'THE GATHERING' SUNNNY COASTS MULTI CULTURAL MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL
'The Gathering' fills the vacancy for a Sunny Coast festival that attracts national acts
'The Gathering' is a music and arts festival that celebrates community and is accessible to a wide and varied audience from all age groups. The festival is held on the Sunshine Coast at the Yandina Community Centre on Saturday April 29 from 12noon until late.
'The Gathering' is directed by local musicians Tony Potter and Jason Castle, "we realised there is a serious lack of quality community events on the coast and thought it was time that the region had festival of it's own. We have a fantastic venue for 'The Gathering', a large grass area, trees and close to public transport and camping grounds. A true green field event on the coast for all ages, a party on the grass with no glass", said Director Jason Castle.
The festival has been established as an annual event since 2004 and with two successful events to date has maintained integrity throughout its growth. "We have remained dedicated to cultural diversity and artistic excellence - these are values 'The Gathering' relates to", says Tony.
Performances on two stages include the traditional indigenous opening by the Gubbi Gubbi to the thumping grooves and beats of national bands like, Blue King Brown from Melbourne and The Hands from Sydney.
Blue King Brown who are currently receiving high radio play with their award winning song "WATER" will bring a distinctly original sound to 'The Gathering'. Fusing heavy percussion with soul, Afro beat, roots, rock and reggae. Natalie Pa'apa'a and Blue King Brown co-founder Carlo Santone already have enviable reputations as percussionists throughout the music industry, built on their work with SKIN, and guest appearances with John Butler Trio, Spearhead and The Cat Empire.
The Hands from Sydney feature bass guitar and drums, an old style Hammond organ and a Hohner D6 Clavinet. Their all-original repertoire is designed to reinvent the genre of "Soul Music" in the modern context.
Also in the line up is ARIA award winner Tyrone Noonan who made his mark on the music scene with the chart topping, ARIA award-winning band george. Tyrone has since established himself with the ever-popular jazz/latin/soul outfit Palimpsest and as a solo performer.
Greg Sheehan is one of Australia's leading and most in-demand percussionists. Greg is a versatile musician with several projects, including Indian fusion supergroup 'Dha', dynamic rhythm ensemble 'Skin' and various other groups.
Subfreq can be sure to deliver the punters groove, their music is best be described as Impromptu New World Funk, changes grooves constantly as well as styles but will never stop the heartbeat as their DJ guides them through their journey.
Local band OKA brings musical traditions and cultures together, ancient and modern, a unique fusion of organic world sounds and electronic music like no other.
Harii Bandu is a local performer that has gained a strong reputation for his amazing vocal range and wonderful original compositions. He is one of the must see to believe solo acts.
The Gubbi Gubbi, traditional custodians of the region will opening perform the opening ceremony and lite the festival flame their burning husk will be passed onto the Mission Ignition Dance Band. Mission Ignition performed at the Big Day Out and has most recently supported New Zealand award winning band Fat Freddy's Drop.
The Pride from Byron Bay will also feature at 'The Gathering'. The Pride are best described as dance rock, they have played the Byron Blues fest and have been regulars at the Beach Hotel in Byron for two years.
Street theatre will constantly engage the audience with spontaneous performance while multi media audiovisual crews catch festival highlights and impromptu moments and project them onto the giant screens with multiple cameras and special effects.
'The Gathering' would like to extend a huge thankyou to sponsors for their foresight in seeing the potential and need for this event. The Gathering' has been received monumental support from Tony and Jackie at Studio Horizon, Tsunami Magazine, DPK, Yandina Hotel, Kelly's Forestry Services, Band Print and C.A.R.M.A.
'The Gathering' is located at Yandina in the foothills of the Sunshine Coast hinterland, 90 minutes north of Brisbane, 30 minutes south of Noosa Heads. Just follow the Bruce Highway from north or south and take the Yandina turn of. Camping is available at The Yandina Caravan Park (07) 5446 7332 or www.yandinacp.com.au or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Tickets are $35 at door and $32.90 pre paid you can dial n charge on (07) 5475 7777 or in person at Nambour Civic Centre. Teens (under 18) are $20 and families are $80 pre paid for 2 adults and 2 kids, under 6 no charge.
Be sure to catch this Sunny Coast festival, its one your sure to put your calendar every year. For more check out our web site at http://www.thegatheringfestival.com.au
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