Whyalla's vast pool of talented musicians will be showcased again this weekend at the Celebrating Original Music Every Time (COMET) festival.
The 10th COMET, celebrating its 5th anniversary, is a gold coin donation event at the D'Faces Youth Hall on Saturday, May 18, from 5pm to 10pm with a stellar line-up of local acts.
Heading the bill is The Scoundrels and Karma and the Jester with Atzyon, Blake Brougham, Buska, Busker Snev, Emily Rawlings, Jasmine Moder, Key of Moog, Leah, Leigh Dalton and Ben, My Favourite Shoes, Wolf and George Vlachoulis.
The Scoundrels are performing fresh from the release of their first EP It's Not That I Don't Want It, I Just Didn't Expect It... and a huge couple of months which has seen them hit Number 1 on the Triple J unearthed indie charts and number 2 on the overall charts as well as cracking airplay on commercial stations like Triple M.
Karma and the Jester and Emily Rawlings performed recently at the uneARTh Festival in Whyalla while Emily, Blake Brougham and Jasmine Moder were in the line-up at the Whyalla Youth Musician Mentor Program's concert at the Left Hand Club that helped celebrate SA Youth Week.
Sharmane Whitaker from the COMET Association said Saturday's event was an avenue for performers to take that next step from covering other people's material to their own original work.
"That's the main focus of COMET, providing a stage for Whyalla and regional artists to perform their own music and acts," Sharmane said.
"It's a stage for young and old performers and we welcome artists from throughout the region and elsewhere to perform.
"COMET is a diverse range of performances that won't disappoint with their originality and pure entertainment value."
Sharmane gave special mention to the many local businesses that donate towards the shows and the performers, sound and lighting staff, organising volunteers and many more who donate their time for the event.
Whyalla Councillor Irene Adair said the Whyalla City Council actively encouraged and sponsored events like COMET and was a proud supporter of youth week events and youth endeavours throughout the year. Irene's son Blake is one of the performers on Saturday night at the independently organised COMET event.
COMET recently received a $1748 grant from Grants SA and has previously received funding from Council's Community Grant fund.
"As a Council we recognised the importance of supporting, guiding and creating talent and diversity in our community," Cr Adair said.
"It is great to see so many of our talented youth (and others) performing at COMET as these young adults move from doing pop/rock covers to writing and performing their own work.
"When it comes to supporting youth in our community, this event flows on seamlessly from the Whyalla Youth Musician Mentor Program concert and Council's Youth Advisory Committee's fantastic Skate Day in Civic Park."
COMET was the brainchild of the late Wayne O'Malley with his brother, and celebrated Whyalla artist, Leith continuing the legacy by helping organise COMET for the fifth year through the COMET Association. The association will be honouring Wayne with the unveiling of a plaque in Jessop White Park on Saturday, May 18 from 3pm.
Doors then open at 4.30pm for COMET at the D'Faces Youth Hall at 14 Viscount Slim Ave, Whyalla Norrie. For more information contact COMET on 0417 892 700.