Mu­sic fest an­nounces big names

Fes­ti­val adds star power

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS - Dane Lilling­stone dane.lilling­stone@ whit­sun­day­times.com.au

THE big names keep on rolling in for the Air­lie Beach Fes­ti­val of Mu­sic, with the Sex Pis­tols’ Glen Mat­lock the lat­est in­ter­na­tional act to be an­nounced for this year’s edi­tion.

Join­ing the leg­endary punk rocker will be pop­u­lar Aus­tralian dance group Sneaky Sound Sys­tem and clas­sic 90s rock group Baby An­i­mals.

Now in it’s fifth year, it’s an­other huge coup for the fes­ti­val.

“It’s go­ing to be awe­some,” fes­ti­val or­gan­iser Gavin ‘Butto’ But­lin said.

“We’ve got the Sex Pis­tols from the UK in the form of Glen Mat­lock. He helped write a lot of their songs and will be sim­i­lar to Richie Ra­mone last year.

“Then we’ve got Sneaky

Sound Sys­tem who’ll be per­form­ing their big hits that you’re bound to have heard on ra­dio.

“Fi­nally we’re an­nounc­ing Baby An­i­mals who are one of Aus­tralia’s best rock bands. Lead singer Suze DeMarchi is just awe­some.

“We’re just re­ally ex­cited to have them all on board.”

Mr But­lin said it was get­ting eas­ier to book acts as the Air­lie Beach Fes­ti­val of Mu­sic con­tin­ued to gain in­ter­na­tional recog­ni­tion.

“I’ve been start­ing to get a good rap­port with the (book­ing) agen­cies now. They are ac­tu­ally ring­ing us (to per­form) and we’re not hav­ing to chase them,” he said. “The word is get­ting out there that we are a good little fes­ti­val.”

The new ad­di­tions to the line-up, which al­ready in­cludes Leo Sayer, Kate Ce­ber­ano and Shannon Noll, are set­ting the 2017 fes­ti­val up to be the big­gest yet.

“We keep learn­ing every year,” Mr But­lin said.

“Hope­fully it will just get big­ger and bet­ter each year.

“We’re al­ready work­ing on acts for next year.

“In the next cou­ple of years I hope to have a heap of big head­line acts.”

Mr But­lin said it was a “bou­tique” ex­pe­ri­ence at the Fes­ti­val of Mu­sic com­pared to oth­ers around Aus­tralia.

“At ours (fes­ti­val) straight away you can get into a nice clean toi­let and ac­cess heaps of tucker and bars,” he said.

“Be­cause we can only fit 3000 in the tent, the fur­thest per­son away from the stage is 50m.

“We’ve got an­other good mix of mu­sic that’s go­ing to suit all ages.

“It’s our fifth year this year and hope­fully it’s our big­gest and best yet.”

There will be 60 more bands an­nounced in the lead up to the fes­ti­val which will be held on Novem­ber 10-12.

For more in­for­ma­tion and to pur­chase tick­ets visit air­liebeach­fes­ti­val­of­mu­sic. com.au.

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