Who said music fests had to involve thriving masses, multiple stages, trampled grass and mud in all the wrong places? If jazz, folk, classical and world music floats your boat, then prepare for a different kind of festival experience. Firstly, the sea will be close by. More importantly, you can sit in comfort.
All that is on offer at Music By the Sea 2018, aka Sandgate's 16th annual celebration of soaring sounds. Local and international talent will converge on the oceanside spot to showcase a variety of musical styles. Yes, it's one of those "something for everyone" events, combining a bit of everything, including multimedia soundscapes, Sicilian folk, classical meets modern and more.
If you'd rather drop by instead of devoting a whole day to smooth tunes, that's also an option. Soak up the laidback atmosphere and sample some songs without actually buying a ticket, courtesy of the free performance program. You'll also get to hang out in local cafes and bars — and who doesn't want to do that?
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