Gympie gets Live and Local

Ashy performing at Alchemy Southside. Pictures: Shane Zahner.

By Rose Astley

Live and Local was born from an event in 2013, it has grown today to be held right across the country. The Live Music Office works with local government areas and local curators and there are currently 21 Live and Local projects happening right now across Australia.

There are nine events across the region over two weeks, with a stellar line ups and crowds at Rainbow Beach Community Hall, Soma Soma, Alchemy, The Bunker Smokehouse and Bar and Snap Fitness Gympie Friday to Monday just gone and more to come this weekend.

Em Murphy, Director of the Gympie Live and Local events says she’s been careful to choose appropriate acts for each venue, and hiring local creatives where possible.

“The venues are reporting post-Covid crowds, increased bar and food take and feelings of general uplifting which is so encouraging,“ Ms Murphy said.

“This project has been so rewarding for musicians who aren’t often asked to perform a full set of their original work, so from that perspective it’s been really important and rewarding.

This project crosses genres and activates venues in the wake of the most dire creative crisis we have experienced. Creative Arts Alliance is presenting the project with its partners, the Live Music Office and councils from Gympie, Noosa, Sunshine Coast, Moreton Bay and Redlands City, so there is music aplenty across South East Queensland North right now!

“It has also meant that acts from the Gympie region have been invited to tour to other regions and perform which is another great outcome.“

Live and Local will continue this weekend at The Two of Us Cafe, Little Parliament in Rainbow Beach and Cooloola Berries at Goomboorian.