Rocking up in Coffs

COFFS Harbour is set to rock to the sounds of some of Australia's hottest bands with the inaugural Open Arms Festival, a one day, all-ages event at the Coffs Harbour Showgrounds on November 29.

Headlining the festival are Grinspoon, Gyroscope, Blue King Brown and TZU.

Although relatively new to the area, festival director Jeff Moss said he has fallen in love with the region and has some big plans for Coffs.

Before moving here one year ago, the 33-year-old lived in Melbourne where he part-owned a night club and was involved in organising outdoor events.

“My stimulus for starting Open Arms was that there is very little for young people to do here. The more variety you can give people and kids the more open minded they will become,” Jeff said. “I want to put Coffs on the map as a festival destination. We have Triple J behind us and combined with all the local support we have been receiving, we have been making a big step towards that.”

As a part of the festival, Jeff has organised a local 'Battle of the Bands' event, with the winner receiving the chance to be the opening act on the main stage of the festival. The grand final will be held tonight at the Hoey Moey.

“I've been amazed by the quality of the local talents. We have had more than 30 bands enter. It's going to be really hard to pick a winner from the six finalists.”

• THE Plantation Hotel will be hosting the Open Arms Festival after party on Saturday, November 29 from 10pm. Open Arms wristband for free entry.

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