Behind the scenes of the MOONDOLL MUSIC FESTIVAL


With so many concerts and music festivals falling victim to the unpredictable nature of COVID and the domino effect of closures and venue restrictions, Australian audiences have been hungry for live music in Australia for 18 months.

It is a situation and a realization that has seen many promoters hesitate to book shows, especially shows with several groups from different states, which could have serious ramifications if even a single part of our country were forced to lock.

While understandable, this has always been a form of frustration for concert goers, but in reality, booking any form of concert in today’s climate is a risk almost not worth taking.

Fortunately for us here in Queensland – who have been fortunate enough to escape the plight of our fellow Southern comrades – the risk versus reward factor is more in our favor than against, meaning that several promoters and music enthusiasts have taken up the challenge. challenge in planning and booking shows. .

One of those people is Shannon Lee Sloane, a.k.a The colorful writer, aka music site manager Good live call, which went against the grain of advice and opinions to move forward with its now annual Moondoll Music Festival.

Unfortunately, the original July 10 date had to be revised when the closures closed Queensland’s borders to a number of headlining groups, including the New Zealand outfit. Kaosis and the Melbourne metal titans Frankenbok.

The new date chosen was September 11, but this was also questioned when the first Kaosis were forced to return to quarantine in their home countries, then NSW and Victoria both closed their non-existent border gates and effectively isolated. the Queensland of much of the Australian musical hierarchy.

Rather than postponing the event once again, Shannon chose to move forward, drawing on the Queensland musical collective and the wealth of their talents to carry the flag not only for Moondoll, but for them. music festivals themselves.

Shannon recently sat down with HEAVY to discuss Moondoll and the often bumpy road to the September 11th date revised to Mansfield Tavern.

“There’s a lot of relief – well, not a lot of relief yet,” she laughs. “I think once we’re there, and I actually walk into the room and know it’s all going, then there will be some relief.”

Only someone who has organized live music on a large scale could truly understand the frustration and emotional upheaval that even a single setback can cause, but even in the face of increasingly overwhelming odds, Shannon remained determined to see her vision. come to fruition.

“To be honest, I wanted to put it on this year,” she revealed. “I was talking to other promoters who were doing festivals and things in Brisbane and some of them were saying they were going to go ahead and some were saying no, we are going to wait until the next year and I hope things are a bit back to normal by then so I decided not to put it on this year. Then I had this moment one evening – I think I was taking a drink with Jimmy, my partner – and we were talking about my birthday and I thought I was going to do it. I’m going to put Moondoll this year, I’m going to throw caution to the wind and do it and make it a bit of a birthday too because that I turned 40 this year. Originally Moondoll was scheduled for July, which is close to my birthday, then it all got fucked up because of things related to Covid, so it was postponed to September, but I thought I tried so hard, I came this far, I’m not going to give up.

In the full interview, Shannon talks more about the issues with postponing an event, the high-profile cancellations, and how she worked around them, moving from The Back Room in previous years to Moondoll’s new home. at the Mansfield Tavern, doubling the stages to have twice the entertainment this year, juggling between performances on two stages and the difficulty of avoiding clashes, his future vision of Moondoll, the musical diversity of the line-up and Moreover.


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