Caloundra Music Festival 2021 – We recently attended the Caloundra Music Festival 2021 on Sunday, 3 October 2021 held at the beautiful beachside location of Kings Beach Caloundra on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia. What a delight to see live music after so long! We’ve spent the last 2 years in and out of lockdown in Melbourne and on the Sunshine Coast and have missed our usual visits to festivals and seeing live artists. We were so excited and also so impressed with the way the festival was run.

Caloundra Music Festival acknowledges the Sunshine Coast Country, home of the Kabi Kabi and the Jinibara peoples, the Traditional Custodians, whose lands and waters we all now share.

Well done to the organisers of the Caloundra Music Festival for going ahead despite impending lockdowns and storm warnings on the first day. The festival was a showcase of how things can run in our “new normal”. From check ins at the gate to masks in busy areas like the entrance and the dance floor, to a team of staff constantly cleaning and wiping all areas we felt safe and relaxed. And we’ve never seen such clean festival loos!! Let’s keep that!!

We picked the last day as we really wanted to see a few of our favourites: The Whitlams, Xavier Rudd and Sneaky Sound System. They didn’t disappoint. We also loved seeing some other artists live for the first time including Mayah & The Band, Sari Abbott, Andrea Kirwin and the Yama-Nui Social Club, Dorah Jacson, The Bad Dad Orchestra, Flaskas, JaZZella, The Superjesus, GENIIE BOY, and De Saint.

The event was well attended by both young and old and all ages in between, with families, couples and groups of friends enjoying the art and craft, the bar and the three stages.

A huge highlight to close on was Xavier Rudd’s performance which showcased his musicality and also acknowledged the local indigenous Kabi Kabi dancers who performed on stage in a feast of dance and colour.

We can’t wait for CMF 2022!

We’ll see you again soon. With love, from Sunshine Coast QLD, Australia.


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