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Natasha to Move Mountains

Preparing for the Move Mountains Music Festival are (from left) Darren Wright, Mark Cook-Long and Jared Wright from Therapy of Noise with festival organiser Natasha Parkins.
Preparing for the Move Mountains Music Festival are (from left) Darren Wright, Mark Cook-Long and Jared Wright from Therapy of Noise with festival organiser Natasha Parkins. Bev Lacey

TOOWOOMBA music fan Natasha Parkins was in the very early stages of organising a charity music festival when the January 10 floods struck last year.

She had decided on the feel of the festival and was working on selecting a charity or two to invite to be part of it when it became glaringly obvious which charities would be desperate for help in the wake of the floods.

Now, 12 months on, she has 26 fantastic Queensland bands on the line-up including a good chunk of Toowoomba's live music scene and is looking forward to throwing open the gates for flood relief charities.

The concert will be known as Move Mountains festival and will take place on February 26 in Annand St.

"It's a community-based, all ages festival commemorating the January 2011 floods," Ms Parkins said.

"The bulk of the festival will be held within a free access area, with gold coin donation points available for those wishing donate toward the festivals costs.

"The main stage will be featured in the adjoining Toowoomba Indoor Bowls Hall where a small cover charge will be payable upon entry.

"It's an amazing project in support of a core community cause. Should the wider community embrace the event as eagerly as have the volunteers, performers, participants and businesses already on board, then the festival will be a sure success and our message will have reached many."

Ms Parkins said the idea wasn't so much to raise money on behalf of flood charities as it was a great platform for groups to raise awareness and money for themselves.

The line-up for Move Mountains includes The Blackwater Fever, Drawn From Bees, His Merry Men, Project 62, Bart Thrupp, Dana Hassall, Ethelred and Jack Flash.

If you would like to know more about the festival see www.movemountainsfestival.com.

Topics:  flood relief



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