The Coast Acoustics Music Festival is back for another year with a stellar lineup of local, interstate and international acts. The community-minded festival hits Nerang’s Country Paradise Parklands on Saturday 16 September for a free family friendly event. The lineup boasts everything from rock and folk to jazz and bluegrass, Included on the lineup is MZAZA (pictured), Junkadelic Brass Band, Rosie Burgess Trio, The Lovelys and many more. We caught up with festival director Frank Stoove to discuss what Coast Acoustics and the music festival are all about.
“The big thing about Coast Acoustics Music Festival in 2017 is community,” says Frank.
“Coast Acoustics and Country Paradise Parklands embrace the community of groups that make our city work. All the volunteers and interest groups that work away in the background, providing essential outlets for people to express themselves,” he continued.
“[We] provide opportunities, camaraderie and knowledge in a social and supportive way. Clubs like this make healthy alternatives for participation in a creative community.”
With that community focus it’s clear why the event has become so popular. This year’s festival will host numerous market stalls, fine foods and workshops for those who want to immerse themselves in the music. And if you are a budding musician looking for your big break the walk-up open mic stage will be in full swing all day.
But that’s not all. For the first time Coast Acoustics have launched a FRINGE fundraising event on Friday 15 September. Also held at Country Paradise Parklands, proceeds from the ticketed event will go to supporting the free music festival for another year. The lineup for this intimate show includes Irish songstress Julie Hayes and Italian folk outfit ZUMPA supporting Lizzie Flynn.
“As the public funding for the festival is reduced to 30% of last years’ funding we have been blessed with the generosity of artists performing,” Frank tells us.
“Lizzie Flynn is touring nationally with her album launch and has agreed to perform for us. All proceeds [go to] keeping a live music, low cost, non-commercial music event alive.”
As well as being a critical element in a growing cultural community, Frank believes the festival holds a significant benefit to performers.
“How does an aspiring musician grow? [Through] exchanging ideas, developing performance skills, writing and musicianship,” says Frank.
“Social debates about styles, philosophies and genre make Coast Acoustics a really interesting club. It’s about live music, freestyling or folk, blues, jazz or rock, we’re keen to give it a go.”
And perhaps that is the crux of why the festival and membership continue to grow. From its inclusive attitude and passion for community engagement to the calibre of musicians it brings to each festival there is no doubt that the Gold Coast knows how to use music to bring a community together.
Head to Nerang’s Country Paradise Parklands on 16 September to catch the Coast Acoustics Music Festival 2017.