Music buffs kick back at Golconda

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CROWDS of mainland music buffs were yesterday kicking back in the Tasmanian wilderness for the second day of Golconda's A Festival Called Panama.

Sydney's Ivy Rocket and Chris Leech travelled to Tasmania especially for the festival long weekend and joined a host of patrons who had travelled from across Australia.

Ms Rocket said the pair would attend a different festival every weekend this month, ending with a house festival at their Sydney home.

Hundreds of families with children, couples and travellers enjoyed the scenic surrounds at the maiden festival, which has been deemed a success by organisers.

American funk-soul legend Charles Bradley brought last night's festivities to a close, following performances from Melbourne's Husky, Twerps, Super Wild Horses, The Frowning Clouds and Brisbane's Holy Holy.

While games of frisbee and soccer were played on the oval, face painting, massages, acrobatics and clothes-swapping  happened between performances.

Organisers Dan Rooke and Tim Carroll said the future of the festival would be determined by feedback and input of attending parties.

``Everybody here is just about the festival,'' Mr Rooke said.

``The crowd has been very respectful and responsible.''

Mr Carroll said he was humbled to host such a large number of reputable performers for the festival's debut.

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