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Mackay and Whitsunday Life

Earn Your Passport To Airlie

Applications are now open for original acts to enter what has now become Australia’s largest live, original music initiative, Passport to Airlie.

Winners from each region, including Mackay, will get the opportunity to open Airlie Beach Festival of Music 2023, performing in the main tent on Thursday, November 9.  

“The chance to be on a bill with international stars was once-in-a-lifetime,” said Passport to Airlie co-ordinator Cherrie Hughes.

“Fresh new acts and established artists can all enter to have this chance plus the opportunity to build experience and networks as well as their opportunity for a spot on the Airlie Beach Festival of Music line-up.”

Winners will be hoping for not just an overall win but also the prize of a headline spot at next year’s Airlie Beach Festival of Music.  

Passport to Airlie’s 2022 winner Perry Street Park have gone on an absolute tear since winning last year's competition, now winning the Bluesfest Byron Bay Busking Competition which saw them playing the Juke Joint stage for Bluesfest 2023.

“Passport to Airlie gives up and coming bands from all around Australia the opportunity to perform at a renowned festival on the big stage in front of industry and music lovers,” said lead singer Benny.

Airlie Beach Festival of Music Ambassador Sarah McLeod is also back as head judge and mentor before she rocks the stage with The Superjesus Saturday night.

“What a great opportunity for bands to be discovered on a legit platform in front of real fans who will follow their journey,” she said.

“Australian Idol this ain’t!”  

Applications for Passport to Airlie 2023 are open now and can be made at

Passport to Airlie 2022 winners Perry Street Park. Photo credit: Cherrie Hughes

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