Agnes Blues and Roots Festival attracts tourists to town

8 Ball Aitken pictured performing at the 2013 Agnes Blues and Roots Festival. He will perform again at the 2014 event on Saturday night.
8 Ball Aitken pictured performing at the 2013 Agnes Blues and Roots Festival. He will perform again at the 2014 event on Saturday night. Christopher Chan GLADV230213ESSA





TOURISTS have started to inundate Agnes Water for the annual Agnes Blues and Roots Festival.

Thursday marked the first day of the event beloved by locals and music loves further afield.

The first day was free day for attendees - ticket information here.

Gladstone region Mayor Gail Sellers said the Agnes Blues and Roots Festival was introduced to help the local economy.

"It was initiated by the Gladstone Entertainment Centre staff and we wanted to help outlying regional areas, so we looked at the accommodation houses in Agnes and we asked which was their worst weekend and they said February," Cr Sellers said.

A number of Gladstone Entertainment Convention Centre staff made the trip down to Agnes Water on Thursday to join the staff and volunteers already involved in the setting up process.

The majority of rest of festival goers are expected to arrive in the area on Friday in time for a big line-up of entertainment.


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TREAT your ears to some of the best blues, soul, indie-rock and reggae artists currently making a mark on
the Australian music scene.

The 2014 Agnes Blues and Roots Festival is planning an even bigger and better experience for ticket holders.

This year the festival runs for an extra day, not to mention including more stages for musicians to get their flare on.

Australian rock legend Richard Clapton is set to headline Friday night and other Australian blue's sensations like Shaun Kirk and Benny Walker will make their mark on the weekend - giving festival-goers a performance to cherish forever.

The Agnes Water region is known for its sun, surf and relaxing atmosphere - making it the perfect getaway destination for the festival.

For tickets and more information visit www.agnesbluesand roots.com.au.

Event details

  • When: Thursday, February 27 until Sunday, March 2
  • When: Agnes Water, SES Ground


  • Saturday and Sunday ....... $95
  • Three day pass (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) ........... $110
  • Reserve table of 10 or 6 .. $130
  • One day pass (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) ............ $80


  • Access Without Assistance for the Disabled
  • Alcohol
  • Ambulance
  • Bar
  • Entertainment
  • First Aid Equipment
  • Kiosk
  • Sheltered Area


Children under 14 are admitted free when accompanied by an adult. Each adult can accompany up to two children. Youths aged 14-17 will be required to pay full adult price and must be accompanied by a responsible adult.


THE Agnes Blues and Roots Festival will not only show off the talents of the musical kind of artist, but also the creative kind.

Indigenous artist Brian Fisher is the guest painter for this year's festival, drawing on his religious beliefs to paint themed artworks in an Australian bush setting.

The Rockhampton man, also a talented didgeridoo maker, is a well known artist in the central Queensland region.

Make sure you check out Brian's work at the Agnes Blues and Roots Festival market stalls.

Agnes Blues and Roots Festival.
Agnes Blues and Roots Festival. Christopher Chan GLADV230213ESSA


Thursday, February 27:

  • 4pm: DED@27
  • 5pm: Weathered
  • 6pm: Cosmic String Theory
  • 7pm: Happy to Be Here
  • 8pm: The Mad Hat Band
  • 9pm: La Mont

Friday, February 28:

  • 2pm: Nigel McTrustry
  • 3pm: The Zephyr Project
  • 4pm: Ben Brady
  • 4pm: The Royal Artillery
  • 6pm: Jack & The BOM - Read more about Jack here.
  • 7pm: Urban Chiefs
  • 8pm: Thunderbirds
  • 9pm: Richard Clapton - Read more about Richard here.

Saturday, March 1:

  • 10am: Jelly Kids - Read more about the band here.
  • 11am: TBA
  • 12pm: Nigel McTrustry
  • 1pm: Pandamic
  • 2pm: Blind Willie Wagtail
  • 3pm: The Zephyr Project
  • 4pm: Brother Fox
  • 5pm: Lil' Fi & the Dirty Rascals
  • 6pm: Bella Reunion (The Kiosk)
  • 7pm: 8 Ball Aitken
  • 8pm: The Hipshooters

Stage 2 performers

  • Joel Camille
  • Hayley Marsten
  • Athol Gilson
  • Casie Marie

* Stage 2 operates on Saturday form 11.45am to 4.45pm with these guys and maybe a few surprises

Sunday, March 2:

  • 10am: Jelly Kids - Read more about the band here.
  • 11am: Amelia Kase & the Groove Traders - Read more about Amelia here.
  • 12pm: Sal Kimber & the Rollin Wheel
  • 1pm: Kate Leahy & Band - Read more about Kate here.
  • 2pm: Shaun Kirk
  • 3pm: Benny Walker - Read more about Benny here.

Stage 2 performers

  • Joel Camille
  • Matt Barker
  • Mark Porter

* Stage 2 operates on Sunday from 10.45am to 2.45pm with these guys and maybe a few surprises

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