Thursday, November 2, 2023
Mackay and Whitsunday Life
Festival fans are buzzing with excitement as next week’s Airlie Beach Festival of Music (ABFoM) reaches fever pitch, with legendary artists from across the country descending on our small holiday town and thousands of music lovers also expected to arrive over the coming week.
Straight off the back of its massive 10-year celebrations, the festival is entering a new era, taking its experience and accomplishments into a second decade where new ideas are on the horizon.
“Last year was huge!” said Gavin “Butto” Butlin.
“Not only was it our 10th year, but we also won Festival of the Year at the Queensland Music Awards.
“This year we are excited to be in our 11th year and we can’t wait to see familiar faces while also welcoming newcomers to the festival.
“It’s like our musical family comes together every year and we are pumped to see everyone enjoy the festival once again.”
Featuring over 50 different musical acts spread out over 15 different venues, Airlie Beach Festival of Music takes over the town for one wild weekend where live music is literally spilling out onto the streets and setting the whole town a-buzz with song, dance, and a party atmosphere.
Organisers encourage everyone to start planning their ABFoM experience now by purchasing a three-day pass which allows festivalgoers entry into any venue.
“The three-day passes are fantastic value for money,” said Butto.
“You can see the Passport To Airlie Grand Final on Thursday night, enjoy live music in 14 different venues over the weekend and also attend the After Party on Monday afternoon.”
“Enjoy five days of live music and the festival atmosphere in one three-day pass!”
There are also a range of other ticket options available, from the single day pass starting at $120 and the special VIP pass which includes your own bar with a six--hour food and alcohol package, separate toilets, tables, and chairs backing onto the ocean.
The main-stage of the festival is located at the Whitsunday Sailing Club lawn inside the enormous, big top-tent which overlooks the turquoise Coral Sea.
“Nowhere in the country, if not the world, can you experience a festival back-drop like this!” said Butto.
WHAT: Airlie Beach Festival of Music
WHERE: Whitsunday Sailing Club and 14 other venues
WHEN: 9-12 November
Set to the backdrop of the Coral Sea, there is no other festival venue like it! Photo credit: Bailey Simmons
Crowds loving the live music, the atmosphere is electric under the big top tent. Photo supplied