Jazzy Inverloch hosts 23rd festival

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Jazzy Inverloch hosts 23rd festival

 

WITH 50 bands in the line up, Inverloch achieved another successful Jazz Festival over the long weekend.

Although crowd numbers and funds raised have not yet been tallied, organisers believe the festival has once again cracked a record.

“There were heaps of people in the streets to listen to the bands and we were congratulated for the organisation of the event,” festival committee member Robyn Nilsson said.

“We haven’t confirmed it yet, but we believe we’ve broken the record we set last year. There are a lot of good signs to indicate we have.”

The 23rd annual event kicked off well on Friday, thanks to the hard work of the Inverloch Rotary Club, the Anglican Church Guild, the caterers in the Community Hub 2 Di 4 Catering, the Inverloch Lions Club, the Inverloch Men’s Shed and the Jazz Festival committee.

A full house turned out to see the band MOJO in the Community Hub, signalling the rest of the weekend was going to be action packed.

The fun started up again on Saturday with the street parade at 10am.

Leading the parade was the incredible Wonthaggi Citizens Band, followed by a string of well represented community organisations including the Inverloch Primary School and Preschool, the Inverloch Men’s Shed and the Inverloch Garden Club.

The street was packed with market stalls and music, keeping the vibe alive throughout the town.

Sunday provided a church service at the community hub and a jazz program in Warrawee and the RSL.

“The Salvation Army Band played at the service, which everyone loves,” Ms Nilsson said.

“There was a good variation of music throughout the weekend.”

The event finished off on Monday with a jazz picnic in The Glade.

“We believe there were at least 1000 people at The Glade; it was packed,” Ms Nilsson said.

“Some of the food stalls ran out of food because they didn’t expect so many people. We had the big bands playing their hearts out, which everyone appreciated, and I think everyone had a fantastic time.”

The raffle held at The Glade also resulted in an additional $1000.

Funds from this year’s festival will go towards the future of the Inverloch’s Men’s Shed.

“The men from the men’s shed helped us a great deal this year and we hope they return to help again next year,” Ms Nilsson said.

“They have indicated to us that they will, so I think we’ve achieved something precious this year.”

Ms Nilsson thanked the countless volunteers who gave their time to ensure the festival was a success, and who continued to work tirelessly into Tuesday to keep Inverloch clean.

Musical talent: from left, Inverloch busker James Gilbert was applauded by Inverloch Surf Life Saving Club’s Amy Farrowell, Maddy Dehne and Esther Honybun at the Inverloch Jazz Festival on Saturday.

Musical talent: from left, Inverloch busker James Gilbert was applauded by Inverloch Surf Life Saving Club’s Amy Farrowell, Maddy Dehne and Esther Honybun at the Inverloch Jazz Festival on Saturday.

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