Bands, boards and breaks

The Noosa Festival of Surfing is not just about what happens out on the water between waves. Guitar amps will be cranked to eleven and a bunch of films especially curated for this event will explore surf history from board shapers to surfing legends.

on Friday, 11 Dec, 2015

The action and entertainment at the Noosa Festival of Surfing doesn’t let up when the sun goes down.

Boasting a fantastic line-up of music and some superb film screenings, as well as the XXXX Summer Beach Bar right on the sand at First Point, the festival is far more than just a surf competition.

The Mason Rack Band will be amongst the headliners at the Silver Jubilee. The award-winning Gold Coast blues rockers will be adding the Noosa Festival to their perennial list of tour dates, celebrating the recent launch of their latest album,Big Bad Machine and will be stirring things up on the Zinc Stage and at Café Le Monde for the festival’s closing celebrations.

Thrust into the surf scene as featured artists on Jack Entwistle’s short film,The Road North,Sons of the East will also be taking to the stage. The hugely popular outfit from Sydney will join the festival for the first time in 2016, and with their surf-soaked, rich folk sound, they’re sure to be a great hit. Blending influences from theKings of Leon toOf Monsters And Men, there is something just a little bitMorning of the Earth about their sound that is sure to appeal to audiences young and old.

For a second year Surf Unearthed will celebrate the acts of tomorrow, inviting regional and national young artists to the beach stage for their chance to steal the limelight. Last year’s successful trio,The Tea Society,The Go-Getters andHobo Magic, will the stage setters for what is sure to be a Festival tradition.

Surfers love their surf films, and the 25th festival will feature a very special double bill.Men of Wood & Foam documents the incredible achievements of the pioneers of the Australian surfboard industry in the 1950s and ‘60s. The premiere screening will feature live guest appearances by several of the Brookvale pioneers, including Gordon Woods, Bill Wallace, Barry Bennett and Denny Keogh.

This will be followed by Legend of Angourie – The First Man Standing - a tribute to Ray Moran, the first known person to surf the fabled Angourie Point (and a competitor in the Magoo Over 70s). Featuring Angourie regulars including Taylor Jensen, Nat, Nava and Bryce Young and David ‘Baddy’ Treloar, amongst others, it is a glimpse into the history of this magical break, the characters who call it home and the surfer who discovered it.

The XXXX Summer Beach Bar will once again return to First Point throughout the week, offering refreshments and entertainment for the whole family.

We hope you can join us for the 25th Anniversary of the Noosa Festival of Surfing, March 5 to 12, 2016, as it shapes up to be bigger and better than ever before.

Entertainment lineup:

  • Sons of the East – Saturday 5 March
  • Mason Rack – Saturday 12 March
  • Surf Unearthed – Friday 4 March
  • Men of Wood & Foam premiere – Sunday 6 March

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