Orig­i­nal Sun­days a huge suc­cess

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

THE Air­lie Beach Mu­sic Fes­ti­val’s first Orig­i­nal Sun­days event has been touted as a huge suc­cess, with over 400 peo­ple turn­ing out to watch seven acts per­form­ing their own orig­i­nal mu­sic at Air­lie’s Mag­nums Ho­tel on Sun­day.

Event or­gan­iser An­drew Pat­tin­son said all acts were very well re­ceived and mu­sic fans of all ages were up danc­ing and en­joy­ing the mini fes­ti­val at­mos­phere.

“All acts were treated to at least one stand­ing ova­tion each and the youngest act, Sam McCann, found it hard to leave the stage with crowds chant­ing ‘more, more, one more’,” Mr Pat­tin­son said.

“All the acts in­volved with the show were on cloud nine af­ter­wards and were amazed at the crowd re­ac­tions.”

Lo­cal legend Kieran McCarthy was the per­fect choice to start the af­ter­noon and treated the crowd to an ex­clu­sive pre­view of his soon-to-be re­leased sixth stu­dio al­bum ‘Flash as a Rat’.

He was fol­lowed by other equally tal­ented acts such as The Mir­ror Moves and Re­belquin.

Air­lie Beach Mu­sic Fes­ti­val pro­moter Gavin ‘Butto’ But­lin said he was ex­tremely happy with the turn out.

“It was great to see so many peo­ple come out for this - we had mums, dads, kids and grand­mas turn­ing up and rock­ing out - Air­lie Beach and the Whit­sun­days has no short­age of orig­i­nal tal­ent and the mu­sic fans saw that on Sun­day,” he said.

Based on the suc­cess of this in­au­gu­ral event, Mr But­lin said he hoped to squeeze another Orig­i­nal Sun­days event in be­fore the main fes­ti­val, from Novem­ber 7-9.

Mean­while he thanked the Air­lie Beach Mu­sic Cen­tre “for an awe­some job on the sound” and the staff at Mag­nums “for giv­ing us the chance to play orig­i­nal [songs]”.

Leonie Smith, who was hol­i­day­ing from South Aus­tralia was the lucky win­ner of a three-day ticket to the Air­lie Beach Mu­sic Fes­ti­val, won sim­ply by at­tend­ing Sun­day’s event.

Ms Smith said she couldn’t wait to re­turn in Novem­ber and would be bring­ing three friends.

"It was a won­der­ful af­ter­noon and win­ning a ticket just made my day" she said.

LUCKY WIN­NER: Danny Stockow from Graphic House (left) and Air­lie Beach Mu­sic Fes­ti­val pro­moter Gavin But­lin (right) with Leonie Smith, who won a three-day day ticket to the fes­ti­val by at­tend­ing its in­u­agu­ral 'Orig­i­nal Sun­days' event. Photo An­drew Pat­tin­son / Vampp Pho­tog­ra­phy

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