The Road Ahead : April 2013
ROADAHEAD.COM.AU THE ROAD AHEAD APR/MAY 2013 30 LIFESTYLE | MUSIC FESTIVALS IMAGES: JAMES MORRISON. LEE KERNAGHAN PERFORMING AT THE GYMPIE MUSIC MUSTER. GYMPIE MUSIC MUSTER MAIN STAGE. RACQ MEMBERS CAN PURCHASE DISCOUNTED TICKETS TO THE GYMPIC MUSIC MUSTER AT ANY RACQ STORE OR BY VISITING RACQ.COM/ENTERTAINMENT. THE POPULARITY OF music festivals in Queensland has hit a high note. This year alone, dozens of music festivals will be held throughout the state, attracting thousands of people and generating millions for the economy. Events such as the Gympie Music Muster and Woodford Folk Festival have gained national and international recognition and never fail to attract big-name performers. Country music broadcaster Nick Erby has been the MC of the main stage at the Gympie Music Muster for the past 27 years, and has seen first-hand the growth in not only its popularity, but the popularity of music festivals in general. Mr Erby said the Gympie Music Muster had come a long way since it was first held on a stage built out of bush timber and borrowed tarpaulins. Now the site resembled a pop-up city with about three permanent buildings. "Every major name, from the beginners to the top, wants to get on the Gympie Muster program," he said. "As far as country music is concerned, Queensland is the place to be." Further proof of Queensland's status as a music heavyweight is the recent appointment of Australian jazz legend James Morrison to the post of Artistic Director of the Queensland Music Festival, a biennial statewide celebration of music to be held from July 12-28. "Having spent many years performing all over Queensland, I have an appreciation for the breadth of music this state has to offer," Mr Morrison said. "From one-off musical experiences, intimate storytelling-based events to large- scale free musical spectaculars and world record attempts, there are plenty of opportunities for Queenslanders to kick up their heels and experience live music like they've never heard it before." STORY DEB ECCLESTON If music is food for the soul, then Queensland has an all-you-can-eat buffet. in the groove It doesn't matter where your musical tastes lie, there's a festival for every Queensland music lover to get their groove on. Here are a few at a glance: Groovin' the Moo (Townsville) -- May 5. Music in the Mulga (Eulo) -- May 9-13. Cairns Blues Festival (Cairns) -- May 11. Port Douglas Carnivale (Port Douglas) -- May 17-26. Blues on Broadbeach (Gold Coast) -- May 23-26. Cooly Rocks On (Gold Coast) -- May 31-June 10. Classic Country Music Stampede (Maryborough) -- June 7-9. Noosa Long Weekend Festival (Noosa) -- June 14-23. Broadbeach Country Music Festival (Gold Coast) -- June 21-23. River Sessions (Mackay) -- June 29. Cairns Ukulele Festival (Cairns) -- July 4-7. Elvis -- Viva Surfers Paradise -- July 12-14. Queensland Music Festival (statewide) -- July 12-28. Hughenden Country Music Festival (Hughenden) -- July 26-28. Broadbeach Jazz Festival (Gold Coast) -- August 16-18. Gympie Muster (Gympie) -- August 22-25. Noosa Jazz Festival (Noosa) -- August 29-September 1. Caloundra Music Festival (Caloundra) -- October 4-7.