Following on from Tassie music lovers getting a brand new music festival, and Sydney’s Harbourside gifted with a new weekend-long ‘glamping’ event, a new player has emerged to give the beachy Sydney south a new addition to the music festival calendar.
Touted as a “celebration of the suburb’s unique history and stunning beachside culture,” the new three-day event is titled Cronulla Endless Summer Festival, and will take place on the weekend of the 27th to the 29th December.
Hosted in the bayside Gunnamatta Park, Cronulla Endless Summer Festival’s inaugural launch will host food, art, culture, and community programs amongst the picturesque setting of the heritage listed park.
Best of all, the inaugural festival is free to attend. Presented by Southside Events and gaining the tick of approval from the local Sutherland Shire, patrons will be able to enjoy the major event’s lineup for nothing.
Speaking of the bands, Endless Summer Festival has already enlisted two big name Australian artists for its inaugural lineup.
Sydney five-piece The Preatures have been making great in-roads internationally with their Is This How You Feel? EP and titular single (including scoring $20,000 in arts council funds), and will be checking into the Cronulla music festival come December.
Bluejuice will also be providing Cronulla music fans with a fun time rock soundtrack to the festival’s natural amphitheatre. The band are a festival favourite and have honed their live show with the completion of a recent national tour promoting the launch of their new douchebag-baiting single ‘S.O.S’. “Until now Cronulla didn’t host anything that showcased all this great suburb has to offer.”
Also on the inaugural lineup are J Unearthed Award nominee, singer-songwriter Dustin Tebbutt, fellow Triple J Unearthed star, 19-year-old songbird Asta, and Touch Sensitive (aka Van She co-writer and co-founding member Michael Di Francesco).
Along with the already announced artists, Southside Events promises “up to 12 local bands a day” with the full Endless Summer Festival lineup to be revealed later this month.
Utilising the busy summer peak and post-Christmas holiday, the new Aussie music festival will complement the music with a host of community-minded activities. There’s a “strong focus on holistic and fresh food with a providorial market style approach” in catering managed by Cronulla’s acclaimed restaurant The Old Library, indulging culinary fans with a Big Australian BBQ line-up, Notaras Seafood City, Foodies, Pure Gelato, Love Crepe and many more, while an arts and culture alley will exhibit local offerings.
Southside Events’ Mario Kalpou, who is also the owner of The Old Library, is the driving force behind Cronulla’s Endless Summer Festival.
“Until now Cronulla didn’t host anything that showcased all this great suburb has to offer. From the food and beverage to the local performers in our music lineup, as well as arts, craft and shop stalls it will give visitors to the area a real taste of Cronulla,” says the promoter.
“And we couldn’t have a better location to stage the festival in – Gunnumatta Park has it all. A natural amphitheater, stunning views across the bay, natural shade, I was thrilled that Sutherland Shire Council entrusted the first major event the park has seen to me.”
In collaboration with the Southerland Shire Council, Southside Events will transform Gunnamatta Park into a festival playground with catalane teepees, tree knitting, fairy lights, stalls and live music from 12 noon through until 8pm each day from 27th to the 29th December.
“We will bring a festival experience that is unique to Cronulla, but will borrow from other successful community events like Bondi’s Open Air Cinema, the Manly Jazz Festival and the Newtown Arts Festival. Our Endless Summer Festival will see Cronulla step up to the plate and make its own mark on Sydney’s events scene,” adds Kalpou.
Endless Summer Festival 2013 Lineup
+ more to be announced
Endless Summer Festival 2013
Presented by Southside Events in association with Southerland Shire Council
December 27th – 29th, 2013
Gunnamatta Park, Cronulla NSW
Further info at facebook.com/pages/Endless-Summer-Festival-Cronulla