Big Pineapple Festival gets it right for the fans

Brett Wortman

MORE than 8000 people stormed the Big Pineapple Music Festival late yesterday afternoon as organisers prepared for up to 10,000 for headline acts last night.

It was party central at the tourist attraction through yesterday, though. They danced, listened and watched artists like Kingfisha, Tuka and Band of Frequencies.

But it was Bliss N Eso, The Living End, Art Vs Science and Spiderbait the crowds seemed to be waiting for.

With ticket sales capped at 10,000, plenty of drink service outlets and rest rooms, revellers were in their element. And so was marketing director Mark Pico. "We've nailed it (this year)," he said.

Although organisers say the future of the Big Pineapple Music Festival is unclear, by all accounts festival-goers would welcome it back with open arms.

Crowds were in high spirits, with headline acts like Bliss N Eso, The Living End and Alison Wonderland a massive drawcard for many music fans.

Do you think the Big Pineapple Music Festival should be moved because of the new zoo there?

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No – it’s a great music venue, great festival and the animals seemed to cope


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While last year's inaugural event was dubbed the Big Line-apple, with revellers caught in massive drink lines, marketing director Mark Pico said organisers had worked hard to ensure those teething problems were resolved.

"It's a hard place to work out, and we needed the first one to work it out," Mr Pico said.

The number of bars was increased from one to three, and ticket sales were capped at 10,000.

Mr Pico said almost $30,000 had been spent bringing in professionals to manage the bars, as well as the general layout and flow of the festival.

"Between those guys and the stuff that we worked out last year, we've nailed it," he said.

"The bars are working, there's room to move; I personally couldn't be happier.

"The last thing we ever wanted to do was have people waiting in drink lines."

SHAKE YOUR PINEAPPLE: The Funkoars rock the main stage at the Festival yesterday.
SHAKE YOUR PINEAPPLE: The Funkoars rock the main stage at the Festival yesterday. Brett Wortman

Mr Pico said the future of the music festival would be discussed when the dust settled on this year's revelry.

"It's just about communication," he said.

"I was prepared to go out with a bang."

Concerns were raised in the lead-up to the festival that the noise and vibrations would distress or harm animals from the adjacent Queensland Zoo.

Mr Pico said up to 8000 had attended by 4pm.

Big Pineapple manager Brendan Weatherill said 6000 tickets were pre-sold.

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