Ipswich's "Woodstock" approved for 2017
THOUSANDS of alternative music lovers will once again descend on Ipswich for the region's own version of Woodstock.
Council has officially approved the 12th annual Earth Frequency Festival to be held at Ivory's Rock in Peak Crossing from February 17-20 next year.
The four-day music, arts and environment festival began in 2005 with about 300 attendees and last year hosted 5000 people.
Festival founder Paul Abad said organisers had faced challenges from a small but vocal group of residents who opposed the event.
Mr Abad said ongoing changes had been made to cater to the needs of locals however he expected to face a battle once again in 2017.
"It will be tightly conditioned once again but there are a few changes to some of the methodologies used which will be more suitable for us in the long term," he said.
"But resident feedback has been factored in as much as possible.
"Council's position is they want to support the festival and keep it in Ipswich.
"All in all I think it's fair. We have made a lot of changes and compromises based on local area feedback."
Local fundraising groups were allocated sites at the 2016 festival and 1% of ticket sales were set aside for the Earth Frequency Community Fund.
"We have a number of interesting side projects happening including a new community fund which raised $6700 last year which will be donated to local causes in Spring and Summer based on applications we receive for funding grants," Mr Abad said.
"Also our partnership with one of the neighbouring properties owned by Queensland Trust for Nature is continuing well.
"We also are looking in to a green energy project to hopefully install solar panels and extra underground cabling. This will be quite a unique undertaking for an outdoor festival event."
Earlier this year police blitzed the annual electronic, alternative, reggae and hip hop music event, conducting roadside breath tests and drug tests on festival-goers.
The massive police operation saw 12 people of the 5000 who attended charged with possessing drug paraphernalia and one with supplying drugs.
Police conducted more than 2500 roadside breath tests but no one was charged with drink driving.
Mr Abad said he welcomed police presence at the all-ages festival, which had already begun selling tickets for 2017.
Earth Frequency 2017 will be officially launched on Saturday, September 3 at Max Watts in West End, Brisbane.
For regular festival updates visit the Earth Frequency Facebook page.