Maleny music event cancelled

By Sonia Isaacs

Plans for Maleny to host a Queensland Music Trails event in collaboration with State government funded music agency QMF (Queensland Music Festival) have been canned.

The proposed event had been previously touted to take place at The Maleny Showgrounds in early August, with organisers hoping to attract up to 5,000 visitors with a line-up of local and big-name performers.

Organisers had been collaborating closely with Sunshine Coast Council, however scheduling issues amongst other concerns have resulted in original plans to deliver the event in 2023, to be now pushed back.

A Sunshine Coast Council spokesperson said that it  had been working with the Queensland Music Festival organisers to potentially host a new event under the umbrella of The Curated Plate event.

“Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances and scheduling issues, this new addition will not be occurring in 2023,” the spokesperson said.

“Sunshine Coast Council and Sunshine Coast Events Board will work with the Queensland Music Festival and look towards a possible 2024 event.”

QMF Creative Director and CEO, Joel Edmondson, said he hoped to be able to work towards delivering the event next year.

“We have spent time consulting with the community and working hard towards delivering a cooperative model, and will continue to explore options as the year goes ahead,” he told GC&M News.

Division 5 Councillor Winston Johnston said the Queensland Music Trails were exciting events that were great for promoting the arts and music regionally and among other considerations it was a shame the proposed dates clashed with other scheduled events.

“I’m disappointed for the community that this will not be going ahead this year, however I believe options for new date in the future are currently being explored,” said Cr. Johnston.

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