow night’s Wunta Live in the CBD will feature Melbourne band The Deep End, Hamilton’s Still Trees, returning local lad Brady James and the Lost Boys, and Koroit’s Kayla Dwyer, fresh back from the Tamworth Country Music Festival.
Jazz in the Gardens on Saturday will have Richard Tankard’s Jazz Fracas entertaining crowds at the Warrnambool Botanic Gardens, plus Gazjaz and Warrnie Heroes, the latter made up of jazz musicians who often perform at Hotel Warrnambool on Thursday nights.
Mrs Gladman said The Monaros were a late inclusion for Sunday’s line-up, prompting organisers to extend the event by an extra hour.
“The Monaros happened to be all in town at once, they contacted us and said they wanted to play, so we couldn’t turn them down,” Mrs Gladman said.
“We have the Tom Richardson Project and Tank Dilemma on Sunday, who are both playing at the Port Fairy Folk Festival this year.”
Guitarist Shannon Bourne (Man in Black, Chris Wilson) will join Tank Dilemma on Sunday, along with ex-Warrnamboolian bassist Ruben Shannon, to preview several songs from their upcoming record.
Bourne was brought into the studio this week to contribute horns and guitar for the band’s third album, which Richard Tankard and Brenton Smith have spent much of the past month recording and editing. The 12-track release is in its final stages at the Smith Sound studio and is due to be launched at the Port Fairy Folk Festival in March.
Sunday’s Day at the Lake from 12pm also includes Tarryn Hawker & Matt Neal, Jackson Greene, The Alamo and Rudely Interrupted.
All events are licensed and suitable for all-ages.