THE sixth Caloundra Music Festival is set to be one of the biggest yet with headlining acts John Butler Trio, Cat Empire, The Living End and The Whitlams hitting the Kings Beach stage in September.

The Beards, Ball Park Music, Trombone Shorty, Lanie Lane and Boom Crash Opera also will play the Coast festival.

Half of the line-up will be announced this morning, with the remaining nine acts revealed in the coming weeks.

Festival director Richie Eyles said 3000 tickets were sold before the headlining acts were announced.

He anticipated ticket sales would soar after today's announcement.

"We expected we'd sell about that many before the announcement, but the fact is people are cagey these days," he said.

"We've done pretty well. We've got loyal supporters who jump in and get cheaper tickets.

"There will be those who will wait to see what the weather is going to do. That's the nature of running an event."

Mr Eyles said he was hoping this year's festival would sell out with 10,000 people through the gates every day.

"The advantage is Monday is the holiday. Sunday might have been wrapping up with people heading home early.

"Now Sunday might be our biggest night," he said.

This year's festival was moved to the new Queen's Birthday long weekend, September 29-October 1, capping off the inaugural Fringe Festival starting September 21, which marks the beginning of the spring school holidays.

"The Fringe this year provides lots of free stuff we've had in the past," Mr Eyles said.

"It's school holidays, lots of people around. Not only locals and kids in holidays, others who had not heard about the music festival.

"We're hoping those visitors come up and enjoy the free fringe activities. We're capitalising on that audience."

Mr Eyles said he encouraged the local community to maximise the opportunity of having so many people in town.

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