• Tiana Speter

EXCLUSIVE: The Double Happiness share their inspo behind a festival-inducing tune!


Few can boast releasing a song that would eventually evolve into spawning an entirely new music festival; but for anyone already familiar with the sunny, laidback stylings of Brisbane quartet The Double Happiness, the fact that their steamy summer-ready tune Coochiemudlo has gone on to be the inspiration for Queensland's newest bespoke island music experience: Coochiemudlo Island Festival!

An oozing ode flowing with languid grooves and varnished guitars, Coochiemudlo by The Double Happiness is the perfect namesake for the impending island magic awaiting punters this Saturday 8th May. Taking place a short ferry ride from Brisbane on the picturesque shores of Coochiemudlo Island on Saturday, 8 May 2021, the festival stars an all QLD line-up headlined by Bobby Alu and includes previous Soundcheck guests Karl S. Williams, The Double Happiness and The Holy Rollercoasters. Organised by the island's own not-for-profit community group and 4000 Records, the event seeks to spread some much-needed joy following the challenging year that was 2020, and will be streamed globally by Stageit to spread the love even further to those still in lockdown abroad. For those attending in person - artisanal market stalls and entertaining activities are also on the bill. And to get you well and truly in the island move, Pete Happiness from The Double Happiness is sharing the band's Fave 5 influences for their song Coochiemudlo, with an intro from Pete's wife Kristin Happiness - and the pic that started it all!


For more Coochiemudlo Island Festival news, including ticket info, head HERE!


We were given a weekend away by our daughter, which involved taking a ferry through Moreton Bay. We decided to use it for an anniversary celebration, 27 years of 'going out'. On the way we passed Coochie, and Pete says the line - 'He sat next to her, she sat next to him". - Kate Happiness, The Double Happiness

See pic below for that magical moment that spared this adventure!

pic: Mark Cranitch

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BY TIANA SPETER