Music to town’s cheers

Tristan WheelerManjimup-Bridgetown Times
Bridgetown artist Mary Myfanwy takes the stage at the Nannup Music Festival's busking competition.
Camera IconBridgetown artist Mary Myfanwy takes the stage at the Nannup Music Festival's busking competition. Credit: Manjimup-Bridgetown Times

Nannup Music Festival sold out by early Friday morning as crowds flocked to Nannup for the latest edition at the weekend.

Organiser Phaedra Watts said she was thrilled with the turnout and the fact that the tickets had sold out.

“There was a significant amount of people throughout the town, but I don’t know the number, because so many people come without a ticket to enjoy the free entertainment,” she said.

She was pleased to report that the festival occurred without incident.

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“There are always obstacles, but we got over every one of them, it was probably — and I think that I may have said this every year — I think that it was the best yet,” she said.

The festival drew both local and foreign acts, including Canadian-Australian group Belle Miners, who said they were excited to play in Nannup for the first time.

“We are really excited because we’ve been on a two-month long tour and we’ve top and tailed the tour with festivals, so we started at Signet Folk Festival and we’re finishing at Nannup and we are very excited about that,” band member Felicia Harding said.

“So much to take in, so much music and culture to take in, in such a small space.”

Donnybrook act Henry McInnes won the busking competition which means he will return to the festival next year as a programmed artist.

The 2020 Nannup Emerging Artists Award was won by Victorian act Sunday Lemonade and Western Australian indigenous artist Miss Genius, with both winning recording time.

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