Music Festival tapping into good things
  • Wednesday 18 February 2015

One of the toughest tasks for organisers of this year’s Caloundra Music Festival could be deciding who gets a gig.

Festival Director Richie Eyles said interest from bands wishing to perform at the October event was already off the charts.

“In the first hour after applications opened we had more than 200 applications via our website alone,” Mr Eyles said.

“We’re very excited about the 2015 event and it certainly looks like the bands are too!”

More than 80 local, national and international bands performed at last year’s festival. Mr Eyles said the hunt for more top class performers was already on in earnest.

“The artist management team has been out scouting plenty of live gigs over recent months and there’s still plenty more to see,” he said.

“We all have different tastes in music so people are assured of a very wide variety of bands and artists on this year’s program.”

Great music won’t be the only thing on tap during the four-day festival from October 2-5. Division 2 Councillor Tim Dwyer said disposable plastic water bottles would once again not be sold at the event in the name of environmental sustainability.

“In 2013 the Caloundra Music Festival initiated a campaign to eliminate disposable bottled water and encourage festival-goers to bring re-usable water bottles and refill them with town water or discounted spring water at a number of tap stations that were set up around the festival site,” he said.

“By not selling disposable bottled water at the past two festivals we’ve stopped an estimated 60,000 plastic bottles from making their way to landfills or ending up in waterways and creating greenhouse pollution.

“Festival goers who were surveyed for their thoughts on the ‘BYOH2O’ campaign over the last two years campaign have been overwhelming in their support, with nearly 100% heavily in favour of the initiative.”

Tickets for the 2015 festival go on sale in April. To relive some of last year’s event check out the 2014 recap video: