ON STAGE: Satellites perform during the El Grande music festival held at Mie Place, Gladstone. The band will also play at Harbourtown Throwdown.
ON STAGE: Satellites perform during the El Grande music festival held at Mie Place, Gladstone. The band will also play at Harbourtown Throwdown. Luka Kauzlaric

Hardcore fans set to rock at new metal festival

GLADSTONE'S punk fans are in for a treat with the announcement of an all-ages, heavy metal festival in October.

Harbourtown Throwdown is the first of its kind and will be held at the Grand Hotel on October 4 from 3pm.

With acts such as Wish For Wings, Darkc3ll, Bound For Ruin, DrawCard, Satellites, Red in Tooth, Animal Throwdown and many more, it's sure to be a day of hardcore rocking.

Acoustic bands will also perform on the small stage to mix it up, catering to people with different tastes.

It's all in co-event organiser Nathan Bedford's plan to increase the amount of music offered in Gladstone.

"The more bands that come through Gladstone, and have a good time, the more that will continue," he said.

"We need to support the smaller touring acts though too - not just the Illys and Pete Murrays. If we can build a thriving, live original music scene you'll find more little events will happen more frequently."

Tickets to the festival are $25 pre-sale and $30 at the door. An ID is essential for 18+ drinkers.

Check out Thursday's Pulse section in The Observer for a story with Wish For Wings guitarist Aaron Spinks.



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