MUSIC FESTIVAL: Kingswood plays at Fusions on the Field 2016 at Bulldog Park.
MUSIC FESTIVAL: Kingswood plays at Fusions on the Field 2016 at Bulldog Park. Matthew Newton

Festival praised for fusion of big bands with upcoming acts

HOW does a town the size of Chinchilla manage to get a Triple J radio host, an ARIA-nominated Melbourne-band, the artist behind the song that made world number one on the iTunes music charts earlier in the year, plus a host of both nationally-acclaimed musicians and up-and-coming bands, to come out and play at its first ever music festival?

According to Fusions on the Field music festival's committee chair and CCCI manager, Kimberley Lingard, the answer has a lot to do with perseverance and the desire to do something different.

"Because the idea to do a music festival in a rural town was so out of box, we had hoped it would create a real stir and give Chinchilla a big boost to tourism in the process," Mrs Lingard said.

"The thought behind the event was to encourage a different type of tourist to visit Chinchilla while sampling a new event and taking advantage of a weekend here."

Hosted by Triple J morning co-host, Alex Dyson, headlined by indie-rock outfit of international-acclaim, Kingswood, and supported by Triple J mainstays Clea, Good Boy and Gawurra, the festival kicked off on Friday afternoon at Bulldog Park with an additional four unsigned bands.

 

Gawurra performing at Fusions on the Field.
Gawurra performing at Fusions on the Field. Matthew Newton

The end result was one which had even experienced professional musicians applauding the line-up.

Among those full of praise for the first Fusions on the Field was indigenous artist Gawurra and his guitarist Cain Gilmour.

Both of them encouraged Chinchilla to make the festival an annual event and continue Fusion's unique approach of bringing big music acts out to the bush while giving a platform to up-and-coming bands.

"(Gawurra) loved it. There was a really good friendly, chilled-out vibe," Mr Gilmour said.

"You don't know what to expect being an indigenous guy from the NT playing gigs but (at Fusions), they didn't know the words and they loved it.

"It was good. It was really good.We thought the choice of music was really good.

"There was a nice balance of new and upcoming acts.

"It's something we can see growing in Chinchilla."


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