The band Arcade Vandals is set to play at the Fraser Coast Music Fest on Sunday.
The band Arcade Vandals is set to play at the Fraser Coast Music Fest on Sunday. Troy Sorrensen

Free Fraser Coast Music Fest at Seafront Oval on Sunday

IT'S new, it's big, it's loud, it's fun, it's for all the family and, best of all, it's free.

The Fraser Coast Music Fest, the brainchild of the Hervey Bay Council for the Arts, is set to take over the Seafront Oval this Sunday from 9am to 9.15pm, offering free live music to anyone who cares to wander down.

The event is part of Queensland Week and will follow on from a dance day on Saturday, which will be held at Scarness Park.

"It is a great opportunity to take the arts out into the parks so everyone can come along and see what great talent is around," Arts Council president Kerrie Marshall said.

"With it being free to attend, people can come and go as they please, especially if they have young families or are not sure if it is their thing."

Kerrie said the dance day had previously been held at a different time of the year.

"We decided to link it into the Queensland Week celebrations as we are about showcasing the great stuff we have to offer on the Fraser Coast during Queensland Week," she said.

"In the past three years we have had music and entertainment for Queensland Day and In2Music wanted to hold a music festival, so we thought why not tie it all together?"

In2Music is a social music club under the umbrella of Arts Council and has helped organise the event.

Middle Eastern dance teacher Evelyn Grenville has co-ordinated organising the dance day.

Kerrie said there was a great line-up of acts on both days.

"The purpose, apart from showcasing Fraser Coast talent, is to provide an opportunity for the community to see the performers in an outdoor, free environment, which will encourage them to support our local artists when they are at other venues," she said.

"People feel more at ease trying something new if they get a free preview in an open space.

"It also brings new awareness for what Arts Council does in the community and the opportunities it has for its members."

There are also plenty of other attractions during the weekend, including food stalls, rides for kids, a multi-draw raffle, and on the Sunday, a specialty car show during the day and a laser show in the evening.

Kerrie said everyone would take something away from the event.

"For me, the highlight will be the end of the day seeing happy people going away still humming the music in their heads and blown away by the talent the Fraser Coast has to offer," she said.

Plethora of performers

  • AmpsIIJam
  • Dogwood Crossing
  • The Bobkatz
  • Arcade Vandals
  • The Midnight Antics (Gold Coast)
  • Forbidden Road
  • The Lagernauts
  • The Rockin' Hotdogs
  • Swing Alive
  • Rustic Duo
  • Frank Benn
  • Blue Jam
  • Sliding Doorz
  • Jon Vea Vea
  • Sarelise Duffy
  • Timothy Shannon
  • Daniel Bell
  • Sharnee Rhodes
  • Al Davies
  • Shannon Young
  • Annalee
  • Leonie Kingdom
  • Alan McGregor
  • Doug Edwards


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