74 Islands, sailing, scuba diving The Great Barrier reef and sunshine, these are just some of the reasons thousands of people flock to The Whitsundays every year, throw camping, markets and a Music festival into the mix and you have yourself the perfect destination!
This festival has a huge line-up including: The Dynosaurs, Ash Grunwald, Daryl Braithwait, Bowie Jane, Swanee, the Radiators, One Dread, 1814, GANGgajang, Rose Tattoo, Jenny Moris and Bondi Cigars. As if that wasn't enough of a reason to come they have only gone and booked New Zealands premier reggae band Katchafire!
Now for those of you out there who know their music you might be pretty excited to see these bands, but for those of you who don't know who they are, here is the lowdown!
The Dynosaurs are a super group comprised of bassist Mark Evans (AC/DC and Heaven) drummer Graham “Buzz” Bidstrup (The Angels, GANGgajang, The Party Boys) and Mark Gable (The Choirboys) and Les Gock (Hush).
As well as The Dynosaurs another known name on the Australian musical scene is Ash Grunwald an Australian blues musician, with a following both nationally and internationally. Ash Grunwald will be joined by Scott Owen and Andy Strachan from The Living End.
Who I am most excited about seeing is Kiwi reggae band and legends, Katchafire. I am actually still in shock that I will get to see them in Airlie Beach... I was first introduced to this great band by my housemate in my final year of University, I played their songs on repeat while lounging round a pool in Portugal and to me this epitomizes their style... cool, relaxed and good memories!
So whatever genre of music you are into, there is something for everyone at Whitsunday Calling!
Date: October 5th, from 7am.
Located: On the corner of Richardson Road and Gregory-Cannon Valley Road, Sugarloaf, Queensland.
Prices are as follows:
Adult WEEKEND PASS: $180
One Day Pass (Sat or Sun): $100
Youth (13-17) weekend pass: $80
Youth (13-17) day pass: Priced from: $50
Children 12 and under: free
Disabled people will need to purchase one full price ticket, which will also admit one adult carer free of charge. They will need to sight your disability pension card. Disabled toilets will also be available.
Camping tickets – to be purchased in addition to an admission ticket to the festival:
$20 per person: each ticket holder wishing to camp must also purchase a camping ticket.
$35 campers vans
Tickets can be bought online at http://www.whitsundaytickets.com.au. Doors open at 7am both days. Music starts at Mid-day and finishes at 11.30pm.
If you are only going for 1 day and would prefer to stay off site we also provide spaces for camper vans and tents here at Nomads Airlie Beach. Wake up feeling refreshed and have a swim in the pool away from the 'fun' of porta-loo queues! If you are not the kind of person that likes camping we also do shared dorms and private rooms so you can have all the comforts of home AND still get to experience great music in sunny, tropical Airlie Beach!
So if there is one thing everyone should do this coming October long weekend it is go to this concert! If we help support this concert maybe we will be lucky and start getting bigger acts visiting us here in Airlie Beach! No more treks to Brisbane or Melbourne to catch a live concert!
*There will be 2000 car park spaces made available for festival goers and also a bus service from Whitsunday shopping centre and Centro, with buses running all day and night picking up and dropping off at bus stops on route.
Author: Nomads Airlie Beach.