The Hipshooters at the Agnes Water Blues and Roots Festival.
The Hipshooters at the Agnes Water Blues and Roots Festival. Chris Chan

Full house sign goes up as blues fans flock to Agnes Water

THE rain stayed away and the crowds came in their droves to the Agnes Water Blues and Roots Festival at the weekend.

Organisers had to put up the full house sign for the first time in the festival's history on Saturday night as blues fans from across Australia packed the main marquee and surrounds.

The music lived up to the hype, with headliners Joe Camilleri and The Black Sorrows wowing the crowd on Friday night, while the Mason Rack Band and the Hipshooters were arguably the stand-outs on Saturday night.

Phil Emmanuel wrapped up the festival on Sunday afternoon following Devils Kiosk, which played some laidback Sunday arvo blues.

Gladstone Entertainment Centre's Gary Hansen said crowds were well up on previous years and everybody had been well-behaved and had a great long weekend.

"Crowd numbers were up by 40% on Saturday night from last year," Mr Hansen said.

"The crowd here just love the atmosphere and there wasn't one major incident during the three days.

"And the crowd were rapt with the second stage and some of the new talent that played there."



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