Wangaratta’s hitting the right note on marquee event

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PLAY YOUR OWN TUNE: Wangaratta mayor Dean Rees trumpeting interest in a marquee music event for this year’s Melbourne Cup long weekend. PHOTO: Shane Douthie

A ROCK and roll weekend, maybe two days dedicated to country or western music (or both), community choirs, swing, salsa or ska music, the sky’s the limit for what kind of a marquee musical event could be held in Wangaratta this year over the Melbourne Cup Day long weekend.

Council has put out an Expression of Interest, calling on event organisers and music promoters to submit proposals for events that would attract in excess of 3000 people while the jazz and blues festival goes into a one year recess but, if successful, the new event could continue beyond 2019 on a different weekend.

Mayor Dean Rees said council wanted to attract an event that would drive overnight stays in Wangaratta but be largely self-operated with finite council support.

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