When will this end? Queenslanders who flocked to Coolangatta Beach for its annual Christmas concert have expressed their disappointment that barely a handful of traditional carols were sung.
Apart from a dance remake of Santa Claus is Coming to Town, there were reportedly only four non-traditional Christmas songs performed. Many families left early, after realising there would be no sing-alongs for their children.
Facebook user Stacey Storrie wrote about Sunday’s event, saying although she had a nice time, she was surprised by the lack of Christmas carols. “It was portrayed as an Aussie beach Xmas event. Some Xmas songs… would have been nice to hear”.
Ms Storrie also added, “all it would take was to get each performer to sing at least a couple of Xmas songs in their set and that would have been achieved”.
Local councillor Chris Robbins disagreed with this suggestion though. “It’s not as if people don’t have choices — if people want something that’s more traditional they should pull their finger out, pick up the phone and give them a ring to find out what’s going on instead of pissing and moaning on Facebook”, she said.
Either way, as Facebook user Kane Adams wrote, a Christmas concert without carols hardly seems “worth it”. A local survey found that over 90 per cent of attendants were disappointed by the lack of festive cheer.