Vintage makes a Wignalls return

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The Wignalls Vintage Music Festival is back for 2020, with Ash Grunwald and the Blues Brothers Revue announced as the headline acts.

After a five-year hiatus, the well-known Wignalls Winery concert will return in January for its 18th year.

The Albany winery made its return to music shows with a Missy Higgins and John Butler Trio showcase in January, but last week it announced its beloved Vintage Music Festival was making a comeback.

Punters might remember the Blues Brothers Revue from a massive show in 2011, when they performed alongside Daryl Braithwaite.

In January, they will play in Albany on the 40th anniversary of the Blues Brothers film’s release.

Australian blues musician Ash Grunwald will join the festivities on his international tour, while The Vibrolators with Miss Peta Lee will open the evening.

Winery owner and event organiser Rob Wignall said the last Vintage Music Festival was held in 2015 and they were excited to bring it back to the Great Southern to boost tourism. “Ash Grunwald played at the last event and brought the house down. He is progressing at a rapid rate and making it big-time,” Mr Wignall said.

“The Blues Brother Revue played with Braithwaite and it was the best party that we have probably ever held.

“That is exactly the hype of funs that we want to bring to this one, so that everyone lets their hair down.”

He said that at the last Vintage Music Festival, 28 per cent of attendees lived more than 200km away, proving the show’s tourism value.

Everybody wines - fuel stations, lunch bars, taxi companies, supermarkets, small businesses, local providers, local security.

“It is a very significant thing for the local economy to get this thing up and going.”

The winery announced the line-up and ticket release on social media last week and tickets are already being snatched up.

The concert is set for Friday, January 10. For tickets, visit vintageblues.com.au.

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