Festival teaser for Airlie
LOCALS looking forward to the 2015 Airlie Beach Festival of Music won’t have to wait for their first taste of this year’s original acts, some of whom will take to the stage at Airlie’s Magnums Hotel, this Sunday from 1pm.
Rampant Rose, Matt Damnage, Wing It, Matt Angell and Fox n Hound will all be per- forming as part of the festival’s ‘Original Sundays’, an ongoing live music series that not only promotes the upcoming festival but also showcases a variety of local acts.
Diane Fordsmith, otherwise known as Rampant Rose, will get this Sunday’s session going at 1pm. After playing in a Flamenco troupe for about six years, Fordsmith formed the band Rampant Roses, especially for the Airlie Beach Festival of Music in 2013. On Sunday she’ll be accompanied by blind flute player ‘Sir Charles’.
Next up will be Jolly Jingo and Nadene Allan.
“He sings protest songs with a smile and she will bring her bluesy folk style,” event organiser Andrew Pattinson said.
At 3pm Matt Damnage will be up on stage, a crowd favourite for Whitsunday music fans over many years.
Former local Matt Angell will take over at 4pm to no doubt remind the crowd of his stand-out performance last month.
“Angell’s bluesy riffs and silky vocals had the fans chanting for more so we had to bring him back,” Mr Pattinson said.
Angell will be playing more original tracks from his recently released album ‘Are You Ready’.
The final act will be threepiece band Fox n Hound, who will bring the house down from 5pm.
Mr Pattinson said Fox n Hound were usually a cover band
“But they’ve been rehearsing for this for about a month now so they’re really stepping it up,” he said.
“And if their performance is anything like what they did at the Battle of the Bands they really will bring the house down.”
Special one-off early bird tickets to this year’s Airlie Beach Festival of Music will be available at the event at a oneday-only price of just $200 for a three-day pass.
Entry to Original Sundays is free.
FINAL ACT: Fox n Hound are predicted to bring the house down at this weekend's Original Sundays event. Photo Andrew Pattinson / Vampp Photography.
SUNDAY SINGER: Nadene Allan, pictured here at a previous Original Sundays event, will be back to entertain the crowds at Magnums this weekend. Photo Andrew Pattinson / Vampp Photography.