PHOTOS: El Grande's back with successful event for 2016

FOR just a little bit more than cost to a nightclub, music lovers were treated to 12 hours of live music at the Grand Hotel on Saturday.

Under a new arrangement, the El Grande Festival offered 20 bands for $25.

Organisers Nathan Bedford and Tim Price decided it was time for a change after they were at a financial loss from last year's event due to a lack of ticket sales.

And as the day went on, they become more confident for their next event.

The festival saw around 100 people head to the Grand Hotel -- seeking their fix for acoustic or rock music.

The festival's Brisbane leg was also a success.

"We seriously just want it to be a really good party atmosphere.

"We want people to be excited about El Grande and for it to have a good reputation as a fun, safe festival," Nathan said.

"Of the 21 bands that played, 13 live in central Queensland, or are from our region.

"I want people to understand the good calibre of artists that are in central Queensland.

"They might see us playing Khe Sanh at a local pub on the weekend, but behind the scenes, we are writing our own stuff," he said.

The festival is more than just the music too - it's a fundraiser.

This year money raised went to Tips for Kids, a Gladstone Charity run by Anthony Breed.



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