ORGANISERS of the 2021 Leeton Outback Band Spectacular are hoping they have enough contingency plans in place to ensure they can hold not just a revamped, but successful event.
Big changes are afoot for the 2021 event, including a change of location from indoors to outdoors at the Leeton ovals.
Usually the three-day event focuses on the CBD area, with bands playing in businesses and in Jarrah Mall before a huge mass concert on the Roxy Theatre stage.
With the Roxy undergoing redevelopment and COVID rules and regulations constantly changes, organisers of this year's spectacular have thought outside the box.
The event will be held on November 5, 6 and 7, with the town ovals to be the main focal point for the majority of events.
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For the first time workshops with tutors from outside the area will be held, a jam session and welcome gathering, performances galore and of course one big spectacular concert where members of bands from all over get together and play together.
Organisers are also hoping the Leeton Farmers and Makers Markets will also move their event to the ovals for one weekend only to add to the occasion.
There will also still be some pop up performances in the CBD.
"We haven't actually held a big spectacular since our 2018 event," organiser Ruth Tait said.
"We had a smaller event in 2019 and had to cancel last year because of COVID.
"We're hoping that by having the event outdoors and spaced out nicely that we have covered all our bases.
"There's some big ideas in the works, so we're really hoping everyone can get behind it and come along to enjoy the weekend."
Several of the big bands such as the Golden Kangaroos have signed on again, with many activities including the popular baby proms event all set to go ahead.
Mrs Tait said the event had the backing of Leeton Shire Council, with the idea of an outdoor spectacular appealing to many.
She was hopeful the event would create more interest for town bands, especially given the rough time musicians have had with COVID restrictions.
"Hopefully everything will have settled back down again by then," Mrs Tait said.
"It has been a tough year or so for bands and musicians who have been really restricted in what they can and can't do.
"Hopefully this will be a big celebration and we can show the community and visitors how amazing all our bands are and the talent we have."
For the moment, organisers are busy planning every detail to ensure the experience is one to remember for both band members, audiences and visitors.
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