Ramping up plans for VANFEST

Motocross thrills will meet music at Vanfest! Anticipation is building for the music festival on December 1 and 2 at Forbes Showground. Photo by Australia Ramp Design.
Motocross thrills will meet music at Vanfest! Anticipation is building for the music festival on December 1 and 2 at Forbes Showground. Photo by Australia Ramp Design.

More than 10,600 Vanfest tickets are in the hands of fans across Australia, the US and UK, with more music lovers expected to pick up last-minute tickets. 

Vanfest founder and manager Matt Clifton gave councillors an update on the festival – now less than two weeks away – at their November meeting last Thursday.

More than $600,000 worth of tickets have been sold, with the VIP “sitting pretty” section now at capacity.

Already at record ticket sales, the music festival is upping the ante in terms of entertainment and thrill.

They’re working with the team at Australia Ramp Design to build an epic freestyle motocross ramp that will see a couple of riders jump over the top of the massive and iconic stage.

“It’s not always going to be all about the music, we’re always looking at how we better the experience, the wow,” Clifton told councillors. “We’re working at how we can entertain our primary market.”

Cr Steve Karaitiana questioned how much Council, as leasee of the event, was going to recoup in income against what it spent on the event.

Cr Phyllis Miller pointed out that Parkes Shire Council invests in the Elvis Festival for the benefit of town and business rather than direct income.

“Publicity for VANFEST is publicity for Forbes,” Matt Clifton said. 

“A total 3.2 million individuals have seen something to do with VANFEST on their Facebook news feed.

“There are 14,106 people chatting about us on social media. What would it cost to reach that audience? I’d love to know.”

Tickets, information at vanfest.com.au