More than 1,000 musicians and fans gathered at Melbourne’s Victoria Park on Monday to celebrate the first-ever Melbourne-based folk music concert.
The event, held under the auspices of the Victoria Folk Music Festival, was held as part of a three-week festival series called Folk Music for the People.
The Melbourne-born musician, writer and songwriter John Pritchard said the event was meant to “take back the music from the elite”.
“We want to give people the opportunity to have a great time with their friends, have a laugh, have some great music,” he said.
Mr Pritborough said the festival series had grown out of the “sickness of having to go somewhere that we didn’t know we would like”.
“I don’t want people to be left out of this.
I think we can get to the point where it’s a real alternative to the mainstream.”
The first Melbourne-listed event in Australia was held in January when hundreds of people turned up to hear local artists, including folk and bluegrass, as well as artists from across the country.
Mr Lai said the first Melbourne event would be held again on May 1, and would be followed by a series of smaller events.
“We’re just getting started,” he told AAP.
“I’m looking forward to seeing the growth that happens.”