Top artists an­nounced for pop­u­lar mu­sic fest

Pilbara News - - News - Louise Alling­ham

The 2016 Beats in the Heat mu­sic and camp­ing fes­ti­val line-up has been an­nounced.

This year, the fes­ti­val will be a two-day event at Kar­ratha En­ter­tain­ment Com­plex, in Bul­garra, on Fri­day, June 24 and Satur­day, June 25.

Head­lin­ing acts in­clude coun­try star John Wil­liams, dance mu­sic group The Pot­bellees, hip-hop artist Drapht, and jazz/ska out­fit The Cat Em­pire.

Also hit­ting the stage will be Art vs Sci­ence, Bri­tish In­dia, Yolanda Be Cool, Some Blonde, KLP, Mashd n Kutcher and many more. An­other huge act and a line-up of lo­cal bands are set to be an­nounced next month.

Fes­ti­val or­gan­iser Bart Par­sons said he hoped the eclec­tic line-up would bring a wider au­di­ence.

“We want to make it a friendly fes­ti­val,” he said.

“The age de­mo­graphic is more var­ied; a good ma­jor­ity of the peo­ple in­ter­ested are aged from 30 on­wards.”

Aside from the mu­sic, pun­ters will be able to en­joy a silent disco, free car park­ing, and an all-day-long food ex­trav­a­ganza.

Mr Par­sons hopes to or­gan­ise a num­ber of events lead­ing up to the fes­ti­val in­clud­ing DJ work­shops in schools, a tal­ent show in Roe­bourne and a bat­tle of the bands com­pe­ti­tion, with the win­ner open­ing the fes­ti­val on the main stage.

Pic­ture: Court­ney Fowler

Aus­tralian hip-hop artist Illy head­lined last year’s 2015 Beats in the Heat mu­sic and camp­ing fes­ti­val.

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