Conolly Park will be temporarily transformed into a musical arena next year as part of the city's economic recovery following two years of COVID restrictions.
Wagga has been selected as one of four regional centres to host ARIA award-winning Lime Cordiale's The Squeeze music festival, set to travel Australia in Autumn next year.
Wagga City Council (WWCC) have announced they are sponsoring the event, stating it was an easy investment given 25 per cent of the city's population are under 30 years-old.
WWCC economy & events coordinator Fiona Hamilton added that the festival will be 'a really good fit' ahead of an already exciting first half to Wagga's event calendar.
"The timing was also fantastic, just coming out of COVID, to have something in that sort of autumn time of the year when the weather is really nice," Ms Hamilton said.
"This particular concert is a great way to bring particularly that 18 to 30 age group together because we haven't had live music in the city like this before for that particular audience, so it is really exciting."
Chugg Music, the organisation behind the festival, recognised Wagga's capability to host large music events and are excited to bring popular acts including Thelma Plum, Client Liaison as well as Lime Cordiale to town for the first time.
Chugg Music representative and local Tim McMullen said it is fantastic to have council on board in delivering Wagga's first mainstream, 'youth' orientated music event.
"We've got a huge fan base here, and we always seem to miss out, so it's fantastic that we can now put on an event of this calibre and bring those bands to Wagga," Mr McMullen said.
"If we can just continue along this path, we can see lots more music events of all levels coming to Wagga and council's creating amazing spaces for us to be able to use."
The +18 event set for April 23 is expected to draw a crowd of between 5000-6000 locals and visitors and will aid in growing the city's profile as a highly regarded regional events destination.
"We'll be drawing people in from further afield, so from Canberra, Albury, Melbourne and Sydney," Ms Hamilton said.
"Everyone that comes in stays an extra night, that brings money in that gets spent at cafes and restaurants, and they'll buy things when they're here so it boosts the economy."
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