Airlie is up-tempo for Music Festival next week
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.