Performing on stage with some of Australia’s biggest bands, local musician Matthew Munro played his heart out at the 2022 Sounds of Rock on Saturday.
Being part of a line up that included iconic bands such as Killing Heidi, Eskimo Joe and Ganggajang was a dream come true for the 22-year-old musician.
The weather held off for the afternoon, as Matthew warmed up the crowd with a cover of ‘90s rock from Four Non-Blondes.
As a child growing up in the Bundaberg Region Matthew said he would often listen to the performing bands with his parents, and at the time he never thought he would one day play alongside them.
“I don’t think the true extent of my excitement is going to kick in until I’m actually on stage and surrounded by all the other acts,” Matthew said prior to his performance.
“I feel so blessed to be given this opportunity in my career.
“These are bands that I have grown up listening to with my parents and it feels like I’ve come full circle in that not only do I get to listen to them, but I get to sing on the same stage that they are.”
Matthew belted out a combination of country, light rock, and originals to the crowd of Sounds of Rock festival goers on Saturday.
“It’s definitely a highlight of my career to not only be sharing the stage with some iconic legends but to perform on such a big stage in my hometown,” he said.
Festival enjoyed by community
Like many of the festival goers, Nicole Vitler and Belinda Redden were extremely excited to be at the second Sounds of Rock festival to be held in the Bundaberg Region.
The pair lined up front and centre during the opening set and both agreed it was a fantastic atmosphere.
“Matthew is awesome, he is really setting the scene for the day and playing some really good songs,” Belinda said.
“We’re so excited to be here and we hope it returns every year!”