THE hills (of Griffith) could be alive with the sound of music if plans to host a major event in the city come to fruition next year.
Council is currently in talks with a chief promoter in the hopes of bringing a mass outdoor music event to Griffith in October or November next year.
Tourism and economic development manager Greg Lawrence hoped the event would attract a crowd of at least 4000 people and could be continued as an annual function to boost the city’s tourism appeal.
Whether it’s blues and roots, jazz, opera or modern music, the style of the event has not yet been set though Mr Lawrence was convinced any of the four options would work.
In a former role, Mr Lawrence co-ordinated a music event featuring James Morrison – supported by local acts – in northern Victoria and hoped to replicate that event here.
“We have a lot of local people here doing some great music but it’d be nice to pick up some national or internationally acclaimed artists as well for the event,” Mr Lawrence said. “This is just another way to showcase what Griffith has to offer and events work well, especially music events.”
Mr Lawrence said the city had plenty of venues that could be utilised for the event, though he was particularly interested in some of the winery spaces or the Griffith Showgrounds.
He said the event would also be a boost for the local economy by attracting more visitors to the region.
“We’re in a good catchment with Leeton, Narrandera and other towns nearby,” Mr Lawrence said.
“People would come for the event, enjoy some good food and wine and hopefully stay for the weekend and spend some money.”
Michael Pfitzner from the Griffith Musician’s Club was supportive of the idea and said his group had discussed the concept of producing a music event in the past.
“I think it’d definitely be something we’d be interested in,” Mr Pfitzner said.
“Anything that would provide opportunities to showcase local talent would be a wonderful thing.”