More local talent – and New Orleans influence
  • Wednesday 18 July 2012

It is now all systems go for the 2012 Caloundra Music Festival, now all the contracts are signed and sealed.

ARIA award-winner Ben Lee has joined the latest list of artists for this year’s event, which festival director Richie Eyles has described "the best line-up yet".

Long-time favourite Noiseworks is also on the list, along with Ian Moss and Stonefield – and another huge addition from New Orleans is the legendary Galactic.

These acts will join the previously announced The Living End, John Butler Trio, The Cat Empire, Lanie Lane, Boom Crash Opera, The Whitlams, Darren Percival, Ball Park Music, and Bustamento.

Economic Development portfolio (Tourism Sports and Major Events) holder Cr Jason O’Pray said he couldn’t remember a better line-up.

"The Music Festival is one of the biggest and most popular economic drivers on the Coast," he said.

"Count me in – I’m not going to miss this one."

Divisional councillor Tim Dwyer said the combination of the line-up’s calibre and the new festival dates of September 28-30 would turbo-charge this year’s event.

"It’s lining up to be the best-ever and the new dates favour much better odds of good weather," he said.

"The Caloundra Fringe Festival is also coming together beautifully with more and more local business and groups coming on board – Caloundra is about to step into the major league of festival destinations."

Mr Eyles said the fostering of musical relations with New Orleans was to Caloundra’s benefit.

"That city is a special place with a special sound and rhythm," he said.

"I am particularly looking forward to the arrival of New Orleans’ own jam-band, Galactic – they are absolutely awesome."

Galactic joins fellow New Orlinians Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue. They will also be bringing with them special guest performers Corey Glover, from Living Colour, and Corey Henry, from the Rebirth Brass band.

The festival will be held over the weekend of September 28-30.

Tickets are available from Caloundra Music Festival website.