Freddy to drop in for festival
NEW Zealand super band Fat Freddy's Drop has been locked in to headline the Golden Days Festival at Coolum in November.
Festival co-organiser Mark Pico said the seven-piece soul-funk-reggae outfit had been difficult to secure because of the band's busy schedule.
"We're stoked to have them.
"They're my favourite band in the world and I know everybody else is going to love them because their music leaves people on a high," he said.
"They're the best in the world at what they do and they've got so many fans on the Sunshine Coast."
Mr Pico said he knew Fat Freddy's Drop would be perfect for the festival when he came across a quote by band member Joe "Hopepa" Lindsay.
"Those nice summer days with a park and the kids and picnics and stuff, it just makes for a really nice vibe," Hopepa said.
Mr Pico said Fat Freddy's Drop could draw New Zealand visitors to the Sunshine Coast.
The rest of the Golden Days line-up will be announced on July 13.
Fat Freddy's Drop will be one of 13 bands to play at the festival at the Coolum-Peregian Sports Complex on Saturday, November 18.
The second day of the two-day festival will be devoted to the cream of the crop of local bands, as chosen by Sunshine Coast music promoters.
Tickets to Golden Days will go on sale on August 1.
Early-bird prices of $86 adults, $65 students/concession, and $45 youth are available until August 21.
Prices will then rise to $95 adults, $75 students/concession and $50 youth.
The $6 entry for children aged 4-12 and free entry for kids up to three years of age will remain unchanged.
Order online at goldendaysfestival.com.