Novem­ber fes­ti­val to go ahead with 74 bands

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

OR­GAN­IS­ERS of the Air­lie Beach Mu­sic Fes­ti­val are keen to as­sure the com­mu­nity that their event is most def­i­nitely go­ing ahead.

The three-day mu­sic fes­ti­val from Novem­ber 8-10 has never been con­nected in any way to the Whit­sun­day Call­ing event.

One of the or­gan­is­ers of the Novem­ber event, long-time Air­lie Beach mu­si­cian Kieran McCarthy, said the can­cel­la­tion of Whit­sun­day Call­ing had ob­vi­ously caused some con­fu­sion and some doubt.

“Those doubts are un­war­ranted. The Air­lie Beach Mu­sic Fes­ti­val is def­i­nitely go­ing ahead,” he said.

Pro­moter Gavin But­lin con­firmed that all artists were booked for the Novem­ber event.

“They’re all booked and we’re ready to roll,” he said.

In keep­ing with the Whit­sun­day re­gional theme, the Air­lie Beach Mu­sic Fes­ti­val will in­cor­po­rate 74 bands and it is sched­uled to take place in a va­ri­ety of ex­ist­ing venues through­out Air­lie Beach.

Leg­endary gui­tarist Phill Em­manuel is just one of the artists sched­uled to play at the fes­ti­val and has thrown his sup­port be- hind the event in the wake of last week’s Whit­sun­day Call­ing de­ba­cle.

“The peo­ple up there need to be as­sured it is go­ing ahead,” he said.

“And it’s go­ing to be a chance to see dif­fer­ent acts in dif­fer­ent sit­u­a­tions – that’s one of the things that’s go­ing to be good about it.”

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