Air­lie is up-tempo for Mu­sic Fes­ti­val next week

Whitsunday Times - - FRONT PAGE -

TRUCKS, fenc­ing, light­ing, sound equip­ment and about 250 mu­si­cians are all about to de­scend on the Whit­sun­days for the sec­ond an­nual Air­lie Beach Mu­sic Fes­ti­val, which starts next week.

Mu­sic fes­ti­val pro­moter Gavin ‘Butto’ But­lin says lo­cals can ex­pect to see the town’s sky­line changed when the fes­ti­val’s big top tent goes up at the Whit­sun­day Sail­ing Club next Tues­day af­ter­noon.

“And then all the stuff starts rolling into town – fences and toi­lets – all next week it’s just go­ing to start hap­pen­ing,” he said.

About 400 peo­ple en­joyed a taste of what is to come at a spe­cial ‘teaser’ gig, held at the Whit­sun­day Sail­ing Club on Sun­day af­ter­noon.

Or­gan­iser An­drew Pat­tin­son said both the Ma­son Rack Band and Lance Friend and the Murky River Band pro­vided a great ap­pe­tiser for the mu­sic hun­gry crowd.

“Th­ese guys do a lot of fes­ti­vals so they put on a real fes­ti­val show – it was a big sound and a high en­ergy set,” he said.

“Both acts said they loved the Sail­ing Club for its in­ti­macy and that’s what the main fes­ti­val is go­ing to be about too – even the main stage there’s only 3000 peo­ple are al­lowed.”

Mr But­lin said after last year’s suc­cess, the at­mos­phere around town was ex­tremely pos­i­tive for the 2014 event.

“The town should be ab­so­lutely buzzing and chocca’s – there’s still some ac­com­mo­da­tion left but not much,” he said.

The Air­lie Beach Mu­sic Fes­ti­val runs from Fri­day, Novem­ber 7-Sun­day, Novem­ber 9.

BAND mem­bers may have come and gone but the Scream­ing Jets are still rock­ing on and are look­ing for­ward to per­form­ing in Air­lie Beach.

The Aussie rock leg­ends, who have six stu­dio al­bums un­der their belts and lit­er­ally thou­sands of gigs world­wide, are among the acts play­ing at this year’s Air­lie Beach Mu­sic fes­ti­val, from Novem­ber 7-9.

Front­man Dave Glee­son said the band couldn’t wait to get up on stage in Air­lie Beach.

“The first time we played in Air­lie, we played with Killing Heidi and Skunk Hour [and] I was up there with the An­gels dur­ing a yacht week event too. I love it – one of the most beau­ti­ful places in the world,” he said.

The Scream­ing Jets have been on the scene for 25 years and ap­pear­ing at mu­sic fes­ti­vals is one of the el­e­ments of be­ing ‘rock­star roy­alty’ that they par­tic­u­larly en­joy.

“We love the fact we can do our own shows and be in mu­sic fes­ti­vals – they’re great fun,” Glee­son said. “As a band you have as much fun as peo­ple in the crowd do.”

The Scream­ing Jets are one of 74 bands and over 240 mu­si­cians from all over Aus­tralia and New Zealand, who are head­ing to Air­lie for the fes­ti­val this year. The 2014 acts rep­re­sent a wide range of mu­si­cal gen­res from rock to reg­gae, to blues, coun­try, folk and even hip hop.

Mu­sic will be played at a host of venues through­out Air­lie Beach from 10am to 4pm on Fri­day, Satur­day and Sun­day, with three nights of magic on the main stage at the Whit­sun­day Sail­ing Club, un­der a high-top tent.

Other head­line acts on this year’s line-up in­clude Mark Seymour (Hunters & Col­lec­tors), Jon English, 1927, Shane Howard (Goanna) and Phil Em­manuel.

Tick­ets cost $120 for a one-day pass and $260 for the full three days. For the main stage per­for­mance sched­ule, visit www.air­liebeach­mu­sicfes­ti­val.com.au or to book on­line visit www.mack­ayecc.com.au

SNEAK PRE­VIEW: The Ma­son Rack Band rocked the Whit­sun­day Sail­ing Club on Sun­day as a teaser for next week­end's Air­lie Beach Mu­sic Fes­ti­val. Photo by An­drew Pat­tin­son / Vampp Pho­tog­ra­phy

HEAD­LINE ACT: The Scream­ing Jets are one of the head­line acts for this year's Air­lie Beach Mu­sic Fes­ti­val from Novem­ber 7-9.

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