RECOGNISED: Jumpers and Jazz in July is nominated for a Queensland Music Award.
RECOGNISED: Jumpers and Jazz in July is nominated for a Queensland Music Award. Leanne Ryan

Our quirky festival is up for an award, but not for craft

THERE'S much more to Jumpers and Jazz in July than just the colourful creations that meet the eye, as the music playing through the streets has become just as big a drawcard.

A new award nomination is testament to the festival's growing appeal and our community is being called upon to help the team take out the People's Choice Award for Festival of the Year at the upcoming Queensland Music Awards.

Jumpers and Jazz in July committee president Sally Edwards said she was thrilled because the type of people involved in the awards were often young, trendy and from urban areas.

This showed there is a wider group of people interested in the festival, she said.

"It's a wonderful acknowledgement that we have a great music festival here and outside the big population centres we can put on a good experience,” she said.

Mal Wood Band performs for the crowd on Palmerin St during last year's festival.
Mal Wood Band performs for the crowd on Palmerin St during last year's festival. Elyse Wurm

The musical line-up for this year's event is already shaping up to be a great one.

Ms Edwards said world-class musicians had been booked to maintain the festival's reputation as a premier jazz festival.

"There are bands who can and do play internationally, we are getting musicians who are approaching us,” she said.

"We are contacting the best that we can get for the resources we have available.”

Voting for the QMA People's Choice Awards will close on February 28, so Ms Edwards is encouraging residents to share the news with their friends.

Jumpers and Jazz in July is up against the likes of Big Red Bash, Woodford Folk Festival, Gympie Music Muster and more.

To vote visit themusic.com.au.

Jumpers and Jazz in July 2018 tree jumper artwork.
Jumpers and Jazz in July 2018 tree jumper artwork. Leanne Ryan

Festival plans charge ahead

A JANE Fonda-inspired jazzercise class at WIRAC, complete with leg warmer competition, will be one of the brand new events on the program for Jumpers and Jazz in July this year.

Committee president Sally Edwards said she was in discussions with different community groups to finalise a few new program additions, with details to be released in the coming weeks.

"We thought it was important to mix it up but at the same time keep some of the favourites,” she said.

"We had 58,000 attendants last year and we're hoping to have more than that this year.”

Ms Edwards said the team were looking to host more mid-week events to keep people entertained throughout the 10 days.

"Both for locals and (visitors), we're aware now that people are staying for the whole week,” she said.

Event registrations close on March 29, to register visit www.jumpersandjazz.com.au.


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