Live and local music coming to South West Rocks

Media release - 9 February 2018

A series of free live music events will be held in South West Rocks in March as part of a new initiative by Kempsey Shire Council.

Live and Local Macleay will bring local musicians to selected venues in the Kempsey Shire with the aim of creating a ‘music trail’ to encourage audiences to move from venue to venue.

Council received funding from the Live Music Office as part of a strategic Initiative by Create NSW to increase opportunities for live music in Regional NSW.

South West Rocks will be the first to host the Live and Local Macleay, which will run between March 9-11. Hosting venues include the Seabreeze Beach Hotel, Heritage Cafe, Sixty Degrees Café and the Horseshoe Bay Kiosk and markets.

“Live and Local is a way to promote the musical talent we have in our region, as well as an opportunity to showcase local businesses,” Council’s General Manager, Craig Milburn, said.

“There’s been some research done by the Live Music Office around both the social and economic benefits live music brings, which shows that for every dollar spent on live music there is a three dollar return to the community.”

Live and Local Macleay is supported by the South West Rocks Chamber of Commerce, the South West Rocks Arts Council and local businesses.

President of the South West Rocks Chamber of Commerce and General Manager of the Seabreeze Beach Hotel, Troy De Luca, said he is pleased to support the initiative.

“I like the idea of live music through the town for the day and into the evening and the concept of driving visitors to town in the shoulder of the holiday period,” he said.

“The Seabreeze Beach Hotel has live music every Sunday and we find it’s when locals and visitors can unwind and have a catchup. To have more of that happening in South West Rocks is fantastic for locals and visitors.”

Live and Local is being organised by Council in partnership with Macleay Entertainment and the Macleay Valley Arts Council.

Go to the Live and Local Macleay Facebook page  for regular updates.

Troy De Luca and Natursha Douglas from the Seabreeze Beach Hotel, Council’s Community Projects Officer, Olivia Parker, Ian Yates from Macleay Valley Arts Council and Abby Bungard and Liam Moylan from Macleay Entertainment
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