Katie’s assembling musical dream team in Eumundi
Eumundi's roving "ambassador" for performing arts excellence Katie Noonan has declared the artists on the bill of the newly announced Sunshine Sounds Festival to be staged locally is her dream line up.
Apart from her own magic voice, May 1-2 weekend gig boasts a line-up featuring Eurovision star Kate Miller-Heidke, Busby Marou, Asha Jefferies and Sahara Beck.
Throw in "amazing" Sunshine Coast artists like Andrea Kirwin and the Yama-Nui Social Club, The Dreggs, Band of Frequencies and this is one heady mix.
"Every single person (on the performing bill) said yes, so this is my dream line up," Ms Noonan said.
"It's 100 per cent Queensland, 50 per cent Sunshine Coast, 50 per cent First Nations and 75 per cent female," she said.
Ms Noonan said securing Miiesha is a real festival coup.
"She's very much a star on the rise from Woorabinda in Central Queensland," she said.
The Sunday program includes a Sunshine Sounds Community Choir, where festival-goers get to join in what promises to be a goosebumps-inducing group singalong for all ages and abilities.
Ms Noonan said the festival was a timely economic lifeline for her adopted home town.
"I love this part of the world, it's Gubbi Gubbi country," Ms Noonan said.
"When I moved here I started doing musical concerts in the local hall to raise money for the school music department and also contribute to the school renovations.
"It's just such a great community," she said.
The genesis of what she plans to be an annual highlight, was her applying for some Arts Queensland funding last year, when "everything imploded", for open air performances to help get the local arts sector "back on its feet".
At this stage in the COVID Safe planning Sunshine Sounds Festival will be limited to 1500 patrons a day.
"It will be nice boutique style festival and we want it family friendly, we're hoping people will come up from Brisbane and invest in local Airbnbs and hotels and bring some business back into town," Ms Noonan said.
"Things like these grants are wonderful to get 100 per cent local suppliers.
"We're very thankful for the support of the Eumundi District Community Association, Experience Eumundi and also the Imperial pub who have come onboard as a sponsor."
She said tickets were already selling fast - daily tickets via oztix.com.au - $80 for adults, $40 for kids under 18 yrs or $200 for a family pass.
For more festival info, visit www.sunshinesoundsfestival.com