Life of the Big Pineapple Music Festival in pictures
AS MITCH and Johnny from The Dawn Chorus twirled around on stage in their skirts, Rhys Fox was reminded why he loved festivals.
"With the sun setting in the background it was very romantic," he said jokingly.
A musician himself and member of local band Bearfoot, Rhys was in bliss among friends and fellow musos at the Big Pineapple Music Festival yesterday.
Eight thousand revellers came from as far as Townsville to party and soak up the sun, but for dozens of local bands it was also their big break.
Rhys said The Dawn Chorus were a real highlight.
"They just do what they do best," he said.
"They're a musician's band, and musos love them. They were just on-form tonight."
He said playing as part of Bearfoot in front of a huge crowd was also fantastic.
"There were heaps of people here which was a highlight. The reaction of people and seeing them all dancing up on the hill was great."
As he spoke to the Daily Rhys watched Sahara Beck "absolutely nail it" on stage.
"It's been amazing watching her progress over the last few years too, she's doing really well," he said.
"The thing with Sahara is she's got this 'it' factor. It's really hard to explain - she just makes you pay attention to what she's doing.
"She could be playing in a cafe and she just catches you, and you think, 'wow, this girl's really got something going on,'."
Surf "grunge pop" outfit Pro Vita was the first to perform at the festival, taking the stage at 11am.
The band's four members, Connor Brooker, Daniel Maudsley, Anthony Wright and Paul Ziakas live between Peregian and Coolum Beach.
Vocalist and bass player Paul said it was a fantastic experience to be billed with the likes of Violent Soho, Dune Rats and Jebediah.
"It was an awesome crowd rolling down the hill as we started," he said.
"It went from maybe a couple of hundred to a thousand mid-set, so yeah we're stoked."
He said the performance gave the two-year-old band "a foot in the door" with Triple J, which MC'd and promoted the event .
"It's a nice acknowledgement of the work we've been doing for the past couple of years," he said.