Tumut rocks the turf

USUALLY synonymous with the thundering of hooves, last weekend Tumut racecourse was unrecognisable as the sound of local and national musicians filled the iconic grandstand.

The weather couldn’t have been better for the third annual Rock The Turf event, this year sponsored by Red Energy, as clear skies welcomed the day’s talented ballads and heavy beats.

Organisers are yet to complete the final ticket count for the day but believe attendance numbers were above the 800 who attended last year.

Committee member Sam Phillips said the day went off without a hitch with the committee receiving positive feedback from crowds, performers and vendors.

“It was a great day, we had a fantastic turn out, we think it was up on last year but we won’t have the final numbers for a week,” she said.

“We had a steady stream of people come in all day, the food vendors were happy with the day’s trade as were the people running the children’s amusements.”

Official Rock the Turf merchandise was a popular buying choice, as was the sale of glow sticks after dark.

This year the stage was moved further back onto the actual racetrack, allowing people more room to get up and dance.

“Numbers are a bit hard to tell because this year we moved the stage back and had more space,” she said.

“By the time Daryl was up to perform even the extra space was filled. When he got up I was at the front getting photos and I was a bit worried the barrier would come down, so many people were up close trying to touch him. He was very obliging grabbing people’s hands.”

Ms Phillips said the three out of town acts were very well received, each in their own way, while local bands were well embraced.

“Daryl was definitely the favourite, but that’s the point of a headliner. All three acts were great; the crowd really took to them. Jason Singh was a huge hit with the younger crowd with heaps of people up and dancing,” she said.

“Bondi Cigars were musically amazing, their guitar duel was absolutely fantastic to see. While Daryl playing Horses was the perfect end to a perfect day.”

Ms Phillips said the crowd was well behaved with no security called throughout the 10-hour event.

“We had no incidents for the second year in a row. The crowd was really well behaved and enjoyed the day. It’s great to see everyone spend time together as a community,” she said.

Ms Phillips said the day couldn’t have come together and been so successful without the local community and the day’s sponsors especially major sponsor Red Energy and C+N Freightline who drove to Wagga and back to deliver and return the event’s light towers.

Despite Rock the Turf being done and dusted for another year the Festival of the Falling leaf committee won’t be winding down, with organisers gearing up for the April 30 street parade, gala day and fireworks.