Festival making waves
ROB Parker reckons the surge of business at his Coolangatta restaurant Waves is not the only reason the Wintersun festival should stay in the area.
Mr Parker said a suggestion to move the festival away was madness.
“We have all the infrastructure here already and at this time of year nothing else is happening in Coolangatta,” he said.
“It was established in Coolangatta and it has a lot of tradition here.”
Mr Parker's seafood and steak family restaurant buzzed this week, with a new band playing every day.
“It's great to see the town come alive and have people everywhere enjoying themselves,” Mr Parker said.
“The Wintersun committee was great in helping us organise the bands and everything.”
People in rock'n'roll costumes and Elvis-inspired hairstyles filled the room and spilled out to the deck while yesterday's rockabilly band, Atomic Cruisers, played 50s and 60s music.
Mr Parker bought Waves 18 months ago and said he loved Wintersun last year as a business owner.
With more visitors than locals attending the festival, Mr Parker said he made a point of getting to know newcomers to his restaurant.
“People come from all over the country and even overseas to Wintersun, so it is great to have them here for the music and the food,” he said.
Mr Parker said the restaurant offered a special 50s and 60s inspired menu for customers during the Wintersun festival.
While the band rocked out tunes, patrons practiced their dancing moves in the middle of the restaurant on a makeshift dance floor.
Coolangatta resident Duane Watson said he lived near the restaurant and was a regular customer there.
“I love getting into Wintersun and seeing all the people around,” Mr Watson said.
“It's good to see Coolangatta so alive and Waves so busy with people.”
“I wish it was this busy all the time because the food is great and you can bring the family.”
Bands which have also played at Waves this week included Shindig, Last Chance and Old 45s.
Rock'n'roll band At The Hop will play at there today from 11am to 3pm.