Organisers rethink Festhouse


IT SEEMS Gladstone residents won't support major events un- less they're licensed, according to organisers of this year's Harbour Festival.

Gladstone Festivals and Events general manager Judy Whicker said the committee would have to "rethink'' staging the Festhouse entertainment next year, after disappointing numbers at this year's event.

Mrs Whicker said the weather had contributed to the dismal numbers, but overall the Fest- house program had been "very disappointing''.

"We thought we were catering to a certain demographic, but ob- viously the entertainment was not what they were after,'' she said.

"The Country Xtravaganza on Thursday night saw two of the best country music artists in Aus- tralia perform, but we only had about 380 people attend, and we needed at least 700 people to cover costs.''

Mrs Whicker said Friday night's Big Night In gig had the worst crowds, with only 79 people heading out to see headline act Taxiride.

However, despite the poor turn- outs leading up to the weekend, the Beerfest and Jazz 'n' Shiraz nights proved the most popular.

"It's quite obvious that in Glad- stone if there's no grog then peo- ple won't pay to go in,'' Mrs Whicker said.

She said entertainment from Jon Stevens and Diesel had been "fantastic'' and had been well sup- ported by crowds.

She also said yesterday that the Jazz 'n' Shiraz tickets had almost sold out, and they were expecting a big night.

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