Rain failed to dampen the spirits of Cooly Rocks On revellers yesterday, with thousands still heading to Coolangatta for the last day of the festival.
Heavy rain and minor flooding in some parts of Queen Elizabeth Park forced the closure of the main outdoor stage on the final day of the event.
Festival Organiser and CEO of Connecting Southern Gold Coast Peter Doggett said safety of bands and artists, contractors, exhibitors, volunteers and the general public was always the number one priority. “Overall, the public was accepting of changes we needed to make to the program and headed indoors to clubs, pubs and other venues throughout town.
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“They may have missed out on some of the live music on the outdoor stages but it was a win for local shops, restaurants and cafes. They couldn’t have been busier.”
“Most people understood that workplace public safety issues took precedence and in situations such as this you do the best you can. Despite the weekend weather, the Cooly Rocks On Street Parade went ahead, and car cruises and fireworks in Coolangatta on Saturday night were well attended.
Mr Doggett said numbers are likely to be down with the full day of inclement weather on Sunday but the festival still brought huge crowds. “Cooly Rocks On brings thousands of interstate visitors and accommodation across the Southern Gold Coast and Tweed completely booked out.
“Their decision to come to the festival was made months ago or some cases more than a year ago, so they were coming to Cooly Rocks On, rain hail or shine,” said Mr Doggett.
Mr Doggett said that the new events added to the festival this year and the shorter duration were well received with many accommodation houses reporting that most of their Cooly Rocks On visitors had already rebooked for 2018.
“There will be no changes to the Cooly Rocks On format next year, with cars, bands, dancing and outdoor stages all on the program,” said Mr Doggett. “The dates will be 6 to 10 June 2018 and I’m sure the weather will be kinder to us.”
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