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Big Name For Opening Night - Reece Mastin Performs Live

The Great Barrier Reef Festival just got even bigger, with massive Australian headliner Reece Mastin confirmed for the opening night of the festival.

In 2011, Australia was introduced to 16-year-old Reece when he auditioned for the music competition television show, The X Factor.

With his confidence and charisma, it was clear to everyone that Reece was a natural born performer.

However, being an international musician was not what he had in mind for his career.

“When I was in school in England, I wanted to be a footballer, but I was never very good,” Reece said.

It seems his granddad, however, knew of his hidden talent and gifted him a guitar shortly before he and his family made the move to Australia.

“But I never played it because I was always playing football,” Reece explained.

It was in the cards for Reece though, a perfect hobby for him when he moved to Australia.

“When I moved here, my accent was so hard to understand that I kinda just sat by myself at school, and I picked up the guitar and wrote a couple of songs,” he explained.

“And then I met a kid who was really into it as well. By the time we were in high school, we were in three or four bands. None of them were very good, but then I went and auditioned for the show.”

Since then, Reece’s career has exploded taking him across the nation and onto massive international success.

Cementing himself on the Australia rock circuit, Reece has two platinum number one albums, and three consecutive chart-topping singles, and is currently working on his newest album, which is tightly under wraps, but is set to be a massive release.

Now, off the back of his 10 Year Anniversary Tour, that saw Reece and his crew travel on an 18-month trek across the country, Reece will be back in Airlie Beach for the Great Barrier Reef Festival.

Having only checked through Airlie Beach once before, he is keen to stop and explore the area.

Acting as the headliner on the opening night of the festival, this young gun on the scene is set to bring the high-octane energy that will cruise through the rest of the weekend.

“We want to be known in the music scene, in the rock and pop scene, that our shows are as fun as possible,” said Reece.

“There’s not a lot of time to breathe, it’s just an absolute onslaught of good vibes, good songs, and good energy.”

“It’s definitely going to be loud, with tonnes of singalongs and a lot of high energy!”

Reece Mastin will perform on the Great Barrier Reef Main Stage on Friday August 4, at 8.15pm, followed by duo Salt and Steel at 9pm.

WHAT: Reece Mastin

WHERE: Airlie Beach Foreshore

WHEN: Friday August 4, 8.15pm

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