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Liam manages a star role at Splendour in the Grass

UP FRONT: Liam Nesbitt, west area manager, will also perform in the Manchoir at Splendour in the Grass.
UP FRONT: Liam Nesbitt, west area manager, will also perform in the Manchoir at Splendour in the Grass. Mireille Merlet-Shaw

LIAM Nesbitt is both the man behind the scene and the man on centre stage. For seven years, the Sydney-based area manager has travelled north to Byron Bay to work on-site for Splendour in the Grass.

But last year, Mr Nesbitt made the transition to front of stage with about 11 other performers as part of the Manchoir act.

The act received such good feedback that the group is back again to perform their unique blend of comedy, hard rock, a cappella and everything manly.

"Manchoir is basically just a bunch of guys who started off getting together as a bit of a social thing to have a sing and have a laugh and drink beer," he said.

"And then after a while we realised we sounded pretty good and we started getting offered gigs, and here we are."

This year, Manchoir will perform on the main stage on Friday, Saturday and Sunday afternoon.

Mr Nesbitt said there was a good chance the group would be performing their own take on Beyoncé's hit All the Single Ladies.

"Sometimes we do songs that you wouldn't expect to see a bunch of blokes in singlets drinking beer singing," he said.

Off the stage, it's a very different role. As west area manager, Mr Nesbitt is one of the first people on-site and one of the last to leave.

"To get to this point, there was a whole year of planning beforehand," he said. "We've been on site for nearly a month setting up, so it's a fairly big juggling act for something this size.

"It can be stressful but there's a lot of people involved in a lot of departments."

The festival takes about eight days to dismantle and pack up.

Mr Nesbitt said he enjoyed being part of the team that helps put the festival together.

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