COLOURFUL CROWD: Katie Lockett, Corrie Robbins and Lea Loveheart from the Nylon Zoo at last year’s Earth Frequency festival at Ivorys Rock. This year event organisers have worked with the local community to make sure residents aren’t negatively impacted.
COLOURFUL CROWD: Katie Lockett, Corrie Robbins and Lea Loveheart from the Nylon Zoo at last year’s Earth Frequency festival at Ivorys Rock. This year event organisers have worked with the local community to make sure residents aren’t negatively impacted. Inga Williams

Festival set to give back to the local community

AFTER listening to community concerns, organisers of Earth Frequency Festival at Ivorys Rock have made some big changes to the annual music festival and are set to give back to the area in more ways than one.

Organiser of the four-day music festival Paul Abad said he had worked hard to minimise the event's impact on the community.

"We want the festival to be positive for the local area environmentally and socially so we've been working with residents, community groups and council," he said.

"We had just over 4000 people come last year and for the first time we're capping numbers at 5000 this year to help keep the intimate, family-friendly atmosphere we want to create.

"We are also restricting the hours of the bigger stages to end at midnight to make sure there aren't any noise-related issues."

Mr Abad said the festival, now in its 11th year, would also see local community groups fundraising on site.

"This year we are also starting the Earth Frequency Community Fund, a new initiative which will see 1% of total ticket sales go back to the community through the Scenic Rim Council because we spend 1% of the year there," he said.

Mr Abad described the music at the festival as a "melting pot" of live and electronic styles.

The festival organiser said acts included artists such as Blue King Brown, Kingfisha and Oka as well as international performers Day Sin, Opiuo and Boris Brejcha.

"Earth Frequency started as an electronic-focused festival but has branched out into alternative, reggae and hip hop," he said.

"We're really trying to merge those two worlds because there aren't many festivals that do that.

"We are adding another chill stage this year as well as an extra art gallery which will be a 14m wide dome.

"We've gone through a lot of feedback and we want to leave a positive footprint in the community."

Earth Frequency Festival will be held at Ivorys Rock on February 12-15.

Visit earthfrequency.com.au



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