The music and arts festival Harvest is back in Parramatta this November and will bring with it international drawcards Beck, Sigur Ros and Mike Patton’s Mondo Cane.
The festival was lauded last year by the music industry as a unique event in Australia’s bloated festival landscape.
The Sun asked promoter Declan Forde why Parramatta Park was the chosen location for the festival how that had helped its success.
‘‘Mostly because of the beauty of the site itself,’’ he said.
‘‘The history of the park, with the Old Government House and other elements, give it a unique character and feel.’’
At a time when major festivals such as Soundwave Revolution, On the Bright Side Festival and Supafest cancelled due to poor ticket sales, Harvest made its inaugural shows a success.
More than 11,000 tickets were sold for the Parramatta festival where 23 bands played on three stages.
Elsewhere around the festival’s arts areas, more than 120 artists performed or demonstrated their talents.
Mr Forde foresaw a long and relationship with the festival in Parramatta and he hoped it would become a long-term part of the city’s cultural fabric.
‘‘We’re very happy with having Harvest at Parramatta Park,’’ he said.
‘‘We felt that once people had been out (to Parramatta) once they would fall in love with the place and hopefully will build a sentimental attachment to it over the years.
‘‘The local authorities have been very helpful and supportive and we’re very appreciative of that.’’
The Harvest festival line-up includes:
-Beck, Sigur Ros, Mike Patton’s Mondo Cane, Grizzly Bear, Ben Folds Five, Silversun Pickups, Beirut, Santigold, Cake, The Dandy Warhols, Dexys, The Black Angels;
-Last year the festival won Best Major Festival in FBi’s radio’s Sydney Music Art and Culture awards;
-It’s on Saturday November 17, in Sydney Parramatta Park.