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Lightning Ridge comes alive at the Jimmy Little Festival


Kasey Chambers having fun. Photo TWH

Lightning Ridge came alive on the June Long Weekend as it hosted its first-ever open-air concert dedicated to the legendary Jimmy Little.

Over a thousand people flocked to the soccer fields, eager to attend the free event. Families arrived with blankets and chairs, settling in each day filled with anticipation.

The enticing aroma of food permeated the air as visitors strolled through the bustling market stalls, adding to the festive atmosphere.

This remarkable event was made possible through a collaborative effort between the Walgett Shire Council, Francis Little, and Buzz Bidstrup, CEO of the Uncle Jimmy Thumbs Up Foundation.

Despite concerns caused by heavy rain two days prior, the sun emerged in time, drying out the oval with not a cloud in the sky throughout the weekend.

MC Anthony Lamond kicked off the festivities, announcing an impressive line-up of events.

Local act Just Us set the stage with their energetic performance, igniting the crowd’s enthusiasm.

The talent quest showcased diverse genres, from music to dance, captivating the audience.

The Buddy Knox Band entertained the growing crowd and warmed up for the upcoming acts.

Dean Ray, known from X Factor, Buzz Bidstrup of Angels fame, Mark Callaghan from GANGgajang, and renowned guitarist Andrew J Richardson rocked the stage, culminating in a dynamic performance of Angels hits that had both young and old dancing energetically. {…]


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Elizabeth Stain, Alice Haywood, and Kasey Chambers. Photo TWH


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