Airlie rocks with festival
CROWD GOES WILD: UK legends 10cc get the crowd pumping to their famous hits at the Airlie Beach Festival of Music on Sunday.
IT WASN’T just the bands that came from far and wide to ensure the Airlie Beach Festival of Music now has an international twist.
On Friday night, as the 2015 event officially launched, so too did an international songwriting competition sponsored by Airlie’s well-known investor Raymond Wang.
Mr Wang said by putting up a prize of $5000 for the winning song writer he hoped to “encourage this artistic music festival, make my specific contribution and pass on my very best wishes for its great success”.
Ever modest, “I only hope to contribute a little extra to the music festival, as the organisers have already done a great job and I am only offering a little helping hand,” he said.
For festival promoter Gavin “Butto” Butlin, who has invested his heart, soul and more than every cent he owns in the event, Mr Wang’s sponsorship of $20,000 and the backing of the competition over the next six months, has been very gratefully received.
Both he and Mr Wang hope they can find someone that can capture the essence of the Whitsundays.
“Our dream is to find a truly beautiful song, which will help to put the Airlie Beach Festival of Music and the Whitsun- days on the national and international stage. This is our version of the best job in the world – but it’s the best song in the world competition,” Mr Butlin said.
Mr Wang added to this by saying he hoped the song could promote the Whitsundays and bring benefits to all its people.
“I feel very honoured to be one of the judges of the Whitsunday song competition and I hope this song will bring prosperous results for the Whitsundays,” he said.
The song needs to be written in English and capture the true meaning of the Whitsundays including its icons of Heart Reef, the Coral Sea and Whitehaven Beach.
It also needs to incorporate cultural references such as love, compassion, wisdom, karma, faith, energy and mindfulness, to engage potential Chinese travellers as well.
With the competition officially launched, the 2015 festival got underway on Friday night with the likes of the Bondi Cigars, The Black Sorrows and Angry Anderson and the James Southwell Band, regaling crowds at the Whitsunday Sailing Club’s main stage.
For more information and to enter the competition visit www. air lie beach festival of music.com.au.
Richard Clapton plays the Airlie Beach Festival of Music on Saturday night.
Joe Camilleri leads the Black Sorrows in an incredible performance at the Airlie Beach Festival of Music on Friday night.
HELPING HAND: Chinese businessman Raymond Wang (centre) and his interpreter Simon Phang, helped Gavin Butlin launch an international songwriting competition at the Airlie Beach Festival of Music on Friday.
IN ADDITION to the stellar musical line-up, the festival continued its artistic slant throughout the weekend with a wood burning collage of all the bands and paintings of the musicians done live, beside the stage, fetching up to $3000 at auction. The woodburning was done by pyrographic artist Glenn Taiapa, with the paintings the work of Bob Gammage. The wood burning and Sunday’s painting were bought by Scott Littler and Julie Abrahams from Brisbane. The painting was signed by singer Wendy Matthews on Sunday afternoon.