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ABFoM 2017 Press Release

Posted 6 August 2017

LEO SAYER says he “can’t wait to come to Airlie Beach and experience the Whitsundays”. Join Leo and plan your Whitsundays getaway around the Airlie Beach Festival of Music. Whether it be an idyllic island getaway, sailing the pristine waters, a fishing or diving charter on the Great Barrier Reef, taking in the beauty of Whitehaven Beach or something more fast paced, the Whitsundays has you covered. Add this to experiencing 74 live original bands across 18 soundstages including huge National and International acts over 3 and a half days.

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Canadians Matt Epp and Faouzia Win the Grand Prize in US-Based International Songwriting Competition (ISC)

Posted 16 May 2017 by Candace Avery

The International Songwriting Competition (ISC) is pleased to announce its 2016 winners. Now in its 16th year, ISC is the world’s largest international songwriting competition, receiving more than 16,000 entries from 137 countries throughout the world. More than $150,000 in cash and merchandise is awarded to 71 winners in 23 categories covering all genres of music.

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Airlie Beach Festival of Music 2017 'Second Line up Announced'

Posted 20 April 2017 by ABFoM

The last pieces of the puzzle have fallen into place. It’s our 5th anniversary and our already exciting lineup just got bigger! The latest signed artists in the latest lineup are: THE SEX PISTOLS in the form of Glen Matlock who was the bass guitarist in the original line up of the U.K punk rock band. Matlock is also responsible for writing most of the bands hit songs.

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Airlie Beach Festival of Music 2017 'First Line up Announced'

Posted 2 March 2017

The 5th Airlie Beach Festival of Music brings 74 acts, including international and Australian legends, to the Whitsundays for 3 and a half days, of spectacular entertainment. It all starts Thursday afternoon with an intimate jam session on the main beach, then an open mike night at Beaches bar. The action fires up on Friday morning in the 18 select venues throughout Airlie Beach. This is the largest event and only one of its format to be positioned in this intimate, coastal and tropical paradise.

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Posted 12 February 2017

Well, to quote the tagline being used with this latest Guns N’ Roses tour, “THEY’RE BACK!”. Now that both Duff McKagan and Slash have made their triumphant, and very welcome, return to the fold, the Gunners juggernaut has returned to Australia, and this weekend marked the first time that Axl, Slash and Duff had appeared together onstage in Sydney since 1993. Just as they did on that tour, this time too they bought Aussie rockers Rose Tattoo along with them, which, despite originally being an influence on GNR, was a strange choice, given the progressive nature of the latest music released under the name “Guns N’ Roses” (i.e., 2008’s ‘Chinese Democracy’, which was essentially an Axl Rose solo album).

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Posted 2 February 2017 by Adz Carter

“Raw, dirty, primal and infectious…sizzling guitar, sturdy vocals and rude harmonica” –USA Today on Moreland & Arbuckle.

Hello there fellow music lovers, and welcome to a brand new feature of Muso’s Garage, Muso’s Garage Spotlight. In these blogs, we, you guessed it, put the spotlight on different artists (‘nuff said!). This first time we are shining the spotlight on the Kansas based band Moreland & Arbuckle. While the name might make them sound like a law firm or a comedy duo, one listen to their blend of blues, folk, and rock n’ roll reveals that they’re no business, there’s definitely no funny business, and when it comes to delivering magnificent music, they definitely mean business.

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Posted 23 January 2017 by Adz Carter

For many of their fans, the anticipation for Cornstalk’s debut album may’ve seemed similar to the build up for the ever elusive Guns N’ Roses ‘Chinese Democracy’ album, but the wait is finally over. Cornstalk’s ‘Pennies Fall’ is here, so if nothing else, this means that at long last, the intoxicating ‘One Chance’ is immortalised on disc. Usually a staple set opener, the studio recording completely captures the songs Eastern leanings (in a similar style to The Tea Party), while the title track gives a nice passing nod to The Black Crowes. This is an album of contrasts though, as ‘Intuition’ is reminiscent of early Pearl Jam (but with much cleaner vocals), and while all the songs on this album are positive and uplifting, ‘Back Off’ contains loads of raw aggression (but is still strangely empowering).

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Posted 22 January 2017 by Adz Carter

One of Newcastle’s most eagerly awaited releases, Cornstalk’s debut album ‘Pennies Fall’ had it’s official launch last night at The Cambridge Hotel, with Cornstalk headlining one hell of a triple bill that included Kenny Jewell, and The Ride Ons.

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Posted 19 September 2016 by Adz Carter

WOW! We got to the Grand Final already?!! How the hell did that happen? Well, as they say in the classics, time flies when you’re having fun, oh and yes you best believe that the 2016 Passport To Airlie band comp has been a blast! This week, it all came down to the wire, as 5 acts (that were whittled down from a total of 20) battled it out to win $1000 cash, and a chance to compete in the Passport To Airlie National Finals (taking place at Magnums in Airlie Beach, during the Airlie Beach Festival Of Music).

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Posted 12 September 2016 by Adz Carter

Well, cue up an 80s compilation, because it is indeed now ‘The Final Countdown’! Hard to believe we’re already at this point, but yesterday was the Semi Final of the Passport To Airlie band comp, showcasing the best in original music that you’re likely to find anywhere. Having seen all five of these acts before, and knowing what they were capable of, it was of course a real treat to see them all a second time around.

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