Music Meet a massive hit
CROWDS flocked to the Airlie Beach Bowls Club for the inaugural Airlie Beach Music Meet on Saturday with around 300 people turning out for the musical event.
A total of 30 local musicians and bands performed on the day and event organiser Mal Hawkins said he was blown away by the support they received for the inaugural meet.
"It was overwhelming, the support was absolutely fantastic and we can't wait for the next one on Saturday, February 15," he said.
"I was taken aback by how many people turned up and all of our performers got paid on the day, some for the very first time."
Funds from the door were split among the performers and Mr Hawkins said the event is all about supporting local musicians.
"The music meet provides an opportunity for local musicians and talented youth to perform in front of a crowd and get paid to do it," he said.
"There was plenty of young talent on the stage and first time performers the Brandy Creek Project absolutely blew the crowd away with their skill level."
The talented youngsters will be next month's feature band as a reward for their great set and Mr Hawkins is also hoping to add dance acts, comedians and other entertainers to the bill in coming months. "We will be improving our stage and it will be great to see so many local acts on show for the community to enjoy," Mr Hawkins said.
The next event will be on Saturday, February, 15 with a wide variety of up and coming groups and soloists taking to the stage.