Launch parties herald event
Beats in the Heat launch parties have kicked off and will be touring around the North West through the month of June.
Geraldton and Karratha were the first to host the launches last weekend, with Broome, Port Hedland and Carnarvon next.
Beats in the Heat festival organiser Bart Parsons said he was extremely happy with the turnout.
Genga, Panda and Corey David got behind the decks at the launch and have been added to the line-up of local DJs set to play at Beats in the Heat.
“I’m a big supporter of local music,” Mr Parson said.
“It’s young crew who probably wouldn’t normally get too much exposure ... they bring a bit of life to the party, which is great.”
Party-goers also have the opportunity to win Beats in the Heat tickets.
Mr Parsons said ticket sales were going steady but should pick up soon with the event getting closer and the North West Festival lineup announcement.
“Beats tickets are strong. We'd expect to sell out of single-day tickets within the next fortnight.
“Now that North West line up’s out as well, it sort of gives people a bit of certainty (as to) which one they’re going to go to,” he said.
“We’re local and we’d like to be supported because it’s a pretty big event for the town.”
VIP tickets are a popular choice this year. “(They are selling) really well because I think that’s on the back of how well we did with it last year so that’s been quite positive,” Mr Parsons said.
“We’ve got things like table-tennis tables and like a beauty station so girls can do themselves back-up, cocktails and ATMs and stuff like that.”
Also on offer at the festival will be food, market stalls, a silent disco and free camping.
Punters will be able to enjoy the silent disco until well after midnight.
“We’ve allowed car camping this year,” Mr Parsons said.
“It just gives people the freedom to lock their things away. It’s just one of those luxuries.”
If you’re on a tight budget and looking to make some extra cash, festival organisers are looking for staff over the two days.
“We’re always looking for staff,” Mr Parsons said.
“People can jump on the Facebook page and email Lara through there.”
Beats in the Heat is from June 24 to 25 at Karratha Entertainment Centre.
For tickets and more information, visit beatsintheheat.com. au. The Pilbara News have five double passes valued at $300 each to give away. For your chance to win, email you name and phone number to firstname.lastname@example.org. Entries close 5pm June 1.
Angus Rogers, Corey David, Bart Parsons, Panda, Knew and Genga at the Karratha launch party.