DESPITE drawing in renowned artists from across the country and the world, Savannah in the Round had no shortage of homegrown talent as several Far Northern artists got their chance to perform.
Among them were some who had stepped up from their previous performances in years prior and others who took to the stage for the first time.
Mareeba’s own Jeremy Fletcher was once again performing at the Big Top Music Tent and drew quite a loyal crowd who let him know they were excited to see him perform.
Other locals who took the stage included band Careless, Aurelle Brunjes, 8 Ball Aitken, Edie Skiba and Cooktown-born, Byron Bay artist Yazmindi.
It was Yazmindi’s first time on the big stage as she performed at the Big Top Music Tent on Saturday morning, a fact she was incredibly excited about.
“I had to kind of prove myself last year and make sure it was a good and that the organisers loved it,” she said.
“They thought I was ready for the Big Top and its only up and away from here – maybe next year it will be the Main Stage.
“This morning was nice and relaxed but there was still a lovely energy.”
After her performance there was a line of people eager to meet her and get her signature, something Yazmindi was not used to.
“Since the release of my album, it has just gotten more popular and gotten me bigger, better gigs and venues and helped me reach that next level,” she said.
“I was not expecting people to come up and get autographs, everyone was wanting me to sign their fresh Akubra hats which is quite the privilege.
“I’ve gained a lot of news fans and I love the country folk because they aren’t afraid to come up and say hello and they’re very genuine fans as well.”
Being a mainstay of the festival over the past few years, Yazmindi believes the festival has really helped her develop in her musical journey.
“Savannah has helped a lot with getting my leg up, getting more fans and getting more shows,” she said.
“It is such a supportive team here at Savannah, they are lovely.”