Caloundra music festivals’ 2013 date-claimers

31 October, 2012
Author: Charles Hodgson

The seventh Caloundra Music Festival will be held from Friday, October 4 to Sunday, October 6 in 2013.
Following its most successful year in 2012, the popular festival will take place on the final week of the spring school holidays.
The second Fringe Festival will run from Friday September 27 through to the public holiday on Monday October 7.
“This year’s festival was the best yet,” Mayor Mark Jamieson said.
“It has continued to be a major tourism drawcard to Caloundra, and council will continue to strongly support it.”
Economic Development (major events) portfolio councillor Jason O’Pray said the quality of the festival’s acts continued to excel each year.
“The headline acts of The Living End. John Butler Trio and The Cat Empire this year showed their huge confidence in the festival, which has now rightly taken its place in the nation’s major music festival program,” he said.
“We now have a strong overseas connection, particularly with New Orleans, emphasised at this year’s festival with Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue, and Galactic.
“I’m sure we’ll be seeing more class acts on stage in 2013.”
Divisional councillor Tim Dwyer said the Caloundra community had embraced the festival as its own.
“Caloundra was teeming with visitors at this year’s festival and it was showcased to the world as a friendly, relaxed place to enjoy the best of today’s popular music,” he said.
“We got the Fringe Festival off to a great start, too, and it will go from strength to strength each year from here as the community event surrounding the Music Festival.
“The business community got right behind both events this year and they have seen the returns from doing so.”
Festival director Richie Eyles said it was too early yet to indicate who might feature on the 2013 “but it will be a great line-up again”.
“Everyone who came to play at this year’s festival had a great time and we are well-regarded on the festival circuit,” he said.
Mr Eyles said the 2012 Fringe and Music festival also created income for community groups.
“Caloundra State School P&C made $10,000 from its provision of camping sites at the school, while water refill supplier Reef Check made more than $3000 during the three-day Music Festival keeping everyone well-hydrated while minimising the use of plastic bottles.”
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