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Boy and Bear, Screaming Jets join Caloundra Music Festival

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BOY and Bear and The Screaming Jets are among a host of acts announced today fort this year's Caloundra Music Festival.

Five-piece Australian folk-rock outfit Boy and Bear will play on the Friday, while Dave Gleeson's The Screaming Jets will rock the amphitheatre on the Sunday night.

More big-name acts are expected to be announced later this month.

Lesser-known Melbourne band The Basics will also feature, as will  urban roots legends Blue King Brown.

Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars will give three performances across the weekend, with promoters claiming the  band as "a potent example of the redeeming power of music and the ability of the human spirit to persevere through unimaginable hardship and emerge with optimism intact". 

Other overseas acts include New Orleans-based  Ivan Neville and his band Dumpstaphunk, along with US compatriots The Holmes Brothers. New Zealand reggae act Katchafire will be appearing on the Friday.

Old rockers will be in for a treat when The Real Thing,  Russell Morris, takes to the stage on the Saturday, while on the Monday Aussie icons Joe Camilleri, James Reyne, Ross Wilson and Daryl Braithwaite will appear together under the name of Time of Our Lives.

Xavier Rudd, Donavon Frankenreiter, and Nahko and the Medicine People will also feature.

More acts and features are due to be announced on June 20.

"We will be announcing further acts in due course, but as you can see, it's already a fantastic line-up for 2013," festival director Richie Eyles said.

"But as a huge supporter of local music CMF always as a large representation of home-grown talent, so in 2013 the first three to be announced are Kindread, Soula and The Floating Bridges."

Economic Development (major events) portfolio councillor Jason O'Pray said the Caloundra Music Festival would be preceded by a number of major events in the winter on the Coast - with many located in Caloundra.

"In August alone the Caloundra area will play host to the National Angling Championships and Convention, Tough Mudder, taking place on Caloundra South land, and the 2013 Special Olympics Queensland Spring Festival and State Games," he said.

Divisional councillor Tim Dwyer said the addition of a fourth day into the festival was a great bonus for additional tourism into Caloundra and the Coast generally.

"Many people come a long way to the Caloundra Music Festival, and a fourth day gives them even better value for money in making the journey," he said.

"We are also gearing up for the second Caloundra Fringe Festival, which will take the concept much further this year."

For YouTube footage of bands go to www.caloundramusicfestival.com/artists/2013

Early bird tickets can be booked at www.caloundramusicfestival.com

Topics:  boy and bear caloundra music festival screaming jets tourism



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