ROCKIN’ ON: Former Hervey Bay performer Mitch Barrington brings six bands to Hervey Bay Great Hall on Sunday.
ROCKIN’ ON: Former Hervey Bay performer Mitch Barrington brings six bands to Hervey Bay Great Hall on Sunday.

Musos gear up to colour Bay

While this Sunday’s Indie Colour Summer gig is a celebration of the Wide Bay’s alternative music scene, it serves also as a reminder of the desire to properly nurture emerging young talent on the Fraser Coast.

Bundaberg performer Mitch Barrington, who has just released his debut album Breathe More Easily, brings six bands to Hervey Bay Great Hall on Sunday for an afternoon of original music from up-and-coming Wide Bay bands.

Among them will be Toogoom outfit No-Hype in the form of New Zealand brothers Nick and Chris Torr whose family hopped over the ditch to Hervey Bay 15 months ago.

While the other artists, Penguin Kings, The Reks, Mitch Yarrow, Sean Wilson and Mitch Barrington will converge on the Bay from throughout the Wide Bay, Ho-Hype is the Fraser Coast’s sole representative at the gig.

“I’ve played a few times at a few different places in the Bay, and I got a feeling there is not much of a live music scene,” Mitch Barrington, a Hervey Bay native, says.

He lived at Point Vernon until he was aged seven, when his parents moved to Bundaberg.

“The public needs to know there are people on the Fraser Coast who write their own music and are interested in getting people to hear it. I think the scene needs a kick in the pants.”

With Sunday’s gig Mitch Barrington aims to build on the success of Indie Colour, which first saw the light of day in July.

He says Indie Colour was initially aimed at high school students but this target base has been extended. Primary school teacher Mitch Yarrow will be the oldest performer on Sunday, while Penguin Kings will feature the youngest, grade 10 students.

Doors open at 3pm on Sunday and tickets cost $10.

‘There are people on the Fraser Coast who write their own music and are interested in getting people to hear it’



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