Rock leg­ends come to town

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

THE line-up for the 2016 Air­lie Beach Fes­ti­val of Mu­sic has dropped and there are some mas­sive names on the bill.

Head­lin­ing the fourth an­nual fes­ti­val will be a cou­ple of leg­ends of the mu­sic in­dus­try, with both Tim Finn, of Split Enz and Crowded House fame, and Richie Ra­mone, of the Ra­mones, set to spear­head the event.

In to­tal there have been 74 acts an­nounced for the fes­ti­val, with or­gan­iser Gavin “Butto” But­lin work­ing tire­lessly be­hind the scenes. Butto said the process was never-end­ing.

“I was book­ing some of these bands be­fore the last fes­ti­val,” he said.

“Richie Ra­mone from the Ra­mones – every­one knows who the Ra­mones are but not many peo­ple re­ally know their mu­sic. To have him com­ing is pretty huge. “Tim Finn’s mas­sive.” Com­ing along for the ride will also be Troy Cas­sar-Da­ley, Sandi Thorn (in her only Aus­tralian show) and Daryl Braith­waite.

There will also be a re­turn of all old favourites, in­clud­ing Wanita and Her Honky Tonk Bar Dwellers (“It wouldn’t be a fes­ti­val with­out her”, Butto said) and Elec­trik Le­mon­ade (“He’s been here since day dot”, Butto said).

Re­turn­ing this year will also be the Air­lie Bat­tle of the Bands, which has been ex­tended this year to in­clude Wol­lon­gong, Tam­worth and Mel­bourne.

Butto ex­pects be­tween 150200 bands to take part in the com­pe­ti­tion, with one win­ner from each of the 11 cities to play at the fes­ti­val.

“Down the track we hope to make it na­tional. In a cou­ple years hope­fully we’ll be do­ing New Zealand, Dar­win, all over,” Butto said.

Ad­di­tion­ally there is also one spe­cial com­pe­ti­tion added this year. The Whit­sun­day Chi­na­town In­vest­ment do­nated $5000 to find the per­fect love song about the Whit­sun­days. En­ter at air­lie beach­fes­ti­val­of­mu­

“If any­one wants to put a song in they still have a few more months. If you need a hand putting it on a CD we’ll help out, if you’ve writ­ten a song and want to record it, we can help out,” Butto said.

For more in­for­ma­tion con­tact Gavin But­lin on 0411 477 908.

The Air­lie Beach Fes­ti­val of Mu­sic is on Novem­ber 3–6.

MAS­SIVE: Gavin “Butto” But­lin with the Air­lie Beach Fes­ti­val of Mu­sic 2016 line-up.

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