Gladstone band Epidemic... Over. (Singer Nathan Bedford second from left).
Gladstone band Epidemic... Over. (Singer Nathan Bedford second from left). Contributed

El Grande kicks off as bands pump out their loud beats

"EVERY one comes out went the sun goes down," Epidemic...Over guitar player Ben Castles said earlier this afternoon.

The alternative/ heavy rock band based in Gladstone is set to play their last performance together at the epic El Grande Festival at the Grand Hotel tonight.

Groups of people have already started pouring in the doors as bands kick off with some thunderous tunes.

The Observer visited the scene earlier this afternoon, chatting to various performers and audience members.

Ben said he was looking forward to the afternoon and evening.

"Yeah, it should be good," he said as Colour The Hills finished rocking the stage around 4pm.

Friends of Epidemic...Over also made their way close to the blasting music.

Rebecca Lanzon said she thought the event was a great idea for Gladstone.

"They're always fun to watch," she said about Epidemic...Over.

Doug Goobanko said he had a lot of friends coming later as the night progressed.

"We're here to support Epidemic...Over.

"It's a little bit sad it's their last show.

"But Strangers are going to be great to watch too," he said in relation to the overall event. 



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