November festival to go ahead with 74 bands
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.”