Redfest returns this year with an unsurpassed entertainment lineup, three years in the making.
Russell Morris headlines the lineup with indie pop band Sheppard returning to play in Australia after the band’s recent move to America. Sheppard will play from 8.30pm at the Redland showgrounds on Saturday, September 2 and Morris at 7.30pm.
Up-and-coming Redland Bay coastal punk rock band Beddy Rays plays at 6.15pm.
Redfest president Arno Nel said the lineup was all a part of the new look festival which was moving towards community, food and entertainment.
“This festival is community focussed. It’s also showing what the Redlands has to offer,” he said.
The entertainment line-up starts on September 2, with Redland artists Craig Martin at 10.45am, Aislinn Sharp at noon and Jake Murdoch at 12.45pm.
There is South African artist Peter Prinsloo at 1.30pm, Radio Ocean at 2.30pm and Little Steely Brothers at 5.15pm.
“The entertainment has something for everyone, from 18 to 80,” Mr Nel said.
This continues for Fathers’ Day on Sunday, September 3 with an array of tribute bands including The Elvis Show (11am), High Voltage AC/DC Experience (noon), Gold the Ultimate ABBA Show (1.10pm), Rumours: The Fleetwood Mac Show (2.30pm), The Kings of Country Rock Creedence Clearwater Revival and The Eagles (3.40pm) and Killer Queen (5pm).
“The idea is for people to take a picnic rug and buy some food and settle in for the day,” Mr Nel said.
“Plus it’s a great Fathers’ Day gift and a way to enjoy the day together.”
Mr Nel said there would be plenty of activities for the children with a marquee available with games and activities. This includes free rock climbing and a live e-sports competition. Side show alley also returns along with about 150 vendors.
There will be a Stradbroke Island marquee highlighting the Redlands as a tourism destination.
There will also be free fishing and four fishing shows on the Shimano stage and giant fish tank, with about $10,000 in prizes being given away.
Bayside Car Club is presenting its old and muscle cars and major naming sponsor Adam Gould of Gould Estate Agents at Cleveland will present his pro sprint Speedway car.
“I grew up in the Redlands and this event is close to my heart,” Mr Gould said.
“This is a good way to give back to a community that I love. I am proud to have the naming rights for the next two years.”
Entry for adults is $40, or $70 for a weekend pass with children under five free, pensioners $15 and students $10. Book on iwannaticket.com.au.
Mr Nel said tickets would be distributed to groups in need, in order to make the event available for everyone.
Redfest is currently seeking volunteers. Enquiries to email@example.com or 0403 914 165.
For more information, visit redfest.com.au.