More than 7500 people hit the sand at North Wollongong on Saturday for the coolest music festival to ever hit the region.
Diggies, The Kiosk, surf life saving club and North Beach Pavilion were transformed by global giant Corona for Australia’s second ever SunSets.
Two mega stages were pitted at either end of the beach ready for the sounds of SAFIA, Boo Seeka, Hayden James and other dance music aficionado’s.
Masses of happy people, dressed in summer outfits, danced up a storm or chilled on outdoor settings constructed by wooden pallets.
On Sunday, patrons were all invited back to help the clean-up –keeping the local environment pristine was of paramount importance to organisers.
“We’re a brand and we’re all about beach and oceans, more and more now we’re about trying to protect the beaches and the oceans from things like marine plastic pollution,” said Andy Vance, Corona Marketing Manager Australia.
Organisers also ditched single-use plastics at the event, took monetary “plastic-free pledges” for patrons (going to charity Parley) and enlisted the Clean Vibes’ Green Team to dispose of waste “responsibly”.
The first SunSets festival landed in Perth in two years ago. While when the nation will get a third event is unclear, according to Mr Vance.
However he did say 2019 would see many smaller Corona music events and tours around the country.
Earlier in the week Destination Wollongong predicted the festival to contribute around $1.8 million into the local economy.
General Manager Mark Sleigh said as Corona’s global reach was massive (they boast 14 million social media followers around the world) the tourism value for the region was enormous.