ARMIDALE’S A Day on the Green has outgrown its beds and the city couldn’t be happier.
Last year’s event attracted 6400 music lovers and this year more than 7000 are expected to descend on the city on Saturday, March 9.
The concert is attracting people from all over the state, and other parts of eastern Australia to enjoy the line-up of Neil Finn and Paul Kelly, Lisa Mitchell and Mark eymour at Petersons Winery.
The event has grown so big, Armidale Showground will host a tent city.
Armidale Legacy will be on site to offer breakfast and other services.
Shuttle buses will run from the showgrounds to the winery, giving patrons a hassle-free transport option to enjoy this year’s A Day on the Green.
The city will have events across three days, called Access All Areas, to encourage visitors to appreciate what Armidale has to offer.
Armidale Dumaresq Council is holding a larger-than-usual monthly market in the mall on Sunday morning following the concert, with live music and stalls.
More than 20 of the town’s retailers have combined forces with special offers and discounts in stores and extended shopping hours on Saturday and Sunday.
Armidale mayor Jim Maher said there would be a lot of activity in the city over the Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
“We want to showcase Armidale as a great place to live,” he said. “We’ve just won the Most Sustainable Community at the NSW Tidy Towns Awards and we hope to be knocking on the door when they announce the national winners in April or May. The weather last year was fantastic and we’re hoping for that again.
"I think all our CBD retailers and service providers are excited about this and we have a very co-operative community in providing as many services as possible.
“Access all Areas was born out of the evaluation process which followed the highly successful 2012 event,” he said.
“Quite simply, it is planned to extend the party atmosphere engendered by A Day on the Green at Petersons Winery down into the CBD.”