Friday, November 10, 2023
Mackay and Whitsunday Life
Town is pumped and the atmosphere is buzzing ahead of the 11th annual Airlie Beach Festival of Music which is kicking off as you read this!
Featuring more than 50 acts spread out across 15 different venues, live music will be emanating from pubs, clubs, restaurants, and cafes all weekend.
The main stage, located in the big top tent at the Whitsunday Sailing Club, will be a hive of activity with up to 4000 people expected to gather for four nights of entertainment.
Iconic music legends from across the country are headlining, bringing 150 years of Australian rock to Airlie Beach.
Leading the charge are outstanding performers such as Ian Moss, Ross Wilson, and Dragon.
On receiving the call “Wanna go play at Airlie Beach?” rock legend, Ross Wilson replied, “You betcha, vibe plus. Like, who wouldn’t?”
“I’m bringing my hot shot band The Peaceniks with me and we’re really looking forward to rocking out at The Whitsunday’s biggest, bestest music event the Airlie Beach Festival of Music. What are we gonna play? A bit of Daddy Cool, some Mondo Rock, and some newies too - it’s a festival!!”
While the Airlie Beach Festival of Music is renowned for bringing in the big acts, it also champions the smaller aspiring artists, giving them a chance to shine and play alongside some of their heroes.
Thursday night on the main stage was the Passport To Airlie Competition Grand Final which saw eight talented acts selected from heats across the country perform under the big top tent.
The winner received the opportunity to play on the main stage at next years’ festival.
WHAT: Airlie Beach Festival of Music
WHERE: Whitsunday Sailing Club and 14 other venues
WHEN: 9-12 November