FOR Sam Pyers "inspiring people" is the motivation behind hosting hundreds of revellers at Wangoom to enjoy music and arts into early hours.
And at the second annual Goomfest on Saturday, 500 people hailed from the region, interstate and even as part of international trips to enjoy the atmosphere of the tight-knit event.
"I want to show people the great art and music we have got and inspire them to do something of their own," Mr Pyers said.
International marine science PhD student Hanna Scheuffele ventured to the festival with her friend from Germany Hanne Cantzler, who arrived in Australia just days ago. The duo were among those from furthest abroad.
"I like that it is quite local and a small scale. It feels more Australian, and more authentic than bigger festivals," Ms Scheuffele said.
"We came here through the Great Ocean Road and I showed Hanne all the sites here."
Werribee-based Cameron McNish, a base player in Auntie Leo and the Backstabbers, was among about 20 acts including DJs and bands.
McNish said the five-piece band had played in Warrnambool before, but played their first Goomfest this year to perform in the outdoors.
"We are usually playing in dirty bars and it's good to be playing outside in the sun," he said.
"It's a cool set up. Last year's sold old and it made it easy to say yes. It's a really good vibe at these sorts of things."
Mr Pyres, 23, a disability worker and social work student, hosted the festival for the first time last year after realising the farm's potential while recording music there with his band, Lemon Bait.
"The site owners I have known for a while and we talked about it and it's turned into this," he said.
"It's a calm and beautiful space."
Mr Pyres said the Wangoom community had been supportive of the festival, and he wanted the festival to act as a drawcard for the district.
"Everyone has just been pretty happy that there's something going on," he said.
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