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A Decade of Sun, Surf and Soul for the Sunshine Coast.

I sit watching the whales play with the salty air in my nostrils, as I listen to the grind of the coffee machine and the clink of cutlery I am reminded that I am starving hungry. It is the morning after the Caloundra Music Festival 2016, the 10th Anniversary event, and all morning my brain has been busily breaking down the humbling personal experiences and spectacular acts enjoyed over the last four busy days. Having attended the last nine CMF festival events I can confidently say it wasn't the very best one for me, however the quality of emerging artists was definitely the best I've seen at this particular event.
 The calibre of emerging acts such as The Ruiins, The Swamp Stompers, Bearfoot, Pete Allan, Doolie and Dan Horne certainly raised some eyebrows and unquestionably got many toes tapping. Of course the headlining acts are always popular with the masses and I feel this year did not disappoint. The Preatures, Incognito, Tower of Power, Erica Falls and Illy were among the biggest crowd drawers, with Michael Franti taking the record on crowd participation... Perhaps that was something to do with his brave entry into the sea of adoring festival punters! George and Noriko were a close second on the crowd participation  activity, their first show was a frivolous event indeed, with follow up performances attracting several repeat participants.
Amazing performances all round and the festival volunteers are among the best I've ever encountered. There is still, believe it or not, (and this is only my opinion) room for improvement. There are some gaps in the program where we could definitely fit some experiential elements such as roving theatre, short film, comedy, and workshops that align with the social expression of the Sunshine Coast utilising some of the many creative artists locally and in surrounding areas.

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