Some changes and new announcements have gone down at Festival of the Sun HQ this week, as the festival nears kick off for another year out in Port Macquarie in December.
Due to personal commitments, Ali Barter has had to pull out of the festival, with Sydney’s Imbi The Girl stepping up to the plate. She joins triple j Unearthed competition winners MILD WEST (pictured) in this little nugget of news, both emerging talents to be keeping an eye on as 2018 nears.
In other Festival of the Sun news, the University of Newcastle is bringing a creative workshop to the festival, offering punters the opportunity to chill out, add to their Space-themed costumes and more. An important addition to the festival this year is the ‘Save a Mate’ initiative, launched to promote safety and wellness at Festival of the Sun. As Festival Director Simon Luke explains,
“FOTSUN is dedicated in providing our customers with an array of services and support that encompasses the fun and safe communal vibe we want to maintain for our festival. With these new partnerships, FOTSUN is able to host new and interesting ways for attendees to get involved with our crew and one another. Supporting these fantastic causes is another step forward in continuing to offer an unique and memorable outer atmosphere experience for our punters at FOTSUN.”
Along with the ‘Save a Mate’ initiative, Festival of the Sun also welcomes the PLAY SAFE VIP area. Now, this is a bit of an interesting one; established to keep the punters safe from STIs (a major issue facing young people in NSW), entry to this exclusive VIP area – featuring extra clean toilets, charge stations, glitter bar – doesn’t cost anything but an STI test. PASH (Positive Adolescent Sexual Health) will be on ground to help with the tests and also answer any questions festival goers have.
Festival of the Sun has sold out for another year, and takes place from December 7th – 9th in Port Macquarie. For more information about the festival, visit www.fotsun.com.