Win­ter­moon fest has it all

An­nual mu­sic fes­ti­val re­turns for a mas­sive three day week­end

Whitsunday Times - - CHILL - Dane Lilling­stone dane.lilling­stone@whit­sun­day­

THE wait is fi­nally over for the 2017 Win­ter­moon Fes­ti­val.

A favourite with Whit­sun­day lo­cals since its hum­ble be­gin­nings in 1996, the 21st Win­ter­moon Fes­ti­val prom­ises an­other ex­cep­tional week­end of mu­sic and va­ri­ety at the pic­turesque fes­ti­val site at Cameron’s Pocket, 10 min­utes in­land from Calen.

With a host of top shelf mu­si­cal acts, mar­ket stalls, work­shops and plenty of camp­ing spots, the fes­ti­val prom­ises to have some­thing for ev­ery­one.

Fes­ti­val co-or­gan­iser Jenny Drake said the con­di­tions were look­ing per­fect.

“Clear skies are pre­dicted and there is plenty of crys­tal clear wa­ter in the creek, which is al­ways pop­u­lar with the kids,” she said.

“We’re a fam­ily ori­en­tated fes­ti­val but there’s some­thing for all ages. It’s a safe fes­ti­val and ev­ery­one looks af­ter each other.”

For the kids, there will be a wa­ter­slide and may­pole, along with cir­cus and crafts work­shops.

But the adults won’t be left out ei­ther with the Bushwack­ers, the Round Moun­tain Girls and the An­gela Toohey Band sched­uled to per­form along with Whit­sun­day favourites Sun Salute and the Hill­billy Goats and a host of oth­ers.

“The Bushwack­ers are the high­lights this year and also the Round Moun­tain Girls from Bris­bane, they are pop­u­lar and amaz­ing,” Ms Drake said. “An­gela Toohey used to per­form as Liza Min­nelli in the Boy From Oz with Hugh Jack­man.”

For those who want to get away for a re­lax­ing camp­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, there are still a few roomy camp­sites avail­able on­line.

For mu­sic fans with only a day to spare, day tick­ets are avail­able – come armed with a com­fort­able fold­ing chair or sit on a rus­tic hay bale.

From mar­kets and food, to yoga and med­i­ta­tion, to mu­si­cal work­shops, to film mak­ing and belly danc­ing work­shops, there truly is

some­thing for ev­ery­one at the Win­ter­moon Fes­ti­val.

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