Art, not technology, at Jackeys Marsh

NO MOBILE phone reception, no internet and no automatic teller machines may sound like a nightmare for tech-savvy Tasmanians, but this weekend's Jackeys Marsh Forest Festival is all about the arts.

The festival's first three-day event will place focus on family, fun, local produce and performers.

Tomorrow's opening day will feature Melbourne headline act The Go Set, supported by a host of popular Tasmanian performers.

Festival director Bridget Nicklason-King said she expected the biennial event to  sell out again  after recording a bumper 2012 crowd.

``We've probably got more than 100 musicians, and at least 30 bands, and almost all of them are Tasmanian,'' Ms Nicklason-King said.

``It's very community-focused.  All of our market stalls, all of our food stalls are supplied by local farms. It's all organic where possible.

``We've also had our own festival beer created by Brewnouveau with Seven Sheds just for this.''

Due to the  environmentally sustainable vision, Ms Nicklason-King said attendees were asked to bring their own plates, bowls and cutlery - as well as enough cash to survive the weekend.

``We have a no-rubbish policy, which means that none of the stallholders provide food or drinks on disposable utensils,'' she said.

``It's got better and better each year. We're closer and closer to becoming environmentally sustainable - the entire festival is run on solar power.''

Saturday's program includes a headline performance from former John Butler Trio drummer and Bomba frontman Nicky Bomba, and  Ramornie sister duet Siskin River will headline the following day's program.

For more information, go to www.forestfestival.org.

SHOW TIME

WHAT: Jackeys Marsh Forest Festival.

WHEN: Tomorrow to Monday.

WHERE: Jackeys Marsh, near Deloraine.

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