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23 April, 2021

‘Nipper’ to enjoy Savannah pool festival ahead of October smorgasbord of country music

MAREEBA festival goers, residents across the Tablelands and others from across the state will make their way to Cairns today and tomorrow to sip cocktails, dine at poolside pop-up food stalls and enjoy 18 hours of live music at the Savannah Summer Series Pool Party.

By Michael Warren

'Nipper' Brown is excited for the Savannah pool party.

MAREEBA festival goers, residents across the Tablelands and others from across the state will make their way to Cairns today and tomorrow to sip cocktails, dine at poolside pop-up food stalls and enjoy 18 hours of live music at the Savannah Summer Series Pool Party. 

The two-day event is a prelude and warm-up to the region’s new country music festival, Savannah in the Round, (SITR) at Mareeba’s Kerribee Park from October 1-3. 

Among the masses at the Novotel Oasis hosted event over the next few days to enjoy the likes of Thirsty Merc, Adam Brand and others will be one of the people that pushed for the creation of SITR, Edward 'Nipper' Brown.

Nipper like many others is excited to get a taste of live music ahead of the main thing in a few months’ time. 

“It will be a good few days and a timely lead into the real stuff in October,” he said. 

“I think after the past 12 months we’ve experienced a lot of people are just wanting to have some fun outdoors, both the pool party and later in the year, SITR, will allow people to do just that.” 

Meanwhile, SITR is sure to become entrenched as one of Far North Queensland’s most iconic annual events. After seeing the powerhouse success of CMC Rocks down south Nipper wanted to create Far North’s version of CMC. 

He soon secured the funds for an event feasibility study, joined forces with renowned promoter James Dein to get the project off the ground – and the rest is history. 

Aside from Nipper, Mareeba’s Shane Srhoj also played a big role in the formation of the event. 

His passion, initiative and ongoing discussions with Dein, which started at the Way out West Fest in Winton, vital in SITR eventually being established.  


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