While COVID-19 resulted in the cancellation of music festivals and concert performances earlier this year, a new survey by the Country Music Club of Boyup Brook identified that almost two thirds of respondents won’t le the pandemic get in the way of enjoying live music. The club organises the annual Boyup Brook Country Music Festival, which is held across the third weekend in February and normally attracts top national artists, but 82% of feedback is supportive of an all WA line-up for 2021 and 88% are keen to discover emerging artists, which is great news according to the Festivals Music Director.
“We have such incredible talent in WA and it’ll be a treat to have them in the same place at the same time. It’s also fantastic for our homegrown legends to work with emerging artists and mentor our young guns,” said Sharon Winter.
The Festival and the Country Music Awards are 35 years old and both have long alumni, but it’s not just the shows on the main stage at Music Park that create the atmosphere, the Committee is also looking at other opportunities for more performances throughout the event.
“Eight out of ten people want more time at the markets and more music, so we’re looking at how we can make this happen. We know one of the main reasons people come to the Festival is the atmosphere and vibe, and we want to make is the best Festival yet,” added Mrs Winter.
The organising committee has embarked on its biggest community engagement program in recent memory with over 250 people having a say at the various workshops, webinars and surveys. Many voices have been from musicians and performers giving an artist perspective and talking about new ways to showcase music. The club held it’s first Facebook live concert on Sunday night featuring the Honky Tonk Heroes and has more live streaming and webinar events programmed.
It’s anticipated that more community input will be scheduled over the next few months as the committee looks to celebrate the small town and its resilience through COVID-19. The largely volunteer run organisation reduced its membership fee to support the community during the pandemic and although it’s well established as the industry leader in country music it relies on government funding from Lotterywest, Healthway, Tourism WA and Regional Arts WA to produce the Festival each year.
Thanks to everyone that continues to support the club and the Festival, we look forwards to bringing you more updates soon.