PHOTO GALLERY: The Long Sunset

Macey Young, Georgia Adams, Natasha Young from Canungra. Photo by Katherine O'Brien.
Macey Young, Georgia Adams, Natasha Young from Canungra. Photo by Katherine O'Brien.

Music aficionados young and old spread out on picnic blankets and camping chairs across Elysian Fields for a relaxed The Long Sunset 2023.

The Queensland Music Festival event, part of the QLD Music Trails series, attracted festival goers from the Scenic Rim and further afield from 29 April to 1 May.

Local group Mununjali Ngari opened the festival on 29 April, local artists Laura Frank and The Inadequates welcomed visitors with laid back campfire sessions the night before and shuttle buses gave visitors tours of Canungra CBD on 30 April.

My Country Escape

Lime Cordiale and Winston Surfshirt were the headline acts alongside the likes of Hatchie, Sycco and Tia Gostelow, and an Auslan Stage Left interpreter stole the show with his dance moves.

The carpark was visibly less full than it was for the 2022 event, but the crowd still filled the space with boundless youthful energy.

The VIP area up on the hill was pumping with the who’s who of the tourism world, from Scenic Rim industry leaders to Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk.

During her set, Hatchie said it was good to play to an all-ages show and commented that she’d never seen so many cartwheels from the crowd.

Winston Surfshirt, who got the crowd pumping with smooth grooves complete with trombone solos, praised the children’s good behaviour.

“It’s quiet, they’re quiet kids. Very well behaved,” the lead singer said.