Springfest came roaring back to Hinton over the weekend with its second incarnation paving the way for the event to become a full-time annual festival.
Organiser Dan Burrows said last year’s event was about testing the waters, but this year’s was a “massive step up and progression”.
“In the lead-up to the event [Springfest II] was just an idea, but when it came to fruition – it was unreal,” he said.
Mr Burrows said the teams behind the scenes, the crowd and – most of all – the bands brought everything they had and Springfest flourished on their efforts.
“The bands absolutely brought it, mate,” he said.
“They were awesome.”
Springfest began last year as a way for local bands to show their stuff to a crowd interested in catching the “next big thing” at the right time.
In the afterglow of Sprinfest II, Mr Burrows said the bands lived up to the expectation.
Mr Burrows declined to single out any one band’s performance as standing above the rest, due largely to how varied the line-up was. But he said Treehouse Children, who closed out the night, were “on the brink” of greatness.
“They’re getting a lot of air-play on Triple J,” he said.
“They’re fun loving, there’s no pretentiousness about them, they have on-stage banter,” he said.
“They’re just laid back, they love rocking out and you feel like you’re a part of it all when they’re so relaxed on stage.”
Mr Burrows said Springfest would definitely return to the Hunter next year, more details will be announced through facebook.com/SpringfestII.