Cott con­cert blend of ages

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Health - Tanya MacNaughton TANYA MACNAUGHTON

INDUSTRY ex­pe­ri­ence and youth­ful vi­sion have com­bined to present By the C on Cottes­loe Beach on Sun­day, November 20.

Fes­ti­val di­rec­tors John Zac­caria (Zac­caria Con­certs and Tour­ing) and Luke Whe­lan (Met­ric Events, Jack Rab­bit Slims) de­cided to com­bine their strengths to present this in­au­gu­ral event fea­tur­ing John But­ler Trio and An­gus and Ju­lia Stone.

“We first came to­gether for Cast­away Fes­ti­val on Rot­tnest Is­land,” Whe­lan, of Fre­man­tle, said.

“It was a good part­ner­ship be­cause Zac­caria has a lot of ex­pe­ri­ence in the industry and was pre­dom­i­nantly fo­cused on all your large scale tour­ing events, whereas I’ve al­ways been fo­cused on the 18-30 youth mar­ket. We were do­ing sim­i­lar things but to dif­fer­ent au­di­ences.

“John’s (Zac­caria, of Cottes­loe) been work­ing with the coun­cil for three years to gain their trust and showed we could put on a safe event with min­i­mal im­pact on the local com­mu­nity and en­vi­ron­ment. He’s able to bring that re­li­a­bil­ity and I can add my cre­ative (27-year-old) flair.”

Whe­lan said they wanted to cre­ate an event local residents could be proud to have on their an­nual cal­en­dar.

The stage will have its back to the ocean and face the grassed hill to the south of In­di­ana, with con­cert-go­ers on the grass and sand not only get­ting to ex­pe­ri­ence great acts, mar­ket stalls, craft beers and food trucks but the spec­tac­u­lar WA sun­set.

Whe­lan said the line-up was one of the eas­i­est parts of the event to or­gan­ise.

“Cast­away was more of a youth-ori­en­tated thing and Zac­caria nor­mally does your older vin­tage con­tem­po­rary acts, so we tried to come up with a line-up that sat be­tween both of our worlds that catered for up­wards of 25 year olds,” he said.

“Be­ing a coastal local, John But­ler on the beach made sense and he has wide ap­peal.”­mu­ni­ dd461922

Luke Whe­lan and John Zac­caria have teamed up to present the event By the C, a con­cert fea­tur­ing John Buter Trio and An­gus and Ju­lia Stone.

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