Music gathering to raise awareness for mental health

Ash Grunwald is the headline act at the upcoming Caltowie Chilled Out and Fired Up music festival.
Ash Grunwald is the headline act at the upcoming Caltowie Chilled Out and Fired Up music festival.

Caltowie Chilled Out and Fired Up is a one of a kind music gathering set to provide a day of entertainment while raising awareness about mental health.

The inaugural festival scheduled for September 21, 2019, has secured headliner Ash Grunwald, supported by SA's Venice Queens, Grenadiers and many more.

Caltowie Chilled Out and Fired Up Music Festival is also a mental health awareness event aimed at removing the stigma towards mental health and encouraging men and women to reach out when they are not okay.

The local region has experienced three suicides in recent months motivating community members to become advocates for mental health awareness who are working towards lifting the stigma associated with it.

Event organiser Ben van Boekel said in recent months the local area had lost three people to suicide.

"Two of them sadly were close friends," he said.

"It is heartbreaking to think they thought suicide was their only option.

"That they thought they were so alone.

"If they could only see how many people came to say goodbye at their funeral, how many people truly loved them, and the hole they left in everyone's hearts and lives ... it might have made a difference."

The event not only supports rural families through tough times on the land but supports local towns, businesses and local artists.

Mr van Boekel said they aimed to bring quality music to rural regions that don't always have the opportunity to experience live entertainment.

"Free camping is offered to attendees to ensure they can enjoy the whole event from start to finish," he said.

This highly anticipated Music Festival is the first of its kind north of Adelaide with the official announcement reaching over 30,000 people on Facebook.

The event will feature two exceptionally large bonfires, a variety of South Australian craft beer, wine and cider, barbecue smoked meats and pizza.

Tickets for the September 21 event are available to purchase online at www.satickets.com.au