Organisers blown away by festival’s success

Grass is Greener Backyard Series organisers in front of Gladstone's crowd. Picture: Alex Mioni

Eilish Massie

After the success of their festival on the weekend, Grass is Greener organisers say their Backyard Series event could become a staple in the Port City.

More than 2000 people walked through the gates at Memorial Park on Saturday to enjoy a stellar lineup including a DJ set by Peking Duk, North East House Party, Boo Seeka, Will Sparks, Jade Zoe, Jesswar and Tenzin.

From October to November, organisers travelled to Townsville, Toowoomba, Gladstone and Mackay.

Organiser Ryan Fawzi said they were blown away by the amount of support the festival received.

“Considering it is a regional town and a first-time festival to the area, it was incredibly successful,” he said.

“We went into it with low expectations but we are really happy with the result.”

After growing up in Central Queensland, Mr Fawzi said he first pitched Gladstone as a location to festival directors Oli Frost and Johnny Eddings as he knew the ‘appetite’ for festivals was there.

“I know the appetite for music festivals is there for CQ, and I wanted to give Gladstone the opportunity to have an established music festival there,” he said.

“It was really wholesome to bring something back to the town, and seeing the amount of people supporting it was incredible to me.”

Mr Fawzi said the festival would become a staple to the region for years to come.

“Gladstone ‘s energy would have to be the highest of the tour, Mackay’s was huge but I think Gladstone definitely delivered being our last show.”

“We’re looking forward to bringing it back bigger and better next year.”