Festival site is ready to rock
IT’S all systems go on the corner of Gregory Cannon Valley and Richardson Roads, where in just two days, a brand new music and camping festival is scheduled to take place.
Whitsunday Calling will be held over Saturday, October 5 and Sunday, October 6, featuring a line-up of 12 regional, national and international acts.
Festival organiser and music promoter John ‘Scratch’ Grey said the logistics of the event had been “mind-blowing”, but now the 80-acre private property was cleared, levelled and ready for a maximum of 1800 festivalgoers to start arriving on site.
“It’s a true festival in a paddock and that’s what festivals are all about – people sit back by their tents, caravans and four-wheel-drives, enjoy the sound and checking the trees and the hills in the background and most of all they enjoy the music,” he said.
Bands booked to play at the two-day event include Ash Grunwald (with members of the Living End), Rose Tattoo, the Bondi Cigars, New Zealand reggae act Katchafire and the Dynosaurs – a “supergroup” consisting of members of ACDC, The Angels, Choirboys and Hush.
Mr Grey said this line-up of bands was a real “one-off”.
“The bands I’ve got coming – you won’t see them again in this line-up and some of them won’t be around for too much longer – this could be a last call for them,” he said. Campers are welcome to arrive on site and start setting up from tomorrow (Friday) morning. Gates to the festival officially open on Saturday at 7am.
Mr Grey said pre-ticket sales had been “going well – with a lot more expected on the day”. An adult weekend pass costs $180 with day passes available for $100 (adult) and $50 (youth aged 13-17).
For more information and a full list of ticket options, visit www.whitsundaycalling.com.au.
READY TO GO: Whitsunday Calling music festival organiser John 'Scratch' Grey at the festival site on Wednesday.