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Bondi Cigars Sharyn O'Neill

Wrap-up of Blues and Roots Festival

YOU couldn't ask for more with three days of live music, a relaxed atmosphere, and well behaved crowds.

It was the 2012 Agnes Water Blues and Roots Festival, and about 800 music lovers soaked up more than just a bit of rain over the weekend.

Starting at 2pm on Friday, the first line-up of bands included Gladstone lad Jack Blandford, Sunshine Coast-based Cleveland Blues and Band of Blue, a police band who showed a sense of humour not only by playing "blues" but with a song list that included "I fought the law".

The afternoon line-up all set the scene of relaxing quality entertainment before the headline act Diesel took to the stage.

Diesel, who celebrated 25 years in the industry last year, can still get the crowds on their feet and dancing.

Man Alive, Never Miss Your Water and Cry in Shame were just some of the hits he performed, never missing a beat.

His performance alone was worth the ticket price for the whole weekend.

Saturday's line-up included local Rockhampton talent Shoeless Joe, a bit of brass with The Corporates, a Tassie touch with Dave Wilson Band and the ever popular Sydney band Bondi Cigars bringing the night to a close with a full dance floor.

But it was a mid afternoon performance by Mason Rack band that was the surprise standout of the weekend. Fabulous vocals, plenty of crowd interaction, not to mention superb skills, Mason Rack Band was a delight to watch.

The high-energy act entertained right from get go, and their beer keg drum-off finale exhausted me just watching them.

Pouring rain didn't stop fans lining up after their gig to buy their CDs and get them signed by the band.

The final day of the festival started with an all-in jam session and ended on a high note with the classic Phil Emmanuel.

The weekend had a great family friendly atmosphere, and despite a couple of showers, it was a great, all-weather venue so most stayed dry under the big marquee.

With the date set for next year's event, February 22-24, the news that Mason Rack Band have been booked to return is reason enough to buy your early-bird tickets now.

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