Cham­bers and kids a high­light

Whitsunday Times - - REAL ESTATE -

KASEY Cham­bers is one of the only main stage artists ever to have been in­vited to play the Air­lie Beach Fes­ti­val of Mu­sic twice.

But while she might be a fes­ti­val favourite she’s also part of a “fes­ti­val first”.

Kasey and the Kids is an ad­di­tional per­for­mance from 9am to 11.30am on Satur­day.

Also fea­tur­ing the Hill­billy Goats, Gypsy Soul and an in­ter­ac­tive per­for­mance of The Cup Song it’s the first op­por­tu­nity for un­der 18s to ex­pe­ri­ence the main tent.

Other fea­tures mak­ing a de­but in 2018 are “glamp­ing” tents, new mu­sic venues and a re­vised show­case for the grand fi­nal of the fes­ti­val’s na­tional Pass­port to Air­lie com­pe­ti­tion.

Mi­rage Whit­sun­days, Co­ral Sea Re­sort, Whit­sun­day Ma­rine Club and Air­lie Beach Bowls Club have all joined the list of venues host­ing live mu­sic through­out the week­end.

The Pass­port to Air­lie has formerly been staged at Mag­nums, but this year it will have fi­nal­ists play­ing one-hour sets in lo­ca­tions through­out Air­lie Beach.

Aus­tralia’s big­gest Bat­tle of the Bands com­pe­ti­tion will be judged over the week­end, with the win­ner an­nounced on the main stage on Sun­day about 4pm.

“We’ve got some amaz­ing judges this year in­clud­ing a vo­cal coach, a cou­ple of lo­cal mu­si­cians, a rep­re­sen­ta­tive from a mu­sic man­age­ment com­pany and Cindy Jensen from Buskers by the Creek,” fes­ti­val founder Gavin But­lin said.

“And the bands won’t know when the judges are go­ing to ap­pear so they have to be at their best with ev­ery set.”

For those who have to work the week­end or any­one who sim­ply wants to party on, the Ju­bilee Tav­ern will host an of­fi­cial af­ter-party fea­tur­ing Steady Eddy and the Hill­billy Goats on Mon­day from 1pm.

Tourism Whit­sun­days CEO Tash Wheeler said it was great to see so many ad­di­tions and es­pe­cially the in­tro­duc­tion of a chil­dren’s event with Kasey and the Kids.

“It’s ap­peal­ing to the au­di­ence of the fu­ture, start­ing them young and grow­ing the fan base, plus it’s so im­por­tant to bring mu­sic to our lit­tle peo­ple’s ears,” Ms Wheeler said.

Tick­ets to Kasey and the Kids cost $15 per per­son and $50-60 for fam­i­lies of four to five, and can be bought on the gate or by call­ing 0408 062 816 in ad­vance.

For the full list of fes­ti­val venues in­clud­ing in­for­ma­tion on those that are tick­eted, visit www.air­liebeach­fes­ti­val of­mu­


BIG DRAW­CARD: Kasey Cham­bers will per­form at the Air­lie Beach Fes­ti­val of Mu­sic.

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