IN READINESS: MC Billy Adams, of Imbil, is already hard at work on festival preparations.
IN READINESS: MC Billy Adams, of Imbil, is already hard at work on festival preparations. Renee Pilcher

They’re coming from all over to rock the region

"THREE days and three nights of non-stop party, with a continual flow of rock and blues music" - that's the Mary Valley's upcoming Mitchell Creek 2014 Rock and Blues Festival.

But there is more to it than that, according to organiser Jimmy Budgen, especially for the Mary Valley.

Guests will be welcomed to the Valley at the festival's grand opening, at noon next Saturday, by Gympie MP David Gibson and Mary Valley councillor Julie Walker.

Their appearance is on behalf of the Minister for Tourism and Major Events, Jan Stuckey.

And, even in its own small way (numbers are capped to keep everyone comfortable), a major event is what the festival has quickly become.

The festival will be putting the Mary Valley on show, as well as giving 150 artists an enthusiastic audience.

"Tickets are selling well and we've got a planeload coming from Adelaide and Perth," Mr Budgen said yesterday.

"Last weekend we had group bookings from Tassie, Roma, North Queensland and nearly the whole town of 1770."

Imbil rocker Billy Adams is an enthusiastic part of the show, as master of ceremonies and stage manager and he is already working the odd 16-18-hour day to ensure all is ready. Gympie performer Brother Phoenix will appear on Sunday afternoon, after winning the Tremors Sound Off competition.

With weekend passes starting from $195 and BYO drinks, it is also affordable, Mr Budgen said.