Show some love for Pineapple Country


By Sonia Isaacs Clark

PINEAPPLE Country is set to return on Sunday October 17 for yet another stellar afternoon of live music featuring some of the brightest stars of the Australian country music scene.

Get ready to kick back from 11.30am until 6pm on the rolling hills and natural amphitheatre of the Big Pineapple’s Diablo Oasis for this family-friendly outdoor gathering, which also supports our live entertainment industry.

Organised by long-term live music industry champions Jack Rabbit Events and Solbar, Pineapple Country features a seriously impressive line-up of home-grown talent including local artists Kim McCartin, Jen Mize, Benji and Soni Pocock from The Vibe along with multi-award-winning headliners and Aussie country music legends, Troy Cassar-Daley and Busby Marou.

Beerwah local and event manager at Jack Rabbit Events, Shelly Le Vesconte, said the upcoming event was a great opportunity to have some fun with family and friends.

Shelley said it was also an opportunity to show some real support for local suppliers and live music professionals who have been struggling to stay buoyant against a tide of COVID-19 cancellations, regulations and red tape impacting the industry in recent times.

Shelly is an event and music industry expert with an extensive resume including event management roles at big ticket drawcards such as the Woodford Folk Festival and the Big Pineapple Music Festival.

She is clearly passionate about putting on great events not only to entertain but also provide a platform for local suppliers and is committed to ensuring the ongoing sustainability of events in the local area.

“One of the biggest hurdles for local promoters and the live entertainment industry, apart from the obvious uncertainty around COVID-19, was the challenge around additional fees and red tape for regulation, compliance and extra government-regulated charges on top of the expected costs to put on events,” Shelly said.

This had added an additional burden to the already challenging landscape for live events in recent years, she said.

“There seems to be an inequity in the events playing field at a local level, with private entities or long-term industry professionals not always dealt the same hand when it came to support and regulation requirements.

“I would love to see the government support the music and event industry more, by waving fees and charges and by supporting small businesses who operate locally,” Shelly said.

Community members who want to support local entertainment can show some love for live music by buying tickets to events.

If there is any reason Pineapple Country cannot go ahead refunds will be offered.

Tickets for Pineapple Country on October 17 are on sale now from $75 plus booking fee (children under 12 free) and can be purchased via www.tickets.oztix.com.au

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