SWEET SOUL: Brisbane singer-songwriter Nat Dunn was part of last year’s line-up at the Village Festival in Yeppoon.
SWEET SOUL: Brisbane singer-songwriter Nat Dunn was part of last year’s line-up at the Village Festival in Yeppoon. Allan Reinikka

Village Festival organisers plan more surprises for August

IT'S been a tough start to the year for Village Festival organisers, with Cyclone Marcia blowing their plans out of the water.

But with some rescheduling, the group are back on their feet and eagerly planning the next event, to be held from August 21 to 23.

Last year saw a number of changes following years of increased growth and popularity of the festival.

This included the event being incorporated as The Capricorn Village Festival Ltd, a non-profit company limited by guarantee.

A new board was able to deliver a number of innovations including a new location and The Village Festival moved to the Coast.

The change of location also allowed organisers to make the event free for the public to attend.

The festival's traditional main stage was at the iconic Yeppoon Main Beachfront stage, with other stages hosted by a number of venues including the Keppel Bay Sailing Club and The Strand Hotel.

The board is seeking interest from additional venues in 2015 and looking to confirm more shortly.

What didn't change was that The Village Festival at its core is still a music and arts celebration with a focus on showcasing regional artists.

The changes resulted in record crowds with attendance more than double previous records, and more than 10,000 people attending and taking part in the weekend's celebrations.

This year's event will also have free entertainment with a few more surprises still to be announced.

Village Festival

WHERE: Yeppoon's main beach and other nearby venues

WHEN: August 21 to 23

MORE INFO: thevillagefestival.org.au/

Applications are open and will close on June 6.



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