THE dust has settled after Airlie Beach’s first music festival. 3000 punters spent an estimated $4,000,000 over the three days. The Police made no festival related arrests. Accomodation houses were full over what is a traditionally quiet weekend. Many businesses reported not only record takings for that particular calendar weekend, but record takings full stop.
The Airlie Beach Music Festival is here to stay and arrangements are already in place for next year’s on the 7, 8 and 9th of November 2014 . The format will remain targeting the over 35 demographic.
Gavin “Butto” Butlin had the vision and the courage to make this happen and I feel honoured to have been asked to be on the team. I’ve lived in Airlie for 25 years and have never seen such a unifying and universally applauded happening in this town.
Over the next couple of months Butto and I will be visiting businesses in the region offering sponsorship packages for next year’s event which will basically translate into early bird tickets, merchandise and advertising on the Festival web page.
I urge businesses to come on board and see the future potential of this festival which I have no doubt will become one of Queensland’s premier events in a very short time. Kieran McCarthy AIRLIE BEACH