Reef Fes­ti­val rocks the crowds

Whitsunday Times - - 2014 WHITSUNDAY REEF FESTIVAL -

A STEL­LAR line-up of mu­si­cal entertainment had thou­sands of peo­ple danc­ing in the main street of Air­lie Beach on Fri­day and Satur­day night.

Af­ter the 2014 Whit­sun­day Reef Fes­ti­val of­fi­cially kicked off on Fri­day, with what many de­scribed as the best “fire­cracker night” yet, the crowds headed over to the main street stage for per­for­mances by XFac­tor stars Nathaniel and The Col­lec­tive.

While Nathaniel started the night soul­fully, The Col­lec­tive fin­ished it by whip­ping their fans into a frenzy, reach­ing out to touch the hands of a sea of ador­ing girls.

Satur­day’s line-up was just as pop­u­lar, with per­for­mances by lo­cal acts, Marley Hole, The Brandy Project and Sun Sa­lute, plus fes­ti­val favourites The Twine. Head­lin­ing were The Ba­sics, fresh from a record­ing ses­sion at Lon­don’s fa­mous Abbey Road Stu­dios and fea­tur­ing Wally de Backer of Go­tye fame.

Reef Fes­ti­val chair­woman Margie Murphy said feed­back about this year’s line-up had been as­tound­ing.

“Peo­ple couldn’t be­lieve that Wally de Backer was in town and Nathaniel and The Col­lec­tive also put on a great show – they met peo­ple af­ter­wards and were very giv­ing of their time,” she said.

Ms Murphy thanked the team from the Air­lie Beach Mu­sic Cen­tre for all their hard work on the main stage.

“They did an amaz­ing job and I can’t be­lieve how hard they worked, for four whole days,” she said.

LIGHT SHOW: The Porters Fire­works got the 2014 Whit­sun­day Reef Fes­ti­val off to a glow­ing start on Fri­day night. Photo Sharon Small­wood / Whit­sun­day Times

CROWD FAVOURITES: The Col­lec­tive were ex­tremely pop­u­lar with the crowd at the Air­lie Beach Mu­sic Cen­tre main stage on Fri­day night. Photo by An­drew Pat­tin­son / Vampp Pho­tog­ra­phy.

STAR ACT: Lo­cal MCIsaac An­dreou (sec­ond left) was back­stage with the boys from The Ba­sics, fea­tur­ing Wally de Backer, aka Go­tye (cen­tre right) on Satur­day night.

BUILD­ING THE AT­MOS­PHERE: Fes­ti­val favourites The Twine drew a crowd to the main street of Air­lie Beach on Satur­day night.

SWEET MU­SIC: X-Fac­tor star Nathaniel ser­e­naded Air­lie Beach at the 2014 Whit­sun­day Reef Fes­ti­val on Fri­day night.

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