Reef Festival rocks the crowds
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.