Local businesses are throwing their support behind the 2022 Sounds of Rock, which is set to feature big-name artists and draw crowds from near and far when the festival kicks off in May.
Organiser Trevor Sands from NUI Events said he had received an outpouring of support from the community after last year's inaugural event that saw the likes of Daryl Braithwaite and Thirsty Merc rocking out on stage.
Trevor said local businesses had jumped on board to take part in this year's festival which was already gaining momentum in ticket sales.
“We are at a point now where ticket sales are a lot more than what they were this time last year,” he said.
2022 Sounds of Rock brings 80s legends to Bundaberg
Trevor said Australian 80s rockers Hoodoo Gurus would headline the 2022 Sounds of Rock festival at the Bundaberg Recreational Precinct, and they wouldn't be the only music legends to take to the stage.
Killing Heidi, Ganggajang and Boom Crash Opera will make up just some of the list of iconic artists to perform on the day with local performer Matt Munro also to feature.
Trevor said being able to secure such a talented line-up would bring plenty of benefit to the region.
“The most exciting part is exposing our region to fantastic musicians who haven't been to Bundaberg in a long, long time,” Trevor said.
“To bring them back to our region so they can see how much we have developed and how much we have to offer… and then for them to entice people from out of the region to visit us too is a win-win for everybody.”
For those who love live music, Trevor said Sounds of Rock would provide the perfect opportunity to “let your hair down”.
“Going off of last year's experience, people literally danced the whole night,” he said.
“It's a great atmosphere with these musicians and their iconic songs, which really seem to bring back some fantastic memories for people.”
“As promoters it tells us that this event is going to be huge which is exciting times for Bundaberg.”
Organisers overwhelmed by festival support for Sounds of Rock 2022
“As for the support we have received from local businesses, it has been amazing and we have even more sponsors on board than what we did in 2021,” Trevor said.
Sugarland Plaza has put its hand up to sponsor the 2022 Sounds of Rock after seeing just how successful last year's event was in the region.
“Being in regional Queensland, we don't often see events like this come to Bundaberg,” Centre Manager Susanne McLoughlin said.
“It is a new concept for Bundaberg which went off really well last year.
“We wanted to be part of that new way of thinking for Bundaberg and tourism as a whole.”
Sounds of Rock 2022 will be held at the Bundaberg Recreational Precinct on Saturday, 7 May.
Tickets can be purchased here.