Thursday, August 24, 2023
Mackay and Whitsunday Life
Bringing music lovers together to celebrate the reef and raise money for its protection, are at the foundations of the inaugural Flametree Gathering, brought to you by respected local musician David Flower and his partner Bronwyn Garland.
A grassroots gathering, with all proceeds going towards Eco Barge Clean Seas, the event promises to be both inspiring and empowering, a mix of music, art, soul practice, food stalls, games and fun.
A total of nine acts will perform on the day, with both local and state-wide talent handpicked and invited to bring a special flair to the event.
Featuring world class musicians from Julian James to Trilliah, Bobby Longstaff, to The Barlyshakes, the music ranges from Blues to rock folk and reggae so there’s a little bit of something for everyone.
David and Bronwyn felt inspired to raise money for Eco Barge Clean Seas and the Turtle Rehabilitation Centre when they volunteered on one of their regular beach clean missions and experienced firsthand the great work they do.
“It was incredible how much stuff we picked up from the beach - I think 250kg was collected by 10 volunteers in two hours!” he explained.
“The whole thing is run by volunteers, and it is so important we keep the boat running.”
Libby Edge, Founder of Eco Barge, said she is extremely grateful to hear proceeds will come to her charity organisation, and is looking forward to coming to the event and celebrating what they do with the rest of the volunteers.
“By the end of the year we will have collected 250,000 kilos of marine debris!” said Libby.
“It’s been a long journey and it’s wonderful that David has nominated us – we’re really chuffed and honoured.
“It will also be a great opportunity for many of the volunteers to come together and celebrate.”
During the event Libby will host a stall where attendees can stop for a chat, find out more about Eco Barge and volunteer their time for one of the beach clean missions.
“We have over 2,500 volunteers, but there is always room for more!” she said.
David said he has always loved the name ‘Flametree’ and has wanted to hold an event in the area for many years.
When his friend offered him the use of some private land, he knew his dream was coming true and by creating a fundraiser festival he has deepened the meaningful intention of the event.
“It’s a family friendly event and kids under 12 go free!” said David.
“There will be games, activities and of course back-to-back live music,”
Well-known regional artist La Lune Croker will be creating some art for the event and there will also be soul practice sessions by event co-organiser Bronwyn Garland of Garland of Hope.
A burger bar run by Eco Barge and their volunteers will keep the crowds well-fed and a charity raffle will include prizes from Cruise Whitsundays, Goodness Gracious and tickets to Airlie Beach Festival of Music.
Kicking off at 10am, live music at the inaugural Flametree Gathering will begin at 12pm and continue until the event close at 10pm.
Please note, this is a BYO event and organisers are promoting responsible drinking.
WHAT: Flametree Gathering
WHERE: 65a Jasinique Drive, Flametree
WHEN: Saturday, September 2
TIME: 10am – 10pm
David Flower will be performing at the inaugural Flametree Gathering.
Festival co-founders David Flower and Bronwyn Garland with Eco Barge Clean Seas founder, Libby Edge, on the boat trip that inspired the partnership.