The Caloundra Music Festival team has released its first artist announcement for this year’s Festival, being held on October 4 to 7.
And it’s a very cool list featuring some of the very best Australian music and a soulful sampling of music from around the globe.
Five-piece Australian folk-rock outfit Boy and Bear top the list, to play on Friday, while Dave Gleeson’s The Screaming Jets will rock the amphitheatre on Sunday night.
Melbourne band The Basics will also feature this year; while the band may be new to you their Facebook site describes them as “Gotye and two pretty cool guys” … go figure! The Basics hit the stage on Sunday, while fellow Melbourne urban roots legends Blue King Brown will perform on Friday night.
From their humble beginnings in West African refugee camps Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars have performed on some of the world’s most prestigious stages and matured into one of Africa’s top touring and recording bands. The band is a potent example of the redeeming power of music and the ability of the human spirit to persevere through unimaginable hardship and emerge with optimism intact. The All Stars will give three exclusive Australian performances at CMF across the weekend.
No Caloundra Music Festival would ever be complete without some input from New Orleans – and this year is no different. In fact, CMF will be honoured this year by the presence of Ivan Neville and his superb band Dumpstaphunk. Ivan is the son of Aaron Neville and nephew to the Neville Brothers, and has featured in their music. Dumpstafunk will play on Friday and Saturday.
Sticking with the US of A for a moment: if blues lights your fuse, you won’t want to miss visitors The Holmes Brothers’ rootsy R&B, gospel, blues and country. The New York Times described their sound as “Timeless, deeply soulful and uplifting gospel-drenched …”
Winging their way from under the Long White Cloud for a special performance, reggae act Katchafire will be appearing on Friday.
CMF is a family festival, so it goes without saying that iconic acts will always be a major part of the show, too – so cast your mind back to when you were going “hmm-maow-m’maow-maow” in that most excellent year of music-to-land-on-the-moon-by: 1969. Yep, Russell Morris is back – on the charts in 2013, and on Saturday at CMF.
And on Monday – CMF’s new fourth day! – some of the best-known Aussie headline performers will be appearing together under the name of Time of Our Lives. Joe Camilleri, James Reyne, Ross Wilson and Daryl Braithwaite have formed this band and are wowing crowds across the breadth of this wide brown land – as they will no doubt do right here on October 7.
Add to that impressive line-up the likes of Xavier Rudd, Donavon Frankenreiter, and Nahko and the Medicine People and you’ve got every reason to visit www.caloundramusicfestival.com and get your early-bird ticket.
But wait – there’s more, of course, as more acts and seriously brilliant CMF features are due to be announced on Thursday June 20.
“We will be announcing further acts in due course, but as you can see, it’s already a fantastic line-up for 2013,” festival director Richie Eyles said.
“But as a huge supporter of local music CMF always as a large representation of home-grown talent, so in 2013 the first three to be announced are Kindread, Soula and The Floating Bridges.”
Economic Development (major events) portfolio councillor Jason O’Pray said the Caloundra Music Festival would be preceded by a number of major events in the winter on the Coast – with many located in Caloundra.
“In August alone the Caloundra area will play host to the National Angling Championships and Convention, Tough Mudder, taking place on Caloundra South land, and the 2013 Special Olympics Queensland Spring Festival and State Games,” he said.
Divisional councillor Tim Dwyer said the addition of a fourth day into the festival was a great bonus for additional tourism into Caloundra and the Coast generally.
“Many people come a long way to the Caloundra Music Festival, and a fourth day gives them even better value for money in making the journey,” he said.
“We are also gearing up for the second Caloundra Fringe Festival, which will take the concept much further this year.”
For Youtube footage of bands go to www.caloundramusicfestival.com/artists/2013