‘Huge’ music festival site on the Sunshine Coast could attract Splendor and Bluesfest events

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Plans have been unveiled for a “huge” concert and festival venue in the Sunshine Coast hinterland, intended to attract high-profile events.

Rob Comiskey of the Comiskey Group today released details of his Coochin Fields development, which is located in Coochin Creek, a 35 minute drive south of Maroochydore and 1 hour 20 minutes north of Brisbane, and covers 150 hectares.

“The most important thing for us is not to be the biggest in the world, but to make sure we’re doing something special enough,” Mr. Comiskey said.

“We had been looking for years and then suddenly we came across this gem and when we first went there we thought ‘Wow, this is just amazing’.

“It felt like it was made for it.”

Rob Comiskey of the Comiskey Group said the site could host its first event within a year.(Supplied: Comiskey Group)

He said the company was in talks with developers across the country about future events for the site.

“I would like to see one [festival] there within a year,” he said.

“Or the other is that we have a lot of links with very successful festivals in Australia and we’re talking to those guys right now and there’s been really strong interest.”

Venue could attract big names in live music

Mr Comiskey said the site was not intended to compete with big festivals like Splendor in the Grass and Byron Bay Bluesfest, but rather to offer promoters a Queensland alternative.

Powderfinger on stage at Splendor in the Grass music festival
Powderfinger on stage at Splendor in 2017.(Triple-J)

“The reason is that it’s much easier to buy these massive bands from America and also from Europe if you have multiple shows for them.”

Mr Comiskey said there were no concerns about the impact of the festival site on neighbors due to its location.

“There are neighbors, probably a handful of about five or six, but the location of the stages and where the music is produced is literally a mile away,” he said.

“One of the nice things about this site is that it’s surrounded by a national park on almost all sides.”

The company was eager to hold its first official event, but wanted to start small.

An aerial view of the Coochin Fields festival site.
Rob Comiskey says there is still a lot of work to do on the site.(Supplied: Comiskey Group)

“People have had this experience since they show up and drive in or come to these doors to offer food, drink, to the bands on stage,” Comiskey said.

He said there was still a lot of work to do on the site before that happened.

“Everything from electricity, road networks inland, making sure the drainage is correct, access not only for customers but also for trucks,” he said.

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