King So­cial and Pot­belleez set to take fes­ti­val stage in Air­lie Beach Dance to beats on the beach

Whitsunday Times - - CHILL - Louise Shan­non

AGAINST all odds – in fact, against a dev­as­tat­ing del­uge of odds – this year’s Whit­sun­day Reef Fes­ti­val’s Beats on the Beach is set to rock the reef on Fri­day and Satur­day nights.

Fri­day night head­lin­ers, King So­cial, and Satur­day night’s main band, the Pot­belleez, are pre­par­ing for a week­end of high-en­ergy per­for­mances and big crowds.

The pop­u­lar per­form­ers are ready to party with a re­gion de­ter­mined to put the dis­tress and up­heaval of the past five months be­hind them.

King So­cial’s hip-hop artist Ste­vie Mitchell said band mem­bers were look­ing for­ward to be­ing back in the Whit­sun­days, sup­port­ing the re­gion post Cy­clone Deb­bie, and kick­ing off their In Colour tour.

He said they had been “in­cred­i­bly hum­bled” on dis­cov­er­ing that their new sin­gle Lemon­ade had charted at num­ber one on Triple J’s Un­earthed in its first week.

Also play­ing on Fri­day night, ahead of King So­cial, will be Joel Turner, who found fame af­ter ap­pear­ing on Aus­tralian Idol in 2003.

Satur­day night’s main act, the Pot­belleez, have been writ­ing and record­ing around the world, while also re­main­ing one of Aus­tralia’s most in-de­mand acts.

Fa­mous for last year’s sin­gle, Horny, and their pre­vi­ous hit, Saved in a Bot­tle, the dance group have per­formed at some of the world’s big­gest fes­ti­vals, in­clud­ing at MTV Ibiza, in Korea, Ire­land, Rus­sia, Ger­many and Europe.

They’ve sold more than 750,000 sin­gles and al­bums in Aus­tralia and are known for some of the big­gest dance tracks from the past few years, such as the triple-plat­inum top five sin­gle, Don’t Hold Back.

Fri­day and Satur­day nights’ Beats on the Beach events will also in­clude food stalls, car­ni­val rides, night mar­kets, street per­form­ers and pop-up beach bars, and Fri­day night’s fire­works display will start at 8pm.

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