Entertainment

The Herd boycott concert - and coal

The Herd have pulled out of this Coal to Coast Gen XY festival in protest of the region's coal industry.
The Herd have pulled out of this Coal to Coast Gen XY festival in protest of the region's coal industry.

THOUSANDS of teenagers have been given the cold shoulder by one of Australia's top hip-hop bands, The Herd, which has pulled out of Friday night's Coal to Coast Gen XY concert at Sarina showgrounds in protest over the region's coal industry.

The headline act notified Mackay Regional Council (MRC) via email of its plans to cancel just after 5pm yesterday - less than 24 hours before the band was due to hit the stage.

Thursday night, Coal to Coast organisers were not giving up without a fight.

Mackay Entertainment and Convention Centre (MECC) manager Mark Fawcett and MRC festivals and events producer David Gerrand informed the band's management team that if The Herd did not front tonight, council would sue for breach of contract.

“The band's management company was most apologetic as it has no real say in The Herd's decision and has offered Australian band Spiderbait as a replacement,” Mr Fawcett said.

“This is a developing situation and I really can't tell you what the outcome will be but the Gen XY concert will go ahead.”

The Daily Mercury understands that at lunch time Thursday, a 'green' anti-mining group hit the website of The Herd calling the band 'sell outs.'

Anger was directed at the Coal To Coast Festival which the group believed was a 'front' for the mining industry.

The group claimed the entire event had been put together by Andrew Garrett, who is employed by Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal (DBCT) as promotions manager.

MRC economic development councillor Dave Perkins said that was absolute rubbish.

“As chair of the committee, I have a committee made up of a broad cross-section of the community,” Cr Perkins said.

“There are only two members of the committee with links to the mining community - Andrew Garrett from DBCT and Karen McIntyre from MAIN.

“Andrew heads one of four sub-committees, the fundraising sub-committee, and while a lot of sponsorship has come from the mining industry, a huge amount has also come from non-mining organisations - including the Queensland Government.”

Cr Perkins said it was a gutless act of The Herd to bow to the 'green' group's demands.

“They would make more of a stance turning up and letting their lyrics speak.”

Thursday night The Herd declined to comment but said a statement would be on the band's website on Monday.


Read more...

Festival must go on


Armed robbery at Nambucca Heads fast food outlet

Police were called to the outlet just after a man allegedly threatened a shop assistant with a knife.

A man allegedly threatened a shop assistant with a knife in Nambucca

Veterans of Australian film see what SWIFF is all about

Dave Horsley of the Screenwave International Film Festival, actor Bryan Brown, and Dov Kornits from Filmink at the screenwave launch at element bar.

Coffs Coast's emerging film industry ahead to a screen near you

Local Partners

From Casino to Iraq: How Shay is serving her country

WHEN Shay Maloney left Casino to join the Army in 2013, shortly after her 18th birthday, the idea of a deployment to Iraq was far from her mind.


Reconciling with stories of the past to build future

STORY TIME: Coffs aboriginal elders Aunty Bea Ballangarry and Mark Flanders hope to teach life lessons through stories.

Mark Flanders hopes stories will help shape the future

Fans invited to meet Jets at training session

FLYING IN: Catch the Newcastle Jets at the free training session at the international stadium on Thursday.

Catch up with the Newcastle Jets at the free training session

Legendary batsman opens up

STAR: Sir Viv Richards.

Cricket hero Sir Viv Richards will tell his tale at Coffs race club

'Allo 'Allo! star Gorden Kaye has died

Gorden Kaye, pictured in Brisbane in 2007, found fame as a cafe owner Rene Artois in the iconic British television series ‘Allo ‘Allo!

ACTOR Gorden Kaye, from BBC comedy ‘Allo ‘Allo!, has died.

Veterans of Australian film see what SWIFF is all about

Dave Horsley of the Screenwave International Film Festival, actor Bryan Brown, and Dov Kornits from Filmink at the screenwave launch at element bar.

Coffs Coast's emerging film industry ahead to a screen near you

Lion roars to straight to No 1 at Aussie box office

Nicole Kidman, David Wenham and Sunny Pawar in a scene from the movie Lion.

THE Australian-made movie a hit, while Rogue One nears record mark.

Ozzy Osbourne fell asleep during his driving test

Not a good idea to give Ozzy a Ferrari

Kristen Stewart to host SNL

Kristen Stewart will host a pre-Super Bowl episode of SNL next month

Louis Tomlinson celebrated his son's first birthday

Louis Tomlinson and Briana Jungwirth celebrate son's first birthday

Why investors are flocking to Moranbah

Moranbah homes are selling like hotcakes, creating a supply problem

Investors are scrambling to get into the market

Auction breaks Moonee Beach sale record

RECORD PRICE: This Estuary Dr home sold for 1.355 million at the weekend

An Estuary Dr property has achieved a record residential price

Stockland's $150m pitch: Build it and they will come

Gladstone Marina. The Gladstone Regional Council offers a range of exciting job opportunities. Photo Contributed: Murray Ware.

Here's why we need to see Stockland upgrade start soon.

Steady growth in a Coffs buyer's market

Boambee stood out as the region's most expensive suburb for houses with a $650,000 median sale price.

Lower price ranges stand out as Coffs property best sellers

Thousands of jobs part of $1b retirement village project

THIS YEAR: An artist impression of the new Aveo retirement village in Springfield.

Aveo Springfield unveiled this month, homes ready by July

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!