Free fun at the Caloundra Music Festival
  • Friday 23 October 2009

If you’re cash-strapped this weekend, you can still soak up the fun of the Caloundra Music Festival.

The Kings Beach foreshore is open to the public free of charge all weekend with on-stage entertainment, rides, roving street performers, tandem surfing demonstrations, market stalls – and even a massage when your feet get tired.

While the Festival hosts headline acts Hoodoo Gurus, Josh Pyke, Augie March and Toni Childs in the main ticketed venue, the foreshore comes alive with free events open to the community all weekend.

The Community Village presented by Stockland has something for everyone. It includes interactive workshops and free stages that blend local talent and cultural performances in a safe, family venue where everyone is welcome. As an extra treat this year, the public can play one of three pianos scattered around the Village to give everyone a go at performing.

Caloundra’s young people hatched the idea of incorporating free community activities as part of the festival, driven by a group of creative and dynamic young event workers – with support from industry mentors. The Village proved popular at both the 2007 and 2008 festivals, bringing 15,000 additional people to the area.

The 2009 Community Village will be managed by community members from across the Sunshine Coast, supported by Sunshine Coast Council and local community organisations.

Highlights include:

  • Solarcoaster Children's Festival
  • Street performance
  • Thiess Services Stage
  • Music Association of the Sunshine Coast (MASC) Beach Stage
  • Hot 91 Chalkboard Space
  • Carousel and ferris wheel rides
  • Markets
  • Workshop spaces
  • Pianos for the public to play
  • Parade – starts 6pm and finishes with a fire show on the beach at 6.30pm
  • Tandem surfing demonstration
  • SCRUFFFY Film Display
  • Rheema FM live broadcast
  • Gubbi Gubbi Indigenous arts and crafts

All patrons are encouraged to TravelSmart to the festival by carpooling, cycling, walking or taking the shuttle bus from Caloundra Bus Interchange or outside the Caloundra Primary School in Queen Street.

Festival Director Richie Eyles said the village was a much-loved part of the festival that made it affordable to everyone.