Teaser for mu­sic fes­ti­val re­stores con­fi­dence af­ter can­celled Whit­sun­day Call­ing gig

Whitsunday Times - - FRONT PAGE - By Sharon Small­wood

BEAU­TI­FUL one day and per­fectly rockin’ the next. This is the Whit­sun­days that or­gan­is­ers of the up­com­ing Air­lie Beach Mu­sic Fes­ti­val want to pro­mote through their three-day event from Novem­ber 8-10.

Fes­ti­val pro­moter Gavin But­lin and lo­cal mu­si­cian Kieran McCarthy have been dream­ing of putting this event to­gether for 25 years and on Sun­day both men were part of a ‘teaser gig’ fea­tur­ing lo­cal mu­si­cians on the Novem­ber line-up and hosted by the Whit­sun­day Sail­ing Club.

Mr But­lin said bad pub­lic­ity sur­round­ing the sep­a­rate Whit­sun­day Call­ing fes­ti­val, which was can­celled on Oc­to­ber 3 with less than 48 hours no­tice, had rubbed off on his event and he was keen to end any con­fu­sion and re­store pub­lic con­fi­dence in the lo­cal mu­sic in­dus­try.

“Ev­ery­one knows now it was two sep­a­rate fes­ti­vals so let’s just get on with the Air­lie Beach Mu­sic Fes­ti­val – this one’s go­ing ahead full steam,” he said.

With the Whit­sun­days’ fa­mous 74 is­land theme trans­lated into 74 bands play­ing at 16 dif­fer­ent venues, the Air­lie Beach Mu­sic Fes­ti­val is ex­pected to be a weekend of non-stop fun in the sun. Kasey Cham­bers, the Hoodoo Gu­rus, Diesel, Dragon and Men­tal as Any­thing are among the mu­si­cians who are booked to play.

Kasey Cham­bers said she was “so ex­cited” to be head­ing up to Air­lie Beach – one of her favourite places in the coun­try.

“And with 73 other bands in­clud- ing my dad, who’ll be play­ing with us as well... we’re look­ing for­ward to it. We can’t wait,” she said.

Mean­while, Whit­sun­day Tick­ets di­rec­tor Jan Martin said re­funds for Whit­sun­day Call­ing were com­pleted last Fri­day.

“I have per­son­ally sent a re­fund con­fir­ma­tion no­ti­fi­ca­tion to each ticket holder via email over the last three days [and] we are pleased that we were able to com­plete this process ahead of sched­ule in just three days,” she said.

LEG­ENDARY gui­tarist Phil Em­manuel can­not wait for the Air­lie Beach Mu­sic Fes­ti­val from Novem­ber 810.

Em­manuel and his band will play the fes­ti­val’s clos­ing set on the main stage at the Whit­sun­day Sail­ing Club on Sun­day, Novem­ber 10.

Among their reper­toire will be songs from the lat­est al­bum Char­i­ots of Fire, which will also be avail­able to buy at the gig.

“I’ll be play­ing a heck of a lot of stuff at the fes­ti­val that peo­ple will never have heard be­fore – it’s just go­ing to be great,” He said.

As a solo artist, Phil Em­manuel is no stranger to Air­lie Beach.

“I go up there and play at KC’s and it’s just fan­tas­tic, but this time I want to show the peo­ple of Air­lie Beach and North Queens­land what I re­ally do,” he said.

Born in Dor­rigo, NSW, Phil Em­manuel started play­ing gui­tar when he was about seven years old, even­tu­ally tour­ing the na­tion with his brother Tommy as The Em­manuel Brothers.

Over the course of his mu­si­cal ca­reer he has played with all the greats in­clud­ing mu­si­cians like Eric Clap­ton and Car­los San­tana. One of his most mem­o­rable mo­ments was play­ing a con­cert for Dire Straits and all of their pro­duc­tion crew on the Brothers in Arms tour in the late ‘80s.

“Another high­light would have been play­ing the clos­ing cer­e­mony of the Olympic Games in Syd­ney in 2000,” he said.

Hav­ing played at nu­mer­ous fes­ti­vals in­clud­ing the Tam­worth Coun­try Mu­sic Fes­ti­val and Blues on Broad­beach, Em­manuel says what he is most look­ing for­ward to about the Air­lie Beach Mu­sic Fes­ti­val is the va­ri­ety that 16 venues and 74 bands will bring.

“You’re not go­ing to be stand­ing in amongst 4050,000 peo­ple watch­ing artist af­ter artist on the same stage,” he said.

“You can see dif­fer­ent acts in dif­fer­ent sit­u­a­tions and that’s just one of the things that’s go­ing to be good about it.”

Three and two-day fes­ti­val passes are avail­able at a cost of $245 and $195 re­spec­tively, with day tick­ets also avail­able for $115.

For more in­for­ma­tion about tick­ets, venues and a full line-up of the bands visit www.air­liebeach­mu­sicfes­ti­ or the fes­ti­val’s Face­book page.

Photo by An­drew Pat­tin­son/Vampp Photography.

RESTOR­ING CON­FI­DENCE: A teaser gig for the Air­lie Beach Mu­sic Fes­ti­val was held at the Whit­sun­day Sail­ing Club on Sun­day, restor­ing con­fi­dence in the lo­cal mu­sic in­dus­try af­ter the re­cent can­cel­la­tion of Whit­sun­day Call­ing.

Photo by An­drew Pat­tin­son/Vampp Photography.

GUI­TAR LEG­END: Phil Em­manuel is one of the stars of the up­com­ing Air­lie Beach Mu­sic Fes­ti­val from Novem­ber 8-10.

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