Coun­try star back by pop­u­lar de­mand

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS -

COUN­TRY mu­sic fans, brace your­selves. Kasey Cham­bers is re­turn­ing to the Whit­sun­days for the Air­lie Beach Fes­ti­val of Mu­sic in Novem­ber.

Air­lie Beach Fes­ti­val of Mu­sic founder Gavin ‘Butto’ But­lin said Kasey was “the only ma­jor head­line act we’ve ever asked back” and this year he re­vealed a special twist.

The coun­try star will ap­pear on the 2018 line-up, along with her fa­ther Bill on Fri­day, Novem­ber 9, but will also per­form with the Hill­billy Goats for the kids on Satur­day morn­ing.

For Kasey, it’s ex­cit­ing to re­turn to an event she has an es­tab­lished con­nec­tion with.

“My Dad has played it many times since and it’s one of our favourite fes­ti­vals to play,” she said.

“I re­ally loved the re­laxed, laid­back vibe of the fes­ti­val when we played last time. It felt like a real mu­sic-lovers’ crowd.”

Along­side Kasey on the fes­ti­val’s third line-up an­nounce­ment for 2018 is iconic Aus­tralian rock band The Ted Mulry Gang.

The Ted Mulry Gang cat­a­pulted to fame as the first Aus­tralian artists to knock Abba from the num­ber one spot in 1975.

An­other leg­end set to be hon­oured at the event is Phil Em­manuel.

“Phil had a special band put to­gether for the fes­ti­val so we’re go­ing to bring them up and have some special guest artists play with them in a fit­ting trib­ute to our friend,” Mr But­lin said.

Last but not least of the lat­est main stage acts to be an­nounced, Elec­trik Lemon­ade are look­ing for­ward to whip­ping up the crowd.

Mr But­lin said the line-up an­nounce­ments weren’t over yet.

“We’re in ne­go­ti­a­tions with one of Aus­tralia’s top pop di­vas so stay tuned,” he said.

“In the mean­time I think this is one of our strong­est line-ups yet. We’ve got more head­line acts than ever across the three days.”

PHOTO: ARGON

FUNKY ACT: Elec­trik Lemon­ade will join Kasey Cham­bers at the Air­lie Beach Fes­ti­val of Mu­sic in Novem­ber.

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