Whitsunday Times - - FRONT PAGE - Sharon Small­wood sharon.small­wood @whit­sun­day­

IF MU­SIC has the power to heal, then the Whit­sun­day com­mu­nity can look for­ward to some much-needed respite in the af­ter­math of Cy­clone Deb­bie.

A ben­e­fit con­cert at the Whit­sun­day Sailing Club on May 27 will also raise money for the re­gion’s SES crews in­volved in the cy­clone re­cov­ery.

Brought to you by the Air­lie Beach Fes­ti­val of Mu­sic, Whit­sun­day Re­gional Coun­cil, Tourism Whit­sun­days, at Ho­tel Group, the Whit­sun­day Times and ABC Trop­i­cal North, the full day event will in­clude crowd-pulling acts.

Hosted by Stu­dio 10’s Denise Drys­dale, the line-up boasts the likes of James T (from Canned Heat), James Blun­dell, gui­tar leg­end Phil Em­manuel, Joel Turner from Beat­box and the Aus­tralian INXS Show.

There will also be light re­lief in the form of Paul Fenech from Fat Pizza vs Housos and a host of raf­fles and items up for auc­tion on the day.

Air­lie Beach Fes­ti­val of Mu­sic founder Gavin “Butto” But­lin said the pur­pose of the ben­e­fit con­cert was “just to help out”.

“It’s the good thing to do – and to raise a bit of money for the SES’s around the re­gion be­cause the ef­fort they've put in has been amazing,” he said.

“And it’s re­ally just to get the town to come to­gether for the day to let their hair down – what­ever’s left of it,” he joked.

Any­one want­ing to do­nate prizes for the day’s auc­tions and raf­fles is in­vited to con­tact El­lie Han­lon on 0408 062 816.

Mr But­lin said the event also needed a name and he in­vited the com­mu­nity to come up with the most fit­ting ti­tle pos­si­ble. The win­ner will re­ceive a three-day pass to the 2017 Air­lie Beach Fes­ti­val of Mu­sic and a CD pack.

Tick­ets are $20 pre-sale (through Whit­sun­day Tick­ets) and $25 on the gate. Un­der 18’s are free.

To name the event email ed­i­tor@whit­sun­day


ROCKIN’: Phil Em­manuel will ap­pear at the cy­clone re­lief ben­e­fit con­cert.

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