Girrakool Blues Festival & BBQ

Girrakool Blues Festival & BBQ

Where Blues, BBQ & Culture Meet

Media Release- August 2015

A new Blues Festival & BBQ set for March 2016, fills a much needed event hole for music lovers and families of the Central Coast, Sydney and Newcastle.

Girrakool Blues Festival is an annual event named after the nearby waterfalls,

and quite befittingly is Aboriginal for “Place of still water” ie Muddy Water, will be held annually on the first weekend in March by Xabc Entertainment.

In a New Orleans styled theme, the Girrakool Blues Festival will offer the Central Coast, and it’s visitors, a wonderful day of quality, international, national and local blues and roots acts, in a family friendly, relaxed atmosphere, all at a reasonable price.

Located within the beautiful surrounds of Mt Penang Garden Parklands, Kariong, is situated conveniently between Sydney and Newcastle, and is only 2 minutes from the M1.

Festival Director and Xabc Entertainment owner, Bruce Johnson say’s “I feel the Central Coast is crying out for an event like this. And since it will be held in the stunning Garden Parklands it will be easily accessible and cater to everyone from all walks of life.”

Patrons can bring their rugs and chairs to enjoy the afternoon of world-class music, and soul food from our selectively picked stalls, including a unique American Southern style BBQ.

“Good music and good food is good for the soul,” says Bruce Johnson “ it’s what makes people feel good. This is why we’ve incorporated all the elements, music, food, great surrounds – it has all the positives and can only be enriching for the soul.”

Apart from the music it will have a strong Aboriginal content, with indigenous bands, Welcome to Country Ceremony, Women’s activities and with the potential of short tours to the Girrakool waterfalls and engravings.

“Central Coast is one of most indigenous rich areas of Australia. I think showing off our indigenous culture is vitally important to our community and provides another unique aspect to our festival.”

Girrakool will have a range of ticketing options available. Xabc Entertainment would like to make the festival a family fun event and will be providing Family Tickets at Early Bird prices. To further encourage this, children under 5 years can come to the event free of charge.

Registrations for Family and Adult Early Bird tickets are now taking place through our website:

More About Xabc Entertainment

Alissa and Bruce Johnson, are a husband and wife team, and make up the Xabc Entertainment directors. They have successfully run the business, firstly the partnership as Xabc Productions, since 2002, and then as an incorporated entity from 2011 until the present day.

Xabc started as a production company and as the name suggests, are made up of Ex- ABC TV Production Crew, working on many high profile television programs during their time there. As a production company Xabc have produced Documentaries, Corporate Video’s, Music Videos and Commercials.

Some of our clients are: Gosford City Council, Naisda, National Parks & Wildlife NSW, Darkinjung Land Council, 5 Lands Walk INC.

After Bruce had a car accident he turned to music in his rehabilitation. He had always loved listening and playing music, but now he truly understood the power of it’s healing. So he decided to turn to music promoting and Xabc Entertainment was born.

Past tours include the legendary artists Charlie Musselwhite, Joe Louis Walker and John Hammond.

Noticing there was a hole in the festival market in his home town of the Central Coast, and with the garden parklands offering the perfect venue, Girrakool Blues Festival & BBQ seemed a natural progression.


Artist’s interested in playing the festival can apply online at our website


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