Much loved musician Stuart Fergie (also known as DidgeriSTU), frontman of the hugely popular OKA
The power of music is felt by all. Music is an essential part of culture, entertainment and life for many of us, and due to Covid restrictions, lock downs and mandates, the industry has taken a massive blow!
This year is no different, with gigs and festivals already being cancelled due to the uncertainty of the current state of the world.
When Spring Fest organiser Elisa Seul heard that Stu, front man of popular music act OKA, was in ICU battling Covid-related lung issues, she decided it was time to come together for a brother in music and fundraise for him and his family.
Bring in, “A Variant in Music: Friends for OKA” – a free community event being held on the Rainbow Beach Centre Block on Saturday 26 February 2022.
A ‘stripped back’ event, with artists busking for your entertainment, and selling their merchandise. Raffles, donation boxes, BBQ, and market stall fees will be used to fundraise for Stu’s recovery period.
“This is a community fundraiser to also raise awareness on how the music sector (artists, agencies, event organisers, sound production, venues etc) have all been hit hard and labelled as not essential to our living,” explains Elisa.
People from all over are welcome to come together safely, in the open, outdoor space. Bring a rug and make a day of it, enjoy the market and food stalls and most of all the music! Bring some cash to support your favourite artists, because gosh, they need it!
Stu with Elisa Seul at last year’s Rainbow Beach Spring Fest
This event is run entirely by volunteer members of the Rainbow Beach Community Centre, who have a deep passion for connecting community.
“If you love music, good vibes, the pandemic pushed you down and you need a community, this is for you”, says Elisa of the event.
Confirmed artists include: The Lyrical, Boom Boom Sound System, Andrea Kirwin, Lucy Gallant, Olivia Ruth, Tilly Wright, and Katie Milae.
Stay tuned! More artists and busking program to be announced!