Come and see the real thing at Caloundra on Australia Day
  • Friday 08 January 2010

Australian rock legends Brian Cadd and Russell Morris will headline a mega Australia Day concert planned for Caloundra’s Happy Valley and Kings Beach from 9am on 26 January.

The annual Australia Day celebration, organised by Sunshine Coast Council, will expand this year to the foreshore of Happy Valley where the sea breezes and shade will keep it cool for concert-goers. A beachside carnival, with rides for children, will operate at nearby Kings Beach.

Iconic Aussie rockers Brian Cadd and Russell Morris are a fitting tribute to the national day of celebration, belting out many of their classic hits that include Brian’s Little Ray of Sunshine and Show Me The Way to Russell’s Real Thing, Hush, Wings of an Eagle and Sweet Sweet Love.

Event manager Richie Eyles said Brian is also well-loved by surfers around the world after penning the music for the ultimate surfing movie, Morning of the Earth.

“His songs have been recorded by artists such as Joe Cocker, Ringo Starr, The Pointer Sisters, Bonnie Tyler, Charlie Daniels, John Farnham, The Masters Apprentices and lots more,” Mr Eyles said.

“These two legends of Australian rock put on an awesome live show that will remind people of just how many hits they have created that have taken the world by storm.”

As well as the headline act, another highlight of the day will be a Sunshine Coast All Star Concert featuring Bob Abbot, Lisa Hunt, Harri Bandhu, Tim Gaze, Michelle Brown, Lara Jane, Lucy Hannah and other local celebrities backed by the Green Machine – a new band raising awareness and funds for the environment. Other acts will include Canta La Tumba and bush band Rantan.

The free family concert will also include:

  • Dream State Circus
  • Beachside carnival
  • Markets
  • Kids activities
  • Street performers and buskers
  • Workshops

Free shuttle buses will link Kings Beach and Happy Valley with Queen Street and the Transit Centre. Concert goers are encouraged to “travel smart” by using public transport.

In the meantime, the clock is ticking down to council’s Australia Day Awards to be announced at Mooloolaba Beach on 25 January. Nominations close on Friday 8 January and the awards are open to any unsung heroes living on the Sunshine Coast and to businesses that are environmentally-responsible contributors to the local economy.

Nomination forms are available from council’s website or by phoning council on 5475 7272.