Thursday, November 2, 2023
Mackay and Whitsunday Life
Aspiring musicians from across the country are coming to Airlie Beach next week to celebrate the best of Aussie original music in the Passport to Airlie Competition that propels small independent acts into national stardom.
Having competed in regional competitions across the nation throughout the year, the Passport to Airlie Showcase Finals will kick off the official Airlie Beach Festival of Music schedule next Thursday night.
Eight massive bands, from across the nation, have been handpicked for the competition final and have been gearing up for the festival opportunity of a lifetime.
Competing in the finals are, Gravy Train from Darwin, Sunshine Coast’s Staremaster, Funk Knuckle from Brisbane, Robert Cini Band from Cairns, Byron Bay’s Venus Fly Trap, Newcastle’s Avalanche, Ally Row from Melbourne and local band, The Wild Sky from Mackay.
And with an headlining act of Perry Street Park, the 2022 Passport to Airlie winners, who have achieved massive success following the competition, it is no surprise that Airlie Beach is excited to witness Australia’s next best on stage.
Open to all age groups, this opening night event is a great introduction for younger festivalgoers and an opportunity for local youth to experience some of the best aspiring musical talent in the country.
WHAT: Passport to Airlie Showcase Finals 2023
WHERE: Festival Main Stage, Whitsunday Sailing Club
WHEN: Thursday, November 9, from 6pm
Perry Street Park, the 2022 winners of Passport to Airlie. Photo supplied