Miss Mandy Swings performs at Jazz 'n' Shiraz.
Miss Mandy Swings performs at Jazz 'n' Shiraz. Tom Huntley

Big week of festival fun winds up with all that jazz

GLADSTONE Harbour Festival finished up in swinging fashion on Sunday night as fun-lovers kicked up their heels at Jazz 'n' Shiraz.

The final night of the week-long festivities featured swing and pop cover-bands, including The Rat Pack is Back and The Boys in the Band.

Hundreds of locals lapped up the dance-inducing tunes.

Gladstone Festivals and Events coordinator Angie Bettridge said she'd only seen YouTube clips of the bands before Sunday night but her high hopes had been surpassed.

"I was happily surprised at how quickly people got up on the dance floor," she said.

"A lot of people said this is the first time they've seen the whole crowd get up and start dancing."

The event followed a week of free nightly entertainment at the harbour festival marina main stage, with events attracting about 70,000 people.

"Sunday night would have had to be one of the highlights of the whole event," Ms Bettridge said.

She said organising for next year's festival would start almost straight away.

 

 



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