Caloundra Music Festival 2010

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Don't miss your LAST CHANCE to submit to the Caloundra Music Festival, a not for profit community event celebrating the environment, cultural achievements and community pride. At least three Sonicbids artists are guaranteed to perform at the festival, which features two stages and numerous cafes hosting live music, all translating into a community-wide celebration. Artists may receive compensation based on their needs, and those who are not selected may be considered for related events./n/nThe Caloundra Music Festival is a not for profit event that aims to:

  • Provide economic benefits to the region by encouraging new visitation and extended stays
  • Celebrate the environment in which we live and demonstrate sustainability
  • Provide inclusive opportunities and cultural experiences to encourage community well-being and pride

From 8 to 10 October, the whole of Caloundra will become a stage, featuring a diverse range of music, dance and entertainment by established performers as well as new and emerging talents.

The festival accepts most genres and musical styles, keeping in mind it is an all-ages, family-friendly festival. If quoting a fee to perform, keep in mind that CMF is a not for profit community event Also take into account any transport and accommodation costs when quoting your fee as the festival does not provide these services.

The festival will take place at Kings Beach, Caloundra, QLD, and boasts two outdoor stages and the Kings Beach Tavern as ticketed venues and also various cafes and bars hosting live music. Over 60 artists will perform throughout the festival � 34 of these will be on the two featured stages, and artists who are not selected for these stages, may be considered for other stages and venues outside the main arena.

Featured Stages At Caloundra:

  • The Main Amphitheatre Stage will feature high profile headline acts. This stage is generally reserved for acts with a national or international profile. If an artist wants to appear on this stage one will need to convince the festival that he or she will sell tickets and blow their audience away. Fees paid will be determined by an artist's profile and popularity.

  • The Break Stage in the main amphitheatre will feature emerging acts doing 30 minute sets in the change-over between headliners. Local original acts with CDs to sell and a good local following will be well supported as will visiting emerging artists. This stage utilizes the main PA as well as the live feed to the big screens and is a great way for emerging acts to play to the same audience as their headliners.

  • The Kings Beach Tavern Stage will feature blues and roots acts and late night party music. This is where artists, staff and patrons unwind after the main festival site closes. Sunday will feature a program of blues and roots acts throughout the day culminating in the festival after-party gig on Sunday night. It will offer 45-60 minute sets.

Backline is provided on these 3 stages

Three Sonicbids artists will be selected to perform on the Main Stage and/or the Break Stage and Kings Beach Tavern Stage.

Other Promoter Opportunities (in which "not selected" artists may be considered):

- The Festuri Stage within 'The Village' is a free stage outside the main festival arena close to the beach. It is part of a multi-cultural area and provides exposure to a large crowd that does not necessarily have tickets to the main arena. This stage will have a multicultural/world music focus. It will offer 45-60 minute sets.

- Cafes/Restaurants in and around the precinct will be looking for acts over the weekend. Generally smaller, acoustic style acts are preferred.

Previous performers included Hoodoo Gurus, Blue King Brown, Josh Pyke, Augie March, Toni Childs, James Reyne, Bertie Blackman, Pete Murray, Vanessa Amorosi, Jimmy Barnes, The Whitlams, Lior, Roy Ayers, Ian Moss, Jackson Jackson plus many more. Performers for 2010 will be announced at a later date on

All artists must hold current Public Liability Insurance Policy. You will be asked to upload a copy of the policy when submitting.

Sponsors in 2009 were Queensland Events, Caloundra Tourism, Caloundra Chamber of Commerce, Stockland, Thiess Services, Sunday Mail, Channel 7 local plus many local businesses. Sponsors for 2010 to be announced.

Terms And Conditions

Artists who performed at previous Caloundra Music Festivals enjoyed the beautiful beachside location, the high production standards and the quality of hospitality provided. They hope to build upon our reputation as a friendly festival and aim to look after our artists (in return they ask you to leave the rock star attitudes at home).

What They Are Looking For:
Typical audience is 30-55 years of age, many of them with children. Bands will need to appeal to this demographic. Have a think about where you would best fit. Perhaps your band can break down into a duo/solo, do workshops or participate in the festival parade on Sunday evening.

Keep in mind when submitting your applications they are a not-for-profit community festival. They hope to grow into the next Woodford Folk Festival or Byron Bay Blues Festival but for now they need to watch their pennies while they build and audience and cement a reputation. They are particularly interested in bands that will support the festival by selling tickets and participating in promotional activities. Unless you are U2 or the Rolling Stones the festival is probably not in a position to pay for your flights. It is generally the touring acts who are passing through the area without the additional transport costs that will be selected.

Bands may improve their chance of selection by:
- Keeping their performance fees affordable
- Quoting a total delivered fee inclusive of all transport and accommodation costs
- Offering a 2nd or third set for a reduced fee
- Performing regular public gigs and having a CD or merchandise to sell
- Convincing them how many of your fans will buy tickets (as opposed to telling them how many free tickets you need!)

Local Bands:
The Caloundra Music Festival seeks to support Sunshine Coast local and emerging artists. The festival is a wonderful chance for you to perform in front of a large audience, alongside high profile national and international acts.

Original acts that perform regular public gigs and have a recorded CD to sell will be favoured. We ask you to nominate where your next 3 public performances are so that a member of the festival team can go and watch one of your gigs.

Local acts also have the chance to enter the band competition for a chance to win a spot in the main arena (stay tuned for further details). The price a local act should charge will be determined by the number of tickets they are likely to sell.