IN A region where the opportunity for artists to play their own music in front of a crowd is rare, it's no wonder musicians come flocking to perform at OMFest.
Everybody's favourite grassroots music festival is back this weekend, with the annual event held at Waru Community Gardens.
Unlike most festivals, OMFest (Original Music Festival) doesn't save the best until last, so get in early if you want to catch some of the stand-out acts.
Organiser and well-known local musician Steve Butler says this year's line-up is the most diverse and quirky yet.
"Popular country rockers Bluestone kick-start the day, followed by solo artists Chenai Boucher, Aaron Hamilton, Suzie Baloh, and Michelle Taylor with her band,” he said.
"Having two stages means the music never stops, so as one act finishes, another one starts.
"The high-energy power of The Clan is followed by the mesmerising Rustic Gypsies, newcomer John Leif, the eclectic Medicinal Porpoises, and Sophie Rose, an OMFest old hand for one so young.
"As the sun goes down the Sha'Waza dance troupe do their exotic dance routine, which will be followed by an OMFest first: Jodie Van de Wetering will do a stand-up comedy routine, before Show us Shiraz gets us back to the music.”
You can catch up with artists that you saw (or missed) at Village Festival like the soulful Casey Marie, and award winning Amelia Case.
"The Diversions are coming all the way from Brisbane to play - that's how far this magic little festival's fame has spread,” Steve added.
Outside the Academy is a two-piece whose technological use of layers and textures of sound are truly transporting.
Keppel Coast Arts is running a bar, food is for sale and a range of stalls will add to the festival atmosphere.
JAG Music and Sound and the Coowonga Folk Club are also sponsoring what is always a fabulous afternoon and evening.