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Aussie Party The Airlie Way

No need for Australia Day plans, with the Airlie Beach Hotel booking one of the best parties to celebrate this long weekend.

From 12pm

From midday, get the party started with the Aussie Rock Chicks, featuring none other than Tara Graham and the Captain Thunderbolt Band.

New to the scene, this band bring big beats and even better energy, with all the attitude of the Aussie rock legends that they embody.

Featuring the very best of the Aussie rock, all the legends will be covered, from Sia’s ‘Cheap Thrills’ and Veronica’s ‘4ever’ and ‘Untouched’, to Tones & I’s ‘Dance Monkey’, no beat will be missed.

Will you be dancing to Natalia Imbruglia’s ‘Torn’ or jumping for Bachelor Girls’ ‘Buses and Trains’?

You can be rest assured that this will be non-stop rock chaos for three unforgettable hours.

From 3pm

Taking over the celebrations from 3pm, three absolute powerhouses of rock legendary, The Angels, Midnight Oil, and The Divinyls, will be gracing the Airlie Beach Hotel stage.

Energy is the bread and butter of these three.

All three perfectly articulated in this amazing and powerful show, where every single classic from these legends will not be missed.

“It’s fully costumed, high energy,” explained drummer Jim Cowling.

“To represent all the amazing characters that embody these acts.”

The show starts with Midnight Oil, with Jim the character of the enigmatic Rob Hurst, and Peter Garret being played by the band’s very own Peter.

“When I was 17, I saw Rob Hurst playing and wanted to play like that, so it took me no time to get into character, and Peter was the same. He was quick to pick up Peter Garret’s dance and his political rants,” Jim explained.

Next up is the Divinyls, with Emily becoming vocal powerhouse Chrissy Amphlett, with all the best tracks.

The finale of the show is The Angels, with Doc Neeson and Rick Brewster making a legendary comeback.

“Our Peter plays Rick Brewster and it’s amazing. Rick has these dark sunnies, and doesn’t move at all in the show. He’s like a statue and its always great to see people trying to get him to smile and move through the show,” Jim said.

“We have so many characters, that often people go ‘Where’d that other drummer go?’ and it’s all the same people!”

Now, what can Airlie Beach expect?

“We play the shows that everyone knows. This is a high energy, hard Aussie rock show. And we finish the show off right, with Chrissy Amphlett coming on stage with the Angels, and send off the night with ‘Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again’, and of course the great audience participation with that.”

WHAT: Australia Day Party 2024, featuring Angels, Oils & Divinyls plus Aussie Rock Chicks
WHERE: The Pub, Airlie Beach Hotel
WHEN: Friday, January 26, from 12pm

Tickets: Absolutely free! But it’s recommended to reserve a table

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