From the ed­i­tor's desk

Whitsunday Times - - WHITSUNDAY VIEWS -

THE Air­lie Beach Mu­sic Fes­ti­val is now just over two weeks away. There will be a to­tal of 74 bands play­ing in 15 venues with the main acts at the Whit­sun­day Sail­ing Club.

There are plenty of big names acts plan­ning to come to Air­lie Beach for the in­au­gral fes­ti­val to be held from Novem­ber 8-10.

Aus­tralian favourites Kasey Cham­bers, the Hoodoo Gu­rus and Men­tal as Any­thing are all in the fes­ti­val’s line-up.

Just last month, the late can­cel­la­tion of the Whit­sun­day Call­ing mu­sic fes­ti­val left many peo­ple dis­ap­pointed.

The Air­lie Beach Mu­sic Fes­ti­val now has the sup­port of many busi­ness peo­ple who are de­ter­mined for it to be a suc­cess so that this fes­ti­val can be an an­nual event

With three full days of mu­sic there will be plenty of time to take in all the big names like Phil Em­manuel, Dragon or Diesel as well as lo­cal artists.

Fes­ti­val or­gan­is­ers say at least 1000 peo­ple have al­ready con­firmed they will be at the fes­ti­val and many ac­com­mo­da­tion providers are re­port­ing strong book­ings.

All mu­sic lovers are en­cour­aged to sup­port the fes­ti­val to en­sure it does be­come an an­nual event on the Air­lie Beach cal­en­dar.

On another mat­ter...

OUR thoughts go to ev­ery­one is NSW who live in ar­eas af­fected by bush­fires. The fires have been cat­a­strophic around the Blue Moun­tains and other ar­eas of NSW in the past week. Our thoughts also to the thou­sands of vol­un­teers from all over Aus­tralia who have helped to fight the fires.

Leanne Aber­nethy

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