Don Wlker (centre) with Cold Chisel.
Don Wlker (centre) with Cold Chisel.

Flame Trees writer's top billing

TWENTY-SEVEN years after penning iconic Cold Chisel song Flame Trees, Don Walker will be the headline act at the Grafton music festival named after his famous tune.

Mr Walker will return to his home town of Grafton for the event, and actually put his hand up for the headlining spot, said Dawn Collison of DawnRise Promotions, which organises The Flame Tree Music Festival.

“Don offered himself and his band for the day and last time we spoke he said he was getting pretty excited to come back to Grafton and perform,” she said.

“We are hoping everyone comes out and supports this great event, which I hope to see grow in the coming years.”

Having secured Mr Walker as the headline act, Ms Collison is in the process of booking other home-grown acts to fill the rest of the bill.

“We had Luke Austen, too, except he had to cancel because he is getting married on the date of the festival so that was a little disappointing, but it is something you have to deal with,” Ms Collison said.

“I would really like to promote Grafton kids who are doing great things within the music industry next year.”

The second annual Flame Tree Music Festival will take place on March 26 at the Grafton racecourse. Tickets will be $20 per adult, $15 per child and $50 for a family. Keep an eye out in future editions of Out There, published in Thursday’s edition of The Daily Examiner, for interviews with the performers.

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