Leo’s elec­tric per­for­mance

In­ter­na­tional star Say­ers the day un­plugged

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS - Jes­sica Lamb Jes­sica.Lamb @whit­sun­day­times.com.au

“WHO needs power?”

Ever the pro­fes­sional per­former, this is how Leo Sayer han­dled a power cut on stage at the Air­lie Beach Fes­ti­val of Mu­sic on Sun­day night.

The in­ter­na­tional star had the crowd at the main tent chant­ing the lyrics while his sound sys­tem was quickly re­stored.

Just like the on-again-off-again rain, it didn’t dampen any­one’s spir­its.

“He was amaz­ing,” fes­ti­val pro­moter Gavin “Butto” But­lin said.

“And the Chan­toozies. Be­tween them and Leo it was a great end to the week­end and our fifth fes­ti­val.”

Eve, Ally and Tot­tie, oth­er­wise known as the Chan­toozies, took time out on Sun­day af­ter­noon for a Tuk Tuk tour of Air­lie Beach.

Mean­while oth­ers among the fes­ti­val’s 74 acts headed to the main tent for the grand fi­nale, which as well as per­for­mances by the head­lin­ers in­cluded a pre­sen­ta­tion to Mr But­lin for his on­go­ing sup­port of live mu­sic in Air­lie Beach.

Gold Coast act The Way­ward Suns were re­vealed as win­ners of the fes­ti­val’s na­tional Bat­tle of the Bands com­pe­ti­tion and will fea­ture on the main stage line-up in 2018.

Also on Sun­day af­ter­noon was the raf­fle draw for win­ners of this year’s signed “pink gui­tars”, with pro­ceeds go­ing to the Cancer Coun­cil through the Pink Rib­bon Char­ity Fair.

In a heart-warm­ing twist of fate Liam An­drew, whose late fa­ther Steve “the hat” An­drew was a fes­ti­val vol­un­teer am­bas­sador co-or­di­na­tor, claimed one of the win­ning tick­ets.

Liam and his brother Ol­lie bought their raf­fle tick­ets with money raised from auc­tion­ing one of this year’s am­bas­sador hats, worn by the vol­un­teers in Steve An­drew’s hon­our.

The An­drew brothers donated the guitar back to the PRCF and it was auc­tioned off on stage for $2800.

“Steve must have been look­ing down on us,” Mr But­lin said.

“Steve was a big part of our fes­ti­val and ev­ery­one knows he was one of Air­lie’s big­gest mu­sic fans,” Mr — Gavin ‘Butto’ But­lin

But­lin said.

“Ev­ery year he ran the Bat­tle of the Bands stage at Mag­nums.”

With the main tent now packed away, Mr But­lin said he was al­ready look­ing to­wards next year’s fes­ti­val.

Tick­ets to the 2018 event went on sale yes­ter­day at the spe­cial price of $220 for a three-day pass.

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❝Be­tween them (The Chan­toozies) and Leo (Sayer) it was a great end to the week­end and our fifth fes­ti­val.

PHOTOS: AN­DREW PAT­TIN­SON / VAMPP PHO­TOG­RA­PHY

WIN­NING BAND: Win­ner of bat­tle of the bands was Gold Coast based The Way­ward Suns on the main stage with Liam and Ol­lie An­drews and Gavin But­lin.

Liam and Ol­lie An­drews with signed am­bas­sadors “white hat’ they auc­tioned off.

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