Coolum’s third annual Golden Days Festival is ready to roll this weekend with Saturday’s event featuring one of the hottest lineups ever put together on the shores of the Sunshine Coast.
The normally relaxed seaside town of Coolum is set to share its beautiful location with festival goers from far and wide in a celebration of roots, groove and rock music and the surfing culture, along with skate, BMX, art and all things oceanic.
Headline acts for Saturday’s big event include one of New Zealand’s biggest and most loved bands, FAT FREDDY’S DROP, who have just released their new single, Silver and Gold’ from the forthcoming studio album ‘Blackbird‘.
Joining them will be hugely successful Aussie band, SOMETHING FOR KATE, described by Rolling Stone Magazine as “one of the great Australian rock bands with a sound so unique and yet also seemingly familiar; some of the finest examples of music this country has to offer”.
The Melbourne-based rock trio has an impressive catalogue of five Top 10 platinum and gold albums, with their two most recent albums peaking at No.1 on the ARIA Album Chart.
Something For Kate is fronted by singer/songwriter/guitarist Paul Dempsey, with the cohesive brilliance of bass player Stephanie Ashworth and drummer Clint Hyndman combining to complete the magical trio.
The addition of JOSH PYKE to the star-studded Golden Days bill has whipped festival goers into a frenzy with co-promoter Mark Pico saying he and event
partner Brendan Weatherall were honoured to be featuring two of the country’s best singer-songwriters in Josh Pyke and Paul Dempsey.An ARIA award winning artist, Josh Pyke is one of Australia’s favourite performers and recording artists. The modern-day storyteller’s thoughtful lyrics and weaving melodies have been featured eight times over four years on Triple J’s Hottest 100 countdown.
Saturday’s Golden Days performance will be the final stop on a month long ‘Only Sparrows’ album tour, with this most recent release landing him three Aria nominations.”We are all getting so excited about how close Golden Days is,” said co-promoter Mark Pico.
“To have these amazing bands come to Coolum is a dream come true and we just can’t wait for the festivities to kick in this weekend. We’re looking forward to fun in the sun.”
Apart from the headline acts, Saturday’s full Golden Days Festival lineup includes Blue King Brown, Deep Sea Arcade, The Medics, Kid Mac, Electric Empire, Dubmarine, Inland Sea, Band Of Frequencies, Stryder and Alys Longmate.
On Sunday, November 18, the festival joins forces with the Surfrider Foundation and becomes more family orientated and moves to the beachside Tickle Park in the centre of town.This completely FREE day of festivities includes stand-up paddle board races, eco-friendly market stalls, skate and BMX competitions and demonstrations and, of course, top-class music all day.
Six of the Coast’s top local bands – ‘The Band of Frequencies’, ‘The Mank’, ‘Floating Bridges’, ‘Mitch Davis and The Dawn Chorus’, ‘Apollo and The Sun’ and ‘Ziggy Alberts’, will give their time free to entertain music-lovers in Tickle Park from 1.30pm on Sunday.Aimed at raising awareness for living more sustainably, the Eco Challenge event ties in with Surfrider Foundation’s national campaign ‘Rise Above Plastics’, to reduce the use of plastics and their presence in the environment.A highlight of the day will be the unique World title record attempt of ‘Most Surfers Riding the Same Wave’, starting at 11.30pm – with everyone welcome to grab a board and join in!
The Eco-Challenge festival will also feature workshops, school projects and interactive art projects; all utilizing the latest in waste management and sustainable energy.
The three-day Golden Days festival begins with a world movie premiere on Friday November 16, featuring Emmy Award-winning director Justin Krumb’s new film TransparentSea.
Decribed as a modern voyage with ancient creatures, TransparentSea is an awareness campaign aimed at highlighting coastal environmental issues, with particular attention given to whales and dolphins and the waters they inhabit.
Kicking off at 7pm at the Coolum Civic Centre, Friday’s film screening also includes music by Band of Frequencies – and a Q&A session.
The Golden Days Festival main music program will be held from 11am on Saturday November 17 at the Coolum Sports Complex, David Low Way.
Tickets are available at www.goldendaysfestival.com where you can also check out the full three-day program details.