The crowd gets into the vibes at the Big Pineapple Music Festival yesterday.
The crowd gets into the vibes at the Big Pineapple Music Festival yesterday. John McCutcheon

Pineapple rocks as a new music festival comes to life

MORE than 10,000 music lovers crammed together to embrace good weather, good friends and good tunes yesterday.

The Big Pineapple Music Festival brought a breath of fresh air to the Sunshine Coast, as the young and old came together to enjoy some of the country's best music.

From the soulful tunes of Melbourne-based band Bonjah to the much-loved rock music of Australian favourite Grinspoon, the three festival stages had crowds toe tapping, hand waving and head swaying.

Whether from the Coast or one of the 4500 visitors to the region, everyone embraced the event in style with quirky outfits and wild hairstyles.

Even the occasional head with a pineapple hairdo was spotted.

Crowds grew bigger as the day progressed, with more than 9000 tickets scanned by 4pm.

Latecomers arrived in time for crowd favourites British India, Regurgitator, Birds of Tokyo and Hermitude.

Festival organiser Mark Pico said the festival had been a way of bringing great music to Coast residents.

"This festival is about the music," he said.

"We aren't outside festival organisers from Sydney coming up here.

"We are local guys who live and breathe the Coast.

"For a first-up festival we are absolutely stoked at the line-up we've been able to pull together. There's a healthy serving of rock, roots, reggae and electronica going on."

The inaugural Sunshine Coast music event sold more than 3000 tickets in the first five days they went on sale, with tickets sold out by last week.


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