The original Californian pop group will play on the sand of Australia’s most famous beach this November.
The Beach Boys (captained by co-founder Mike Love) will be supported on the day by homegrown talent The Whitlams, Busby Marou, Kim Churchill and Sahara Beck, as well as much beachside activity.
Music promoter Steve Scherri is behind this inaugural day festival. When the opportunity to tour the Beach Boys around Australia this summer arose (the band is playing several dates around the country), it triggered the idea.
“It seemed like a great opportunity to use our fascination with beach culture to create a beach-culture festival,” he says. He’s proud to be staging the inaugural edition in Sydney.
The Beach Boys might have been around for 50 years, but hits such as Surfin’ USA, God Only Knows and Good Vibrations still resonate. The younger acts performing on the day jumped at the chance to share a bill with the band. Scherri, who has spent 10 years working on Byron Bay Bluesfest, has marked them all for bright futures.
“Kim Churchill is a major talent who has already established himself as someone to watch, and Sahara Beck is only 19 and sensational, a rising star.”
Alongside the music there will be a strong focus on Surf Life Saving NSW. One dollar from every ticket sold will be donated to the not-for-profit organisation.
Guests can choose their tier of ticket. Opt for allocated seating right on the beach, pull up a rug at the green’s picnic area, or reserve a table on the promenade accompanied by a three-course meal. The Bucket List will provide meals and picnics as well as pop-ups across the site. Local businesses will set up (pop-up) shops too, with healthy food and drink options.
The Beach Boys themselves will play for two hours and are promising “all their hits” – that’s (approximately) 40 perfect pop songs and many more harmonies.
Bondi Beachfest will take place on Saturday November 14. Early-bird website presale tickets are available for Surf Life Saving NSW members from Friday June 19 at midday. General public tickets on sale from Friday June 26 at midday.