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Big Names Announced For Airlie Beach Festival Of Music

Returning for its 12 year, the award-winning Airlie Beach Festival of Music has released its first line-up, announcing a host of iconic names that will grace the main-stage at the big top tent located at the Whitsunday Sailing Club.

Renowned as one of the most picturesque and inspiring festival locations, festivalgoers enjoy a four day event to the back-drop of the stunning Coral Sea.

There are also dozens of break-off live music gigs held at venues right across the town and featuring a range of talented artists – the whole of Airlie Beach comes alive with music!

For over a decade the Airlie Beach Music Festival has been raising the bar for local events in the region, and 2024 will once again be reaching for the stars with the first release of names already tantalising ticket buyers.

Household names such as Sweet, Jebediah, Thirsty Merc, Christine Anu, Pseudo Echo, Ash Grunwald, Bondi Cigars, 19-Twenty, and Avalanche have been announced, with many more expected to follow.  

All the way from the UK and making their debut in North Queensland, Glam Rock legends Sweet will bring their iconic hits like "Fox On The Run" and "Ballroom Blitz" to the tropical paradise, promising an unforgettable performance.

The band are beyond eager to come, saying "We can’t wait to play The Airlie Beach Music Festival, it's going to be the highlight of our Australian Tour!" 
Australian favourites Thirsty Merc, unquestionably one of Australia’s finest live acts, having released four critically acclaimed albums and having over 250,000 album sales under their belt and Christine Anu, one of Australia’s most popular recording artists and performers, are also set to captivate audiences with their timeless hits.

Reflecting on her return to the region, Christine Anu expressed her excitement, stating, "The Whitsundays region is such a beautiful part of the country, and I cannot wait to come and play for you all at the Airlie Beach Festival of Music this year!"

Also joining the lineup is Australian New-Wave icons Pseudo Echo, who helped pioneer the 80's down under and still continue to be one of Australia's leading recording and touring acts.  
Tourism Whitsundays CEO, Rick Hamilton expressed his enthusiasm for the festival and the draw card it creates for The Whitsundays. 
“The Airlie Beach Festival of Music is a fixture in many people’s calendars, a music festival that takes in an entire town and overlooks the magnificent Whitsunday Islands is an easy yes when deciding what festivals to attend,” he said. 
“We’re looking forward to a big festival this year in celebration of 12 years. It’s a credit to the organising committee that this event has endured all these years.”  
Tickets for the Airlie Beach Festival of Music are on sale now, starting at only $310 including entry to the Thursday pre-party and Monday post-party in Airlie Beach.

Given the festival's popularity, accommodation is expected to sell out quickly, so attendees are encouraged to book early to avoid disappointment.

For more information or for tickets to the 2024 festival from November 8-10, visit, and follow @airliebeachfestivalofmusic on Facebook and Instagram. 

WHAT: Airlie Beach Festival of Music
WHERE: Whitsunday Sailing Club
WHEN: November 8-10

Airlie Beach Festival of Music main stage is located in the big top tent to the backdrop of the Coral Sea. Photo credit: Bailey Simmons

Expect large crowds and an unforgettable party atmosphere: Photo credit: Cherrie Hughes

Ash Grunwald is among the names announced on the line-ups first release. Photo supplied

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