Jodie Hearne and Natalie Butler are looking forward to soaking up the sun while enjoying the live music on GKI this weekend.
Jodie Hearne and Natalie Butler are looking forward to soaking up the sun while enjoying the live music on GKI this weekend. Allan Reinikka

Island music fete boost for region

THIS weekend won’t just be about chocolates and the Easter bunny for the Central Queensland region.

Instead, around 600-700 people are expected to crowd the beaches of Great Keppel Island for the Cheap Thrills Music Festival today.

National and local music acts will be entertaining, and creator of the event Matt Lee said it was all about community atmosphere.

“We really wanted to make it like a boutique festival for the region with a real community feel. Not like a massive festival where you lose your friends, it’s more about having everyone there and having a good time at a good price,” he said.

The Brisbane-based business owner and Director of Disco Entertainment said it was something that brought much-needed tourism to the island and the region, since the wet months had kept numbers down.

“We thought it would be good to help GKI with getting some business over there, and obviously people from around the region and Queensland will be coming to it, so it’s definitely a good thing for the region.”

Freedom Fast Cats have also been run off their feet with phone calls regarding the event, and co-owner Carmel Allen said it was bringing a lot more tourists to the region.

“It’s a really good thing for us because there’s a lot more tourists around at the moment that we haven’t seen for a long time since November.

“We’re expecting a very big crowd here on Saturday morning,” Carmel said.

Chief executive officer of Capricorn Tourism and Economic Development Limited Mary Carroll said the event was a positive thing for the area.

“This event will be great for tourism operators on the island and we want to remind locals and visitors that the island has never been closed since the resort closure, and this will be a great reminder that Keppel still welcomes everyone to the island,” she said.

Mrs Carroll also said the upcoming music festival, Electronic Vibes, in June, will benefit the region.

“Any event like this is great for the region.”



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