First birth­day bash

Orig­i­nal Sun­days cel­e­brates

Whitsunday Times - - CHILL. -

ORIG­I­NAL Sun­days cel­e­brates its first birth­day this week­end at Mag­nums, with an all-star line-up fea­tur­ing acts from New Zealand, Tas­ma­nia and, of course, the Whit­sun­days.

Sun­day’s event will be the sev­enth in­stal­ment of the Orig­i­nal Sun­days, where lo­cal, na­tional and in­ter­na­tional acts have strut­ted their stuff.

The con­cept was orig­i­nally spawned from the suc­cess of the Air­lie Beach Fes­ti­val of Mu­sic’s bat­tle of the bands com­pe­ti­tion, which drew huge crowds.

This Sun­day’s gig will kick off at 1pm with lo­cal ris­ing star Mar­ley Hole.

Mar­ley re­turns to the Orig­i­nal Sun­days’ line-up with her beau­ti­ful voice and is quickly be­com­ing a crowd favourite around the Whit­sun­days.

Fol­low­ing Mar­ley will be two solo acts from the Gold Coast in Zak Barker and El­liot We­ston.

Zak, who re­cently moved to the Whit­sun­days, will use his soft voice and smooth guitar sound to set the scene for an easy-lis­ten­ing af­ter­noon at Mag­nums.

El­liot is best known as the lead singer of in­die band “The Ocean­ics” and he is mak­ing his Whit­sun­day de­but, launch­ing his never-be­fore-heard solo reper­toire.

New Zealand’s Aaron Saxon re­turns once again to bring his Kiwi reg­gae vibe to set up the groove for the Sun­day crowds.

Aaron is an ac­com­plished mu­si­cian and will per­form his master class in acous­tic loop­ing.

Tas­ma­nian jour­ney­man 4 String Phil fol­lows with his unique style of blues rock played on a va­ri­ety of gui­tars, fea­tur­ing just four strings.

Phil is so keen for this event that he is driv­ing through the night straight from a per­for- mance in Mis­sion Beach just to be at Orig­i­nal Sun­days.

“This guy is not to be missed and he can play the guitar with four strings bet­ter than most can with six strings,” event or­gan­iser An­drew Pat­tin­son said.

The fi­nal act of the day is Re­belquin, led by lead-singer Sharon Van­der­berg, whose voice is sim­i­lar to that of Melissa Etheridge.

Re­belquin’s style of blues, rock and coun­try mixed with lead guitar from lo­cal leg­end Vimmi K is sure to have the crowd on their feet.

Mr Pat­tin­son says he was ex­cited about cel­e­brat­ing the event’s first birth­day and backed it to only grow in strength, based on how well it had been re­ceived to date.

Air­lie Beach Fes­ti­val of Mu­sic tick­ets will also be on sale at the event, with three­day passes avail­able be­tween 1 and 6pm for $220 (the for­mer early bird price).

Photo: An­drew Pat­tin­son / Vampp Pho­tog­ra­phy

TAL­ENTED: 4 String Phil will rock Orig­i­nal Sun­days this week­end. LOUD: Gold Coast mu­si­cian Zak Barker.

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