Belly dancer Melanie Achilles is ready for the talent quest.
Belly dancer Melanie Achilles is ready for the talent quest. Chrissy Harris

Spirits are still high

WELL, what can we say? We are told that last night was the first time in 25 years that an evening in the Gladstone Harbour Festival has been called off because of rain. Unfortunately there are no guarantees in life, especially when it comes to the weather.

Yes, it was a shame. But, as they say in the classics, the show must go on. The organisers may have been disheartened, but they are far from broken.

The good news is that the weather is looking much better for tonight and the festival is set for a huge comeback.

What better way to pick our festival up off the canvas than with GLNG and ZINC's Talent Quest and Battle of the Bands.

Festival organiser Ashleigh Smith tells us that the bands are pumped up and ready to set pulses racing. “There is a lot of garage sound,” she said. “They sounded pretty deadly in rehearsal!”

The Talent Quest will surely prove that Gladstone is the most talented region in the nation.

“Gladstone does have some good talent, but perhaps for many of them this is their only outlet,” Ms Smith said.

One example is the Veils of Arabia, a six-woman belly dancing troupe who are looking forward to dancing up a storm – and we don't mean a rain-storm.

“I personally like belly dancing because you don't have to fit into a stereotype to do it,” says Melanie Achilles, one of the group's members.



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