Round Mountain Girls, the Hillbilly Goats and Mamma JuJu and the Jam Tarts are among the 30-plus acts performing for free at this year’s Coast Acoustics Music Festival.
Headline act Round Mountain Girls are not strictly country, folk, rock or bluegrass, but a blistering fusion of all of the above. Known to many local live music fans for their high octane performances, the “Girls” have rubbed shoulders with some of Australia’s best musical acts and are in demand on the stages of Bluesfest, Woodford, Gympie Muster, and Tamworth music festivals. Now they, along with many other high profile musicians, are donating their time and energy to this event. Festival Director Frank Stoove discusses the impact of the festival on the local community.
“[We] support local artists and businesses. Proof of this is the support of our sponsors, all local businesses, and the huge community benefit [we are] able to provide through the direct support of City of Gold Coast Councillor Peter Young. Culturally and economically our efforts are all local.”
The two massive days of music are brought together by Coast Acoustics Music Club, a not-for-profit organisation run by volunteers. Frank explains the passion that drives them.
“The best festivals have a vibe of community,” he says.
“A shared experience and a shared ethos. It might be a musical genre that attracts people but the overall idea is to enjoy a collective experience in a safe environment. Coast Acoustics Festival is all about that shared experience.”
At the end of the day, members are all music lovers and musicians coming together with a shared goal.
“The club member volunteers are musicians and music appreciators. We love the atmosphere generated by people coming together in a supportive environment,” says Frank.
“The tremendous effort of our founding committee has seen us able to build a festival that has grass roots credibility.”
Coast Acoustics Music Festival runs from 17 – 18 September at the Country Paradise Parklands, Nerang from 10.00am both days. It is a free event and there is ample parking available. Visit the Coast Acoustics website for more information.