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.

Whitsunday Times - - FRONT PAGE - Photo: An­drew Pat­tin­son / Vampp Pho­tog­ra­phy

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.

Photo An­drew Pat­tin­son / Vampp Pho­tog­ra­phy

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.

Pho­tos: Sharon Small­wood

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.

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