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Issue 25 2013

Sunshine Coast Original Peoples’ Entertainment

Sunshine Coast Original Peoples’ Entertainment

Sunshine Coast Original Peoples’ Entertainment


Sunshine Coast Original Peoples’ Entertainment DJ Helena Bonjah Soula Chase the Sun NEW CrossFadeR ION E S CT


Earth Frequency Festival - If you loved Woodford you will love the environmentally conscious BYO kid friendly Earth Frequency. Held only 40mins from the Coast Earth Freq Festival is a true celebration for the senses featuring red hot live music, such as, Hermitude, Opiuo, Kingfisha, OKA, The Flumes plus many many more. This art heavy festival will delight your senses with vibrant decor and installations, live art, visual art, harmonic spaces and community canvases. The magic vibes keep coming with a plethora of Performance art, healing spaces, cultural & environmental programs and much more..



Bonjah - This red hot alternative multi-award winning blues/ rock outfit is simply breathtaking to watch play live. They are without a doubt one of the most well loved and popular touring bands ever to hit the coast ... if you haven’t seen them live and want to know what all the fuss is about here is your chance. Soula - Have truly found their groove, and are quickly becoming the premier funky, soul, rock outfit on the coast. Find out what has inspired this local youth outfit to take their music to whole new level, wowing audiences and winning peer acclaim across the entire state.




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10 DJ Helena - Originally a classically trained pianist the young Helena Atherton took the road less travelled and after a turbulent youth, the gorgeous DJ Helena, who now calls Australia home, emerged as one of the premier female DJ’s and electronic producers on the planet. 12

Chase the Sun - This red hot three piece take rocking blues to a whole new level, with more flavours than a candy store Chase the Sun are one of the most cutting edge outfits in this genre on the scene today. Shredded guitars, raw pitch perfect vocals and electric stage shows make these lads a must see.


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tarting out 8 years ago as a small local enviro-care event with the original concept that festivals should be much more than just a party but also be a gathering of a diverse range of individuals to share in a weekend of connection, intention and inspiration, Earth Frequency Festival, fondly known as Earth Freq, quickly took root and has now established itself as one of the premier Music, Arts, Lifestyle and Environmental festivals in Australia. Earth Frequency Festival now spans over 4 glorious days and is held in the beautiful outdoor venue of Landcruiser Park, set in the lush Sunshine Coast Hinterland at the doorstep to the Jimna ranges. Earth Freq brings together a wide range of live and electronic music, performers, artists, healers, visionaries and intellectuals in to one place with a specific intent; to capture the spirit of the cosmic experience; to gather, dance, share, laugh, love, educate and learn. This year Earth Freq has raised the bar, their live music line up is simply stellar. Quality and diversity are at the forefront here, with a broad range of cutting edge sounds and enough variety to provide something for everyone. Internationally renowned Electronica acts include Luis Flores, Opiuo, Hermitude, SPL and JPOD plus many more. The live band line-up is equally impressive, and features artists from reggae and soul to hiphop to world fusion, such as, Kingfisha, Darky Roots, Bobby Alu and Kooii. Sunshine Coast musicians are well represented; home grown talent such as Oka, The Mank and The Flumes will all be taking to the Earth Freq stages. Last but by no means least, Earth Freq will also feature a fine selection of handpicked DJs to complement


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the live line-up and bring you a wide range of sounds to keep the vibes flowing. Not just selectors, these fine folk are the movers and shakers in their respective geographies and genre niches, such as, Gene Hoffman, Ed Motive and Ghettafunkt. Whilst blissful harmonies fill the air you will be able to explore the Earth Freq landscape drenched with vibrant decor and installations. Starting with the canvas of a lush outdoor setting, a diverse range of artists and crews come together to create an immersive and magical gathering space. Earth Freq has always prided itself on being art heavy, and this year is no exception with an amazing range of live visual and performing art showcases, harmonic spaces as well as community canvases. You will find an abundance of pleasures and treasures whilst you make your way through the stunning tactile environment that makes up the Earth Freq universe. Part of creating an unforgettable festival experience is quality performance art, and Earth Frequency Festival nurtures a range of outlets for performers of all kinds. From the Saturday night fire show, indigenous welcome to country and opening ceremony, to roving performers, special stage shows and random acts of spontaneous theatre, there will be lots to keep the magical vibes flowing! Right from the beginning, the Cultural and Environmental Program has been an important part of the Earth Frequency Festival, and something which sets it apart from many other parties and festivals. Every year they have closed the main stage for a few hours on Saturday to create a chilled vibe to soak up some new and inspiring information through lectures and workshops.

The range of topics includes Deep Ecology, Sustainability (personal and global), Plant/ Herbal Medicine, Planetary Change and Personal Growth. Other workshops and discussions covering creative, artistic, spiritual, healing and environmental topics will run throughout the weekend. The list of activities and events for the 2013 Earth Freq Festival seems endless, there will be healing spaces encompassing a variety of areas and activities, such as, workshops, card readings, sound and vibration healing, guided meditations, yoga and massage, plus more to be confirmed. You will be able to stroll through arts and crafts as well as clothing stores whilst the food markets ignite your senses with tempting smells and flavours of a thousand delights. Earth Freq is truly all encompassing, this BYO Festival is well equipped with a wide variety of camping areas either close to the festival or further away for that quieter more intimate camping spot, and all are fully equipped with toilets and hot showers. Earth Freq also caters for everyone, even the kids, their Kid’s Space is open daytimes from Friday lunch time until Sunday evening, providing a jam packed schedule of fun, learning, workshops, storytelling, games and performance. Be mesmerized by enchanting red hot music and allow performance artists, sculptures, art installations and much more colour your mind and inspire your heart. Earth Freq apart from providing a positive and transformative festival experience in the beautiful Australian outdoors, is set to break all records in 2013 and is well on its way to establishing itself as the absolute premier Music, Arts, Lifestyle and Environmental festival in Australia.

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o matter where Bonjah play across the entire Sunshine Coast region they pack out venues, ignite dance floors and leave audiences simply wanting more. I am therefore very confident that I can add this red hot, award winning, alternative blues rock five piece to the list of our all-time most loved touring outfits along with the likes of John Butler, Kate Miller Heidke, The Beautiful Girls, Ash Grunwald and Dubmarine, just to name a few.

recruit even more fame and fortune, Bonjah donate their time and money to charities. They have supported the Variety Children’s

With well written and arranged songs, an infectious energetic stage presence and Glenn Mossop’s rich, edgy and aching vocals reminiscent of Jeff Buckley and The Black Keys out front, these good looking lads have all the makings to be one of the greatest Australian’ bands of all time.

We have not seen Bonjah head our way for quite some time and Drummer Dan Chisholm explained why “We have been hitting the studio hard, plans are to release a single in Feb and to have a new album out by April. In fact the reason for this tour is to test drive a few new songs and see what sort of crowd response we get when we play them.”

PS, they are originally from NZ but shoosh let’s keep that quiet and claim them as our own.

Bonjahs previous albums received widespread acclaim, “Until Dawn” debuted at #6 on the Australian Independent Record charts and was nominated for several prestigious titles such as ‘Best Australian Blues & Roots Album’ (AIR Awards) and ‘Best Blues & Roots Artist’ (Rolling Stone Magazine), just to name a few. “Go Go Chaos” debuted at #4 on the iTunes alternative album chart, #6 on the Australian Independent Record chart and landed in the top 40 on the overall iTunes album chart. This album was also nominated for ‘Best Australian Blues & Roots Album’ (AIR Awards - 2011) and saw the lads receive an ‘Artist to Watch’ Award 2011 (Rolling Stone Awards). Due to the huge success of their previous albums I had to enquire if there has been extra amounts of pressure when compiling their latest offering, Dan replied, “Not really, If awards are your goals you are doing it for the wrong reason and this will stop the natural flow of creating music, we do have goals and aspirations but we never create music for awards, we do it simply because we love it.” The aspirations of Bonjah are actually quite simple, “We just want to record albums as best as we can and tour them around the country.” Even though they have been quiet for the last 6 months, they have achieved so much in the last year or so. BONJAH have wowed audiences at Pyramid Rock Festival and Big Day Out as well as smashing out a very successful European tour. “We drew some massive crowds over there, especially in Germany. The whole experience was simply amazing and so inspiring to see your music being loved by new audiences.” Bonjahs music demands respect, yet their kind, caring and generous hearts also sets them far above many others on the scene today. Whilst pathetic mass produced moral less pop stars use their money and status to 6

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Charity, The Leukaemia Foundation; they are proud ambassadors for Make-A-Wish Australia and have also raised money for the Christchurch Earthquake Appeal, Queensland Flood Appeal and the Bushfire Appeal. “When you do something for someone else without any alterior motives it makes you feel so amazing. One small kind act that seems nothing to you can mean the world to others. Making a positive difference in someone else’s life is the most rewarding feeling in the world.”

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early twelve months ago we stumbled across Soula, a five piece funk rock outfit from the Sunshine Coast, and at the time considered them a very talented group of musicians with massive amounts of potential. Fast forward to today and Soula have not just lived up to our expectations, they have smashed them out of the ball park. From mind blowing sets at the Caloundra Fringe Festival to wowing audiences across our state, Soula has quickly become one of the Sunshine Coasts most loved bands. A feat not easily achieved considering the enormous amount of ridiculously talented musicians we have throughout our region.

a seamless mix of edgy riffs, crisp guitars and catchy beats, laced with the irreplaceable sounds of the enchantingly sexy saxophone and sporting the jewel in the crown of their soulful performances, Telia Packman’s sultry vocals.

Soula’s debut self-titled EP is now available through their website and on ITunes; you can also physically grab an EP at any of their upcoming shows. All I can say is catch them while you can!!!!

Only just last week we caught up with Soula’s gorgeous lead lady, Teila Packman who with her new found edgy, funky and sultry persona is driving the Soula train to new heights. “We have received some great feedback from audiences, peers and critics alike of late and this has made us far more self-assured. Personally, I have stopped worrying about what other people think; now when I am on stage I just express myself completely and have as much fun as possible, there is no holding back.” Its blatantly obvious that Soula’s selfconfidence has grown, and why wouldn’t it, they have only been together for just over a year and are already winning prestigious awards such as the Qld Emergenza state final. “Winning the state title was an amazing experience for many reasons, all our friends and family were there and it was great to take our sound off the Sunshine Coast and have it so well received by different audiences.” Speaking of different audiences, whilst most bands have a very select fan base that restricts the venues that they can successfully play at, Soula have managed to pack out venues from the Noosa Surf Club all the way down to the Hi-Fi in Brisbane. “We are a young energetic group and our sound is upbeat, so I think that gives us a certain amount of mass appeal. We have a multitude of songwriters in the group all from diverse musical backgrounds so there is a great deal of variety in our songs, this also helps us appeal to a wide range of audiences.” Although the Soula movement is gathering more momentum than a runaway train Teila explained that the band doesn’t have a grand master plan for 2013 “We have a rough strategy and have set short term goals like aiming at having a certain amount of new songs penned by a certain date but in essence we just love making music and feel fortunate that we are able to do what we love. The only major goal we do have for 2013 is to expand our reach and take our sound not just to other venues throughout Qld but to take it to the whole of Australia.” The rest of Australia better brace themselves then, as the Soula train is coming, filled with 8

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In an attempt to gain an insight into what audiences can expect when DJ Helena hits the Woombye Pub next month, I chatted to Helena about who she is currently listening to, such as, Dead Mouse, Wolfgang and Skillrex, about equipment, such as pioneers new RMX-100, however, Helena sensed what I was doing and stated “If you are trying to get an idea of what sort of set I have planned for when I hit the Sunshine Coast there is no point as even I don’t know. I never plan my sets; I just feed of the audience, drop some big beats and go where the energy of the night takes me.” This innate ability to read audiences seems a gift that cannot be taught, some musicians have it and others don’t, simple as that.


elena Atherton’s life story is one that would make a kick arse Hollywood blockbuster movie. Starting out as a young classically trained pianist Helena was exposed to house music at an early age which sparked an unbridled passion for this genre. Turbulent teenage years ensured, however, from darkness sprung light as Helena soon became a renowned event promoter and today aged 28, DJ Helena now stands as one of the hottest and most respected female DJ’s and electronic producers on the planet. Hailing from the UK, the stunning DJ Helena now calls Australia home and informed us that the weather had a lot to do with her moving down under “My sister lives in Australia and one day we were chatting on the phone, it was cold and miserable in the UK yet sunny and warm in Australia, I just thought to myself what am I doing.” Most press claim that DJ Helena had a turbulent youth due to the fact she was promoting rave events when she was only in her teens, far too young to even legally attend the events she helped organised. Helena however sees her upbringing as a very positive one “I loved doing the promoter thing at an early age, I learnt a lot about the music industry, like if your arrogant, hard to work with, party too hard and are unreliable, no matter how good you are no one will want to book you.” DJ Helena first stamped her dominance on the club scene, blowing minds at Ministry of Sound events as well as wowing audiences on the deborturous isle of Ibiza. Tours of ASIA and collaborations with best in the industry, such as, Carl Cox and Avicii soon followed. Since moving to Australia DJ Helena has again become a club favourite at our premier venues, such as IVY and Electric Circus as well as smashing sets at Future Music Festival and Stereosonic. The list of DJ Helena’s achievements is far too extensive to go into here; however, it was surprising to see Dj Helena in the recent EMI ‘She Can DJ’ competition, in which she placed 2nd, as Helena has always prided herself on never playing the female card. Whilst many female DJ’s promotional shots are of them in bikinis, DJ Helena has always let her music do the talking 10

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“Don’t get me wrong I completely support the female DJ movement but I want to be known for my music and not as that sexy DJ chick. Some clubs love the girl in bikinis on the decks but it isn’t for me as it really puts a ceiling on your career and gives you a very limited shelf life.”

The award winning DJ Helena, a festival and club favourite throughout the world is heading our way, so make sure you take advantage of this truly amazing opportunity to see one of the leading female DJ’s and electronic producers in the world perform in our own backyard.


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relentless touring schedule, a myriad of side projects and stellar festival experiences have seen Chase the Sun amass a vast and dedicated fan base over the years. Unfortunately, they have not hit the Sunshine Coast region too often, however, this is about to change as they embark on a massive east coast tour which will see them perform at the Solbar in Maroochydore on the 9th of Feb.

Recently, we caught up with Chase the Sun’s bass player Ryan Van Gellip and chatted about what audiences can expect from their upcoming tour. There is no better example of a tight, polished rhythm n rocking blues outfit than Chase the Sun, their tight live sets are not a product of repetition and structure; instead they are simply a product of pure intuition and chemistry between band members. “We have been together for quite some time so we do have a different process to others, we don’t really rehearse that much, we simply get up and play, read the cues, feed of each other and move with each other, there are no plans.” Frontman Jan Rynsaardt leads their blues rock onslaught with raw, pitch perfect emotive vocals, a stellar ingredient to Chase the Sun’s sound and a major point of difference to other blues rock outfits currently on the scene. Furthermore, when Jan hits the lead guitar it sizzles, he is an animal shredding chords like a wild musical man on fire. However Ryan explained that Jan is very different in everyday life “Jan is actually a shy, humble surfy type dude, he just unleashes when on stage.” Over the last 6 months Chase the Sun have eased back on their touring schedule to hit the studio and pen some fresh tracks ahead of a new album release sometime later this year. “The whole reason for this tour is to test drive some of our new songs, instead of just heading into the studio with the songs we love, we decided to do a tour and see which tracks our audiences love the most.” Having more flavours than a candy store helps Chase the Sun deliver a wide variety of sets. They have tracks such as Six Feet Under that are pure intense electric blues rock, others like Gypsy Woman that are brooding, slower blues numbers and yet still others like Peaches n Cream that have that real edgy rock sound with even a splash of psychedelic thrown in for good measure. “Our first album had a major acoustic ballard type influence, than in Rednecks and Gentleman we simply tried to emulate our live sound, moving forward into our new album we have spliced in more of that pure rock type sound.” This trio of extremely talented artists are forever busy; they have side projects, such as, making up the rhythm section of blues rock legend Marshall OKell’s outfit and they often support 12

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many big name international artists when they hit our shores, in fact, they will be taking to the stage with Joanne Shaw Taylor when she hits Australia in May. Lastly they are heavily involved with Rhythm Section Management, which represent other performing artists such as Paul Greene, Pete Cornelius, Lloyd Spiegel, Lachy Doley and Claude Hay just to name a few. Chase the Suns energetic, vibrant and infectious stage presence, raw and emotive vocals, stellar musicianship and

powerful lyrics all combine seamlessly, making them one of the most exciting blues/rock outfits on the scene today and a must see for all music lovers.

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Pioneer DDJ-SX Review


CA leads... you know, the red and white lead that has been so universal for so long... you will have dealt with them with your stereo system, video setup, games console and many many musical instruments and devices. RCA began to appear in the 50’s and is a very common method of hooking up audio out. However, in the entertainment and audio industry, a balanced signal through an XLR connection was always the preferred and professional method out audio out of a device. You know the one, got the 3 metal pins and a male & female end.

and follow ons to this release, but still feel great to work with. Slightly weighted, and easy to manipulate and use for cuing, mixing like vinyl and to express your mad scratching skills if that’s your bag. What takes the controller up a notch and makes it even more of a musical instrument is the Sample pads that are at the bottom of the controller. These 8 pads give you a myriad of different options to get super creative live or in the bedroom! The pads are used in 4 different modes. Hot Cue - this one gives you up the chance to have selected cue points that Serato

Plug into something professional, and balanced, with your XLR output on the new DDJ-SX controller. That isn’t the only reason to own the new Pioneer DDJX-SX controller. One of the many other reasons is the full version of Serato DJ Software that comes with the package! The Kiwi invented software has given the DJ industry a few strong contenders for digital DJs. It’s easy to use, and the library is controlled via the DJ controller via the function knob. Searching is easy, and there is control over a lot of parameters within Serato, all through the DDJ-SX controller. There really is no need to use the laptop trackpad or a mouse, all control can happen from the unit. One of the things that will impress you is the robust build of the unit. No dinky plastic here, it’s a solid steel top. The mixer section is build just like the DJM series of mixers, and the mixer section for the DDJX is a 4 channel mixer that can run Serato with 4 decks, or 2 decks from Serato and an external input, be it your turntables, Abelton Live or another CD player or just about anything you want to get creative with. The Mixer section also houses the effects unit that has been created by the projection team at Izotope. Lots there to make your mixes interesting! The crossfader on the DDJ-SX is easily replaced if your prone to be smashing the crossfader in your mad mixes and scratches, and also had an adjustable curve for longer fades, or quick pickup for scratching. The platter on the DDJX is slightly smaller than those of the now industry standard CDJ-2000, 14

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The ‘Slip’ function on the controller means that you can get creative with looping, cutting, scratching, etc. and not loose the place in the track, it will continue to play as it was. Like the new CDJ that Pioneer just recently released, the DJXX has the controversial ‘Sync’ button! This means that even if you don’t have your head around the concept of beat-mixing, you can get perfectly synced mixes. It means that you can eliminate the process of getting the tracks in sync, and focus on performance without the hassle of the staying in sync manually. It’s your choice. The new DDJ-SX controller from Pioneer is the perfect hybrid of professional, performance and what you would expect from Pioneer.

The first controller from Pioneer to have an XLR and an RCA output from the device. What this really means is that you have two options, be a quality bedroom banger, use the RCA out into your home stereo...., or take your shit seriously and get gigs!

very cool effect, or also a great tool if you are playing a gig that needs to have track ‘sanitised’.

Update your current set up, and get from the bedroom to the main stage! will remember and be either the place you like to cue the tracks up at, or positions through the track that you might like to do ‘live remix’ by banging away on the cue points. Roll - the 8 pads are divided into various different quantize patterns that you can use to create some awesome roll effects for more live remix options! Slicer - This will playback sections of the track in perfectly quantized loops. This is another great tool to enhance performance and give the user many options of live performance and production. Sampler - this allows the user to run samples of any life you have in Serato. Get creative with an Acapella or even load up a bass and snare and do your own live remix over a track you have playing. The possibilities are endless! Some of the other very cool features of the DJX is the censor button, that will reverse any part of the track thats playing, and not loose its place. This can be a

“Ryan has been a working Dj for over 20 years, was the HIgh Tech Department Manager at Allans Music in Brisbane, part of Wild Fm Brisbane, and is one half of ‘The Wildboyz’, heard doing mixes on the Southern Cross Austereo Network’s national show ‘The Revolution’. An award winning Commercial Radio Content Director and Project Studio owner. “ Editor - Scope Magazine


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o another Australia Day has come and gone, and thus the latest installment of Triple J’s Hottest 100 has shown what the nation’s biggest broadcaster’s demographic prefer as their choice of music.

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What exactly do you provide for hire: (sound and lighting? explain): Staging for all manner of events, such as full concert staging, instrument risers for musicians such as drum riser, keys risers, risers for backing vocals, choir risers, DJ tables. In addition to music related staging we provide stages for fashion shows, product launches, corporate events, film & television, outdoor events, pool stages and custom designs based on client request and scope of venue/location.

A couple of Australian acts in there. Always good to see. But where, oh were, has all our good rock gone? I know it’s out there. I’ve seen it. I’ve been to gigs so I know it exists. I saw some even listed in the Hottest 100 nominees (though largely ignored by the J-listening public, it seems). This column was actually inspired by something I noticed a wellknown drummer (and personal friend) state on social media following the countdown of the ‘Hottest 100 songs’. Despite it being an off-thecuff remark, he does urge our rock, metal and progressive bands (in particular our Aussie ilk) to write and record some ‘better’ music so you’ll make it in the Hottest 100 next year. He does have a point to a degree. Not that I think the Hottest 100 is by any means an accurate measurement of the calibre of bands out there (honestly, there was some utter shite in the final list that had me gobsmacked as to how these songs could actually be getting rotation, let alone be popular). There have also been some quality bands put out material this year in the heavier genre; just look at Melbourne’s Twelve Foot Ninja, or Breaking Orbit for example. Hell, even the extremely popular and truly awesome Parkway Drive got snubbed this year. Even in our own area there are some truly quality heavier bands that a) don’t get the recognition they deserve and b) obviously don’t get enough support locally (mainly due to not enough - to any - venues supporting this genre around here anymore). Maybe times have changed? Maybe I’m trying to hang on to the glory days of Triple J of the 90s when the songs actually had balls (and as my mate bluntly puts it, distorted guitars). Or maybe this year’s list is a wake-up to our true rock musicians to step up the game a notch. Beat these other musicians at their own game perhaps? Random banjo solo in a metal track? Horns and folky singing to tricky time signatures and massive guitars? Karnivool bringing out an album that sounds like it was recorded on an 8-track (hell, if Tame Impala can make their sound popular, why not?). Or maybe we should just listen to and appreciate the awesome heavier material that comes out in the next 12 months and really not GIVE A SHITE as to what a radio station says is popular?

What events can you cater for? (eg: smaller parties, big corporate events – go into some examples like weddings and after parties with full catered lighting rigs and audio players etc): Megadeck caters for the full spectrum of customers ranging from those hosting a backyard party through to national tours and high profile musicians/ artists/ & high end companies. What sets you apart from other hire companies? Megadeck stages are the industry standard and stages are simply referred to as Megadecks. Our lightweight, versatile and modular staging systems means that it can go anywhere, over anything and its simplicity means anyone can use it. Any favorite sound or lighting packages - include pricing? Dry hire package with stages starting from $90 for 7 day use. Artists and companies you have worked with (name a few if you’d like): Big Day Out, Future Music Festival, Parklife, Harvest Festival, Mercedes Fashion Week, The Australian Open, Arts Centre Melbourne & Sothebys Australia Pick up and or delivery of equipment available? Full service of delivery/set up, dismantle/return, partial service of delivery/pick up only or self-service where customer can pick up/ setup and return within 7 days. Insurance available when hiring equipment? All equipment comes with Public Liability insurance with cover up to $20,000,000 as well as Workers Compensation when Megadeck assembles / dismantles staging. All staging is backed by Test safe Australia. Extras: (anything else you’d like to mention regarding what you can provide - match or beat pricing etc): Range of various shaped stages such as rounds and angles as well as transport ramps, disabled access ramps, handrails, drapes, stage skirting and steps. Phone: VIC 03 86893516 SYD 02 95503459 QLD 07 56657354

Will leave it up to you.




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funk, jazz, easy listening and more. There is a swag of red hot prizes, such as, paid residencies at the Cow & Anchor, a $1000 Studio Republic photoshoot and coverage in music magazine SCOPE. Heats kick off at the start of March so get your entries in now, interested musicians should email their performance to and reference it BOTB. The closing date for entries into the competition is Friday 22nd February 2013.


re you a budding artist with a great artistic concept on the boil? Keen to finally record your first album? Or maybe you need to pay another artist to assist your latest artistic adventure? These are just a few ways that Sunshine Coast Council supports arts with the Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) program. RADF is an opportunity for artists, arts workers and arts organisations to apply for skills and career development funding – the latest major round is open now and grants of up to $10,000 are available. For more info call 5441 8385, email or visit Applications close 5pm on Friday 1st March.

This month’s Full Moon Dance Party is going to simply epic, firstly you have local legends who sell out any event they play at, the one and only OKA!!, then you have Nahko & the Medicine for the People, recently signed by village sounds Nachko is a mix of Apache, Puetro Rican and Filipino cultures and with his group of musical troubadours, Medicine for the people, They deliver a soulful dose of curative vibrations highlighting social injustices as well as environmental and cultural wrongs … Simply inspirational and a must see. Lastly there is Otchkies, delivering their unique form of subterranean Psychedelic vibes. Full Moon Festival Verridale Hall on the 23th of Feb.

Local legend Mick Wallace Aka Mick Dog from In2Nation is heading abroad and to mark this occasion the Solbar will be holding a farewell party for Mick which will see In2Nation, Soula and The Lyrical all take to the stage for one night of red hot blissful

Irish folk maestro Luka Bloom is a well respected internationally acclaimed singer songwriter with a strong social conscious,

There are a certain bands and/or artists that are simply adored by the Sunshine Coast, such as, John Butler, Kate Miller Heidke, The Beautiful Girls and Ash Grunwald just to name a few. Well add another name to that list, Dubmarine, we simply love them up

here and they repeatedly sell out shows in our region. Catch this amazing reggae dub dance outfit on the 2nd of Feb at the Solbar Maroochydore. The Wharf Tavern and The Villa Noosa have some treats for music lovers coming up, Aussie hip hop icon Drapht will be hitting the Wharf in March, Pete Murray will be taking to the Villa Noosa stage in May and Diesel will be rocking that same Villa stage in April. Check the Villa Noosa and Wharf Tavern’s Facebook page for more details. Punk Rock is what it is all about and Sunshine Coast legendry outfit Grandma’s Basement are back and going to rock the roof off kings beach tavern on the 9th of March. There is also a stellar support line up, iconic punk rockers Astroboi along with Drawcard, phantom lighter thieves and spent rent. Live music is back at the ETTAMOGGAH!!! First gig will be kicking off on the 1st Feb. Make sure you get down and support this event so we can see more live music at one of the most iconic pubs in Australia.

tunes. Mick has put so much into our local music scene so I encourage everyone to attend and pay their respects to a local legend before he sets off on his musical adventure. Solbar 7th Feb, 7pm tickets only $10. The hunt is on for the best in Sunshine Coast musical talent with a ‘Battle Of The Bands & Musicians’ competition. The competition is open to solos, duos, original bands and cover bands from rock, folk, blues, roots,

so much in fact he has performed in front of the Dalai Lama alongside the Gyoto Monks from Tibet. His all-time Irish classic Riverside



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2013 is a new year and has brought with it new adventures, new challenges but most importantly new opportunities. SCOPE Magazine will be marking the start of 2013 by evolving and moving forward, in doing so, we will be creating a fresh new platform, SCOPE in MOTION, which will promote all the wonderful and amazing elements that exist here on the Sunshine Coast. The content will evolve, the name will change but what will remain the same is our drive and passion towards excellence and providing the absolute best service we can to the Sunshine Coast community.


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