Wagga musicians are gearing up to transform one of the main streets into a hub of great tunes.
Fitz Fest, a micro-festival, is happening for the first time this May.
Event organiser Phoebe Pinnock said it would be a 12-hour event with about six "stages" throughout Fitzmaurice Street in different businesses.
"Fitz Live inspired it, but it is not quite as big as that," she said.
"The exact timetable is still being determined. Fitz Live was such a wonderful model that the community responded so positively to."
Ms Pinnock said the pandemic forced local talent to sit at home without opportunities to perform their original music live.
"It's a wonderful festival for the community to come together after people have not been able to come together like this for so long," she said.
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"How great is it that Wagga City Council has given us such immense support because it's part of the COVID recovery to help artists and venues in central.
"There will be a big finish at the Thirsty Crow with Duck Puppy. They are an incredible band, I last saw them perform at Fitz Live, and they are amazing."
Ms Pinnock said the event is free and encouraged people to get out and support local businesses and musicians alike by enjoying a meal or a drink while listening to some fantastic tunes.
Duck Puppy is a four-piece band based in Wagga made up of Sheldon Holmes, Simon Eyles, Timothy Crutchett and Zac Lloyd-Zantiotis.
The group will be releasing a new EP written and recorded in the city at the festival during their closing set at the Thirsty Crow.
"One thing that is interesting is that the EP was recorded at the end of 2020," Tim said.
"We kept trying to get into the studio, and the pandemic hit and then we had other obstacles.
"So we tweaked and rewrote parts during the lockdown. We had tried to do the online jamming thing, but it hadn't worked, so it made even greater sense when we came together to record because we had all that time apart, and we could just blast out the songs."
Tim said it had been a while since they could perform a live show due to the lockdown and are keen to play for an audience.
Sheldon encouraged Wagga to get out and support the event.
"Live music is a part of our cultural identity," he said.
"The art that is expressed and created is part of who we are as a community.
"It's a good thing to support art and music from other places, but there is something different when it is a local expression. This is our hometown, and this is a display or a celebration of things here."
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