8 Ball Aitken at the Agnes Water Blues and Roots Festival.
8 Ball Aitken at the Agnes Water Blues and Roots Festival. Mike Richards

Agnes sings the blues and gets $400,000 boost to economy

MORE than 3000 people converged on the Agnes Water SES Grounds over the weekend to revel in the region's premier blues music event.

The event also brought a much needed boost to the local economy with $400,000 injected into the region.

From humble beginnings six years ago, the Agnes Blues and Roots festival this year boasted 35 performers playing across two stages and a chill-out lounge.

This year the festival was extended to four days, with bands playing right through from Thursday to Sunday.

Gladstone Entertainment and Convention Centre marketing manager Gary Hansen said bands from Gladstone, Agnes Water, Yeppoon, Rockhampton and as far as Emerald played alongside bigger names such as Richard Clapton, Thunderbirds and Benny Walker.

"It's also a springboard for local talent," Mr Hansen said.

Singer Jack Blandford is testament to that. Mr Blandford was a contestant in a talent quest when the festival began.

But this year he took to the stage with his father on bass and sister on drums in their band Jack and the Bom.

One couple from Maryborough, Glenda and Phil Patton, attended all four days and said it was a terrific event.

"It is great that tables and chairs are available undercover to listen to some great music," Ms Patton said.


  • 26 bands on main stage
  • 8 bands on second stage
  • Turnout:
  • 500 on Thursday
  • 900 on Friday
  • More than 1500 Saturday
  • 350 on Sunday