Music headliners and ArtBox project announced for expanded Village Festival

Published:03 May 2019

CQUniversity Vice-Chancellor Nick Klomp, The CQUniversity Village Festival Chair Phil Henry and Capricorn Enterprise CEO Mary Carroll announced the expansion of the festival at the Rockhampton campus on 3 May.

In the most significant development of The CQUniversity Village Festival since 2013, Yeppoon’s annual music, arts and culture celebration will now run over two weekends, from 2 August to 11 August 2019.

Announcing the Festival’s 2019 dates, along with some of the highlights that attendees can look forward to this year, CQUniversity Vice-Chancellor Professor Nick Klomp and Chair of the Festival

Board Phil Henry said that extending the Festival was a natural next step in the growth of the event since its inception in 2003 at Farnborough School.

Professor Klomp added that, as naming rights sponsor until 2021, CQUniversity was excited to have the opportunity to contribute ideas and resources to build the Festival, while providing more avenues for students, staff and graduates to become involved.

“CQUniversity is determined to ensure the Village Festival continues as a beacon on Queensland’s events calendar, promoting the best of music, arts and culture,” Professor Klomp says.

“Yeppoon is such an iconic location that it deserves to be in the spotlight with such an iconic festival," he said.

“I note that CQUniversity alumni like Amanda Hock are still playing a big part in the Festival’s growth.”

Redfoot Theatre, one of Amanda and husband Travis’ creations, will open the 2019 Festival with a gala night at Yeppoon Town Hall on Friday 2 August, followed by another performance the next night. Redfoot will also stage a performance at the Emu Park Community Hall on Friday 9 August. 

Chair of the Festival, Phil Henry, confirmed the development of a new arts project that will feature on the festival’s program.

“Among the many attractions planned for 2019 is the inclusion of an innovative arts project called ArtBox, a series of 2.4 meter cubic art installations that will be installed along the Yeppoon Foreshore,” Mr Henry said.

“Conceptualised by local artists, ArtBox will provide local artists with a massive canvas and free rein to create artistic works that reflect the Festival’s values of environment and conservation of the Capricorn Coast. Community members will also have an opportunity to work with artists on the project during the festival.”

Livingstone Shire Council Mayor Bill Ludwig said Council was pleased to provide support for Artbox through the Regional Arts Development Fund, as well as a special additional allocation of funding towards the Artbox project.  

“The Festival is the Capricorn Coast’s major event each year and contributes not only to tourist attractions, but also gives the community a range of experiences to suit all tastes. Council is excited to get behind the changes that the Festival is making this year to broaden its appeal to our community and visitors to the region.”

The Festival is renowned for bringing well-known and emerging Australian artists to its iconic beachside setting.

With the longer Festival duration, in 2019 there will also be music on the foreshore stage on Friday 9 August.  Friday’s headline act will be popular Sydney band Kingswood, supported by up and coming performer Greta Stanley.

On Saturday, legendary Australian rockers the Hoodoo Gurus will wow the crowd with their long list of well-known Australian hits.

On Sunday, the popular Creek Sessions will move to the main stage to give emerging local talent a chance to strut their stuff in front of a bigger crowd.

While the full program for this year’s Festival is still under development, Festival Chair Phil Henry said it would cater for all interests with a renewed focus on community.

“The Board will continue to work with sponsors and supporters to make the most of the Capricorn Coast’s lifestyle and environmental values and lift The CQUniversity Village Festival’s profile to state and national recognition.”

The Queensland Government is proud to support The CQUniversity Village Festival through Tourism and Events Queensland as part of the It’s Live in Queensland events calendar.