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April 2014 News

This year, Easterfest 2014 is more creative than ever

  • Written by  Elizabeth Isaac
Last years chandelier of moving lights in the entrance tent. This year, Easterfest plan something even better. Photo: Trent Rouillon

Easterfest 2014 is set to be the most creative festival yet, with new, fresh initiatives catering for all ages and tastes.

For the young, digital generation, Youtube sensations Tessa Violet and Shawna Howson, otherwise known as Meekakitty and Nanelew, will be first-timers to the festival.

The duo have over 1.5 million Youtube subscribers between them. Flying in from the US, the pair will perform over the three days, chatting about film, vlogging, and their faith. Tessa will also perform some original tunes.

The popular vloggers will attract a new crowd to Easterfest and broadcast Toowoomba to their global following.

“You never know who might decide to visit the Garden city because of the video’s posted during the festival,” said Easterfest director Dave Schenk.

“Youtube is a big world with lots of opportunities and it’s exciting to be tapping into something with huge potential.”

Other first-timers include Hillsong‘s much anticipated Young and Free, whose infectious dance music is proving hugely popular with younger generations.

But if vlogging and dance music is not your thing, Easterfest 2014 is also catering for an older crowd. For the first time, ‘Easter Jazz’ will feature world class jazz, funk and blues, in an intimate, secret location in Toowoomba’s CBD.

Easterfest favourites, SCAT, will set the jazz vibes on Thursday night and introduce the festival’s jazz program. Set to be a highlight, the Jazz Supper Club will take place at the Palace on Saturday night and feature internationally renown artists.

Performers include Australian jazz vocalists and Montreux Jazz Festival International Vocal Competition winner, Kirstin Berardi, and the ARIA award-winning The Idea of North, Brisbane’s SCAT, the Chris Poulson Trio, and Bec Laughton.

The good old fashion bush dance is returning with a twist. The bush band, The Smashing Bumpkins, are attempting to break an official Guinness World Record by having over 1000 people dancing the Madison dance on Easter Sunday.

All new for 2014, Easterfest Mainstage is undercover! The venue will set upwards of 10,000 people and will start cranking out the tunes a little earlier in the day.

Easterfest 2014 promises to balance the familiar and the loved with the new and the fresh.

For more info visit easterfest.com

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