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New date and location for festival

WHITSUNDAY Calling will be held on the Easter long weekend of April 8-9 next year, with organisers Live Events And Promotions (LEAP) securing a new venue on the corner of Richardson and Cannon-Valley Rd.

The two-day music festival was to be held at the end of this month but organisers are now in the process of getting the new site prepared for the event. LEAP has been approached by a private investor who has extensive experience in the live events market area and they feel the collaboration opportunity for the festival is very exciting.

LEAP's John "Scratch" Grey said bands and artists are now being approached through their Melbourne-based agent, with a wish list of eight, including Mondo Rock, Hoodoo Gurus, Mental As Anything, Noiseworks, Daryl Braithwaite, The Radiators, Paul Kelly and Doc Neeson (Angels frontman). The two-day festival will include a main stage, camping, market and vendor stalls together with a second stage for local entertainment over both days.

There will be a limited number of tickets next year, however it is hoped that the numbers will increase in following years with the inclusion of other genres of music, including a blues and country festival. Scratch thanked the Whitsunday Regional Council and those who sent in their logos for the event. "We have decided on the logo that is going to represent the festival and that all recipients that sent their logos in would receive a free ticket to the event," he said.

"The website will also be up and running once we have all the relevant details for this event.

Scratch said the net profit from Whitsunday Calling would go towards the 'Whitsunday Community Relief Fund' as a way to give back to the community.


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