Festival forging ahead
DELIVERING a music festival for the Whitsunday community has been an ongoing battle for music promoter John ‘Scratch’ Grey, but he says he has not given up.
The festival “Whitsunday Calling” was originally scheduled for September 2012, to be held on Council’s controversial Sports Park land. Former mayor Mike Brunker and Whitsunday MP Jan Jarratt supported the event, with profits to be returned to the community via a specially set-up charity.
“Then the election came and there was a complete new line-up of state and local government,” Scratch said. “We had to start all over again.” With the land no longer available, dates up in the air, bands lost and the charity unable to be established, it was back to the drawing board for Scratch, but fast-forward to August 2013 and it’s a different story, he says.
Posters are up for a new-look Whitsunday Calling festival, to be held over the long weekend of October 5 and 6. The venue is an 80-acre private block on the corner of Gregory Cannon Valley and Richardson Roads, provided by the owner for the event.
Of the 14 bands that Scratch says have now signed on the dotted line, several are crowd pullers in their own right.
“And I’ve got a good mixture of reggae with Katchafire, Ash Grunwald for the young people – he’s a killer blues player – Rose Tattoo for the old rockers, Jenny Morris for the chilled out [and more],” Scratch said.
The festival will also feature The Dynosaurs – a super group comprising members of ACDC, the Angels, Choirboys and Hush.
Only 3000 festival tickets are available with an adult weekend pass costing $180 and a one-day pass costing $100.
Profits will go to Ideal Placements, a not-for-profit, community-based employment agency, providing jobs for people with disabilities.
Scratch is encouraging Whitsunday residents to jump aboard and support the event.
“It’s a festival on a long weekend with bands we know are perfect for here,” he said.
For more information visit www.whitsundaycalling.com.au.
WHITSUNDAY CALLING: Music promoter John 'Scratch' Grey is inviting music lovers from far and wide to the inaugural Whitsunday Calling Festival, scheduled for the long weekend of October 5-6.