Weekend of massive entertainment hits all right notes
MORE THAN 700 music lovers were treated to an entertainment extravaganza on Saturday in one of the biggest weekends on the Gladstone event calendar.
It was feather boas galore at the region's first Mardi Gras at the PCYC on Saturday night, while over at MIe Place Niteclub, fans were thrashing their hair around and lapping up all El Grande had to offer.
Both events were well received by the public, with patrons praising the efforts of organisers to attract headline acts such as Ruby Rose and Dead Letter Circus.
El Grande festival goer Wanda Harrington thoroughly enjoyed the day, saying "hashtag it's awesome!"
Meanwhile at the Mardi Gras, with a crowd of about 200, Helen Simpson said she was happy quirky events were beginning to pop up.
"It's all for a good cause. Gladstone needs to diversify," she said.
"It doesn't matter how old you are, just dress up and have fun!"
El Grande achieved record pre-sale numbers from last year and organiser Nathan Bedford was excited about the public's feedback.
"We had over 500 people there. With pre-sale tickets, we sold 20 per cent more (than last year) in the end.
"People really loved the set-up with two stages, it was a good contrast," he said.
"The goldfish racing was popular and Dead Letter Circus was a highlight, the room was chockers."
Organiser Richard Gilmour said the evening went "extremely well", and was hopefully the start of an annual event.
"The diverse community that turned out was great. Everyone got into the spirit and got dressed up which was fantastic.
"To top it off, everyone got into Ruby at the end," he said.
A raffle raised around $700 for the Turtle Rehabilitation Centre on Quoin Island, with final figures still being counted.