Big Pineapple Music Festival
The Big Pineapple Music Festival opens at 11am and runs until 11pm. This is undeniably one of the best music festivals in Queensland.
About the Venue
A heritage-listed landmark, the Big Pineapple is a fun and colourful part of Queensland's history. The 16-metre high pineapple, erected in 1970 by Bill and Lyn Taylor, originally overlooked their 23-hectare pineapple plantation, aptly named Sunshine Plantation. The Taylor farm grew a variety of tropical fruits, as well as macadamia nuts and spices, but Sunshine Plantation quickly became more than a modest farm. The plantation acquired more land and added several features over the years, including a restaurant, train ride tours, and a petting zoo with native animals.
Today, the Big Pineapple consists of 165 hectares and is still a valuable resource about Queensland's agricultural roots. The zoo and sugar cane train have reopened, in addition to the region's largest all-weather market for local goods. More than 135 businesses are part of the Big Pineapple markets, ranging from local organic farmers and bakers to area artists and jewelers.
About the Show
While the Big Pineapple is generally a favourite attraction for families, the site is open to just those over the age of 18 on 17 May. More than two dozen bands and musicians are on the lineup for the Saturday concert, which will start at 10:30 a.m. and continue until 11:30 that evening. Australian hip-hop band Bliss n Eso is headlining the festival in 2014 along with other local musicians from various genres, including reggae, rock, and electronica. Other acts for 2014 include:
- The Living End
- Art vs. Science
- Dead Leeter Circus
- The Funkoars
- Alison Wonderland
- Peking Duk
- Hat Fitz and Cara
- Mr Hill & Rahjconkas
If you haven't already bought your Big Pineapple Music Festival tickets, they're available online as well as through most ticket outlets; booking fees may apply.
Where to stay
Those wanting to enjoy the beauty of the Sunshine Coast can find several holiday apartment and home rentals available in nearby Maroochydore. Just a 15-minute drive from the Big Pineapple, Maroochydore is the perfect location to explore everything the Sunshine Coast has to offer.
Where to Eat
On the day of the show, you can sample the variety offered by the Big Pineapple food vendors. Several bars will be open within the venue as well, but remember that you cannot bring food or drinks into the festival and there will be bag checks at the gate. Restaurants are plentiful in the area, with a diverse selection including French, Indian, Asian, and local cuisine.
The Woombye Pub is a must during your stay. Established in 1900, the neighbourhood mainstay features a seasonal menu with fresh, local ingredients. Holiday rentals in the area have full kitchens, making it easy to enjoy the region's finest foods without breaking your budget.
Come for the music festival and stay for the beautiful scenery. The Sunshine Coast awaits you! For more information visit www.bigpineapplemusicfestival.com.