The Castlemaine Jazz Festival 2014

Smashed it. Totally.

Over 750 musicians and audience had a fine old time – left the locals a little gob-smacked, as most of them expected nothing, and even those who were in the know had little idea of just how good the week-end was going to be. Two of the venues sold out of food on the Saturday night, one did 500 covers over the weekend, and sleepy hollow was jumpin’ for two days. Still buzzing when we packed up on the Monday.

If I had to pick two highlights, it would be the enthusiasm and generosity of the many professional musicians who played; and the number of jammers past and present who came up and thanked the Committee – Linda Carpenter, John Hannah, Captain Chaos and meself. Waddya thank us for? – we just had a blast.

Plans are afoot for a 2015 Festival – some things we’ll do again (the jam sessions each night, the Masterclasses), some things we’ll do better (the Shuttle Bus, the programming and the pre Festival publicity) some things we’ll do entirely differently (the Ticketing and Box Office); and some things we will hope to keep going (the 60 volunteers who made it all possible).

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, The Captain is balancing the books, I am filling in the APRA forms, John has been touring the venues and getting feed back and has now reverted to his afternoon naps, and Linda is preparing the post Festival review.

Stay tuned!

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