The Chats headline the Saturday night of AIRWAVES – The Drive-In Music Festival on the Sunshine Coast (10-12 July).
From the creative team behind Buskers By The Lake, arrives AIRWAVES – The Drive-In Music Festival that bumps into the Sunshine Coast's Nambour Showgrounds next month (10-12 July) for three all-ages concerts featuring a new trio of bands each day and an 'outer space' theme.
Punk rockers with a penchant for smoko and a pub feed, The Chats will headline the Saturday night bill alongside Brisbane's indie-pop punkers Bugs and Being Jane Lane.
The Friday instalment of AIRWAVES will be an all Sunshine Coast affair, fronted by acoustic folk-roots duo The Dreggs who will be joined by multiple Queensland Music Awards winner Sahara Beck and indie-rock five-piece Toxic Fox.
The Sunday edition (which kicks off at the earlier time of 4pm) features global travellers, indie troubadours Pierce Brothers as well as the 'electric dreamtime roots' of beats group OKA and and Gold Coast heavy rock, grunge act Salt & Steel.
With 'outer space' themed astronaut ice-cream and flying saucers taking over Nambour space station, organisers are encouraging all punters to get creative and don their best galaxy-themed threads.
AIRWAVES has been in the works for months after Event Director, Cindy Jensen, read an ABC article detailing the possibility festivals may not occur for at least two summers due to COVID-19.
"Reading it set off a rocket-launch fire inside me and I wanted to bring some confidence back into an industry that has been so hard hit and affected.
"I miss travelling and the freedom it brings and the spacesuit represents the feeling COVID-19 confinement has had on me personally," Cindy says.
Event Manager, Joel Jensen hopes AIRWAVES will also inspire other organisations around Australia to follow suit, to help re-boot the country's entertainment industry. "It's not just the performers who have been severely impacted, it's everyone from the large-scale production companies and venues, to the family-owned festival hire businesses and supply stores," he says.