We’re ready to rock
IN LESS than 10 days, 2500 people will head to Ballandean Estate Winery for the second Stanthorpe Rocks concert.
The event, which is the brain child of Slydogz owner Ian Wade-Parker, will have a number of big names take to the stage, including Leo Sayer and Aussie legends Russell Morris, The Black Sorrows, 1927, Eurogliders and The Whisky Fox Run.
"Tickets sold out five weeks ago," Mr Wade-Parker said.
"We increased the number by 500 this year as we knew the venue could take it."
Mr Wade-Parker said they picked November to host the event as it was a quiet time for the Granite Belt.
A large proportion of the 2500 people attending the event are travelling from areas both in the district and other parts of the state.
Mr Wade-Parker said he was happy the event had proven to be so popular.
"Our economic statement found that about $1 million goes directly back to the community through guests staying at hotels, buying food, petrol and visiting the wineries," he said.
Stanthorpe Chamber of Commerce president John Bylicki agreed with Mr Wade-Parker and said the event was a great initiative.
"It brings a lot of people into the town and many businesses benefit from it," he said.
"This is the festival's second year and if it is anything like last year it will be a huge success.
"This is something we really want the community and businesses to support."
Mr Bylicki said the rock festival helped to provide the community with a balanced book of events.
"We have a good spread of events and festivals during the year but it is a matter of making sure we keep them relevant," he said.
"It's a case of if we spread it too thin it won't be as attractive to people."