Huge new festival site planned

Published 9:00am 4 May 2022

Huge new festival site planned
Words by Nick Crockford

Plans have been unveiled today for one of Queensland’s largest privately-owned festival and camp sites, just north of this region.

Coochin Fields will be built at Coochin Creek, on the northern end of Pumicestone Passage, by The Comiskey Group, which owns Eatons Hill Hotel and Sandstone Point Hotel, pictured above.

It is planned to bring “world-class festivals” and performances by “top-tier artists” to the new venue on a huge 150-hectare site.

Prince, Ice Cube, Khalid, Ke$ha and Post Malone have already played at venues run by The Comiskey Group, which is based in Moreton Bay Region.

Huge new festival site planned
The Coochin Fields, site at Coochin Creek, currently used for turf and strawberry farms.

The Comiskey Group is in discussions with promoters from around the country interested in Coochin Fields and expect to host the site's first festival later this year.

Coochin Fields is a greenfield site for events only. All festival infrastructure will be brought in for each event. No permanent buildings are planned.

Turf and strawberry farms are currently on the site and will remain operational under the new proposals.

“We are ready to take things to the next level, exceed expectations and bring another great entertainment facility to this incredible community,” said director Rob Comiskey.

Huge new festival site planned
An outline of the 150-hectare site at Coochin Creek.

Mr Comiskey said there were endless possibilities at the site, including large camping festivals along similar lines to Splendour in the Grass and Byron Bay Blues.

“The natural festival site is a similar size to North Byron Parklands. There is plenty of opportunity to host small and large-scale events with international artists and multiple stages,” he said.

After weathering COVID-19 restrictions, The Comiskey Group’s Entertainment Director Jonathan Jackson said he was eager to bring live music back to South East Queensland in a big way.

“It’s been a rough couple of years for the live music industry,” he said.

Huge new festival site planned
One of the many concerts at Eatons Hill Hotel.

"But I am glad we can get back to business and bring more local, national and international artists to the stage where they belong.

"It is a really impressive site that has so much potential. I am looking forward to showcasing the new space to more promoters.

“We have already seen incredible interest and I know there will be plenty more.

“It’s going to be an exciting addition to the region. We can’t wait to bring your favourite musicians closer.”

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