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Caloundra Music Festival is back but COVID changes a must


The sweet sounds of live music will be heard once again at the Caloundra Music Festival but getting a ticket will be harder this year with coronavirus rules limiting numbers.

The popular Kings Beach event is going ahead over the long-weekend in October, but the usual crowd capacity of 10,000 has been reduced to 6,000 people.

The festival will also run for three days, instead of four, held between October 1 and 3.

The revised format is part of a Queensland Health COVID-16 safe plan aimed at protecting revellers, artists, crew, volunteers, vendors, staff and the community.

Festival Director Richie Eyles says he is pleased to start negotiations with performers and suppliers after COVID-19 cancelled the festival last year.

In 2019, the Caloundra Music Festival generated direct and incremental expenditure of $4.4 million attributable to the Sunshine Coast economy and a further $1.1 million attributable to the Queensland economy.

The event won the title of Queensland Live Event of the Year at the National Live Music Awards and received a third nomination in the Queensland Music Awards for the ‘Festival of the Year’ people’s choice category in 2019.

Artist applications are open and event organisers will progressively call for food vendors and volunteers over coming months.