Kyra Nolan, left, Natasha and Arielle Perkett and Brianna Hurt-Nolan get into the spirit of things at the Wintermoon Festival.
Kyra Nolan, left, Natasha and Arielle Perkett and Brianna Hurt-Nolan get into the spirit of things at the Wintermoon Festival. Lauren Reed

Fans out for Wintermoon festival

THE sweet sound of first-class music and an air of happiness flowed from Cameron’s Pocket this weekend as the annual Wintermoon Festival came to life.

Held over the May Day weekend every year, the festival attracted talented acts and fans from far and wide to the picturesque location in the foothills of the Eungella range near Mackay in Central Queensland.

Today is the final day people can head north to Cameron’s Pocket, near Calen, to experience Wintermoon magic for themselves, as the four-day festival wraps up this afternoon.

“Things have been running very smoothly, we have been blessed with some beautiful weather over the last few days and it looks like it is going to continue,” Chris Cann, one of the many organisers of Wintermoon, said yesterday.

“The vibe has been very nice and there hasn’t been one bit of trouble, it has been excellent,” he said.

Mr Cann said visitors to the festival had been treated to some excellent acts performing on several stages throughout the grounds, including Marcia Howard and Rose Bygrane as the duo Pearl, The Ploughboys, Charlotte Boumford and Swoon, the Lamplights and many more.

Also featuring was The Ellis Collective, who launched their debut album at Wintermoon.

The unique five-piece band has been gaining notoriety after winning triple J’s unearthed band competition recently.

With more than 50 performers at the festival this year, Mr Cann said it was tough to choose a crowd favourite.

“Shane Howard has been the most popular act, I would say, but all of the performers have been great. There have only been good things to say about everyone,” Mr Cann said.

Festivities come to a head today and the gates will be thrown open so anyone can come, for free, and check out the entertainment in the spectacular setting.

“There is still so much for people to come and see on Monday, there will be performances until 5pm,” Mr Cann said. “People can come and check out the full program for free; all the bands will be performing,” Mr Cann said.

Music lovers were also out in force in Townsville over the long weekend for the Groovin the Moo music festival.

A festival, which is becoming more popular by the year, attracted acts such as Birds of Tokyo, Art Vs Science, Bliss n Eso, Cut Copy, Drapht and Datarock, as well as thousands of people from around North Queensland, all looking for fun in the sun.

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