Ticket sales are strong for Lismore’s Tropical Fruits New Year’s Festival on the back of recent announcements about the festival line-up.

Local bands Shiny Shiny and The Blush Foundation and gay poet Rhys Rodgers have been announced for the Recovery Day barbeque on New Year’s Day.

Although early bird tickets sold out sooner than expected, festival production assistant Thomas Churchyard said some tickets will be available at the door.

Along with strong ticket sales, Churchyard said there had been significant interest from volunteers.

“We wouldn’t have New Year’s Eve without our volunteers, we rely on them so heavily and once again they’ve come through for us,” he said. “Volunteer numbers are stronger than ever.”

Tropical Fruits will run in conjunction with the second annual Queer Fruits Film Festival, and both festivals will open on December 29 following a parade through Lismore.

Churchyard expects the festivals to be a success.

“As we try to do with every year, this year will be bigger and better than last year,” he told the Star Observer.

“We’re hoping to do really well with ticket sales and get about 3500 people.”

Tropical Fruits and the Queer Fruits Film Festival will take place in Lismore from December 29-January 1.

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