Thursday, August 24, 2023


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

It’s Always 5 O’clock At The Airlie Beach Hotel

The good times are coming to the Airlie Beach Hotel, with the Latitude 24 band cruising in from ‘Margaritaville’.

Blowing off the winter chill, this Jimmy Buffett tribute band will bring the ‘Bama Breeze’ and we’ll all ask ‘Why Don’t We Get Drunk’ to the summer vibes and smooth sailing.

The good chill atmosphere is not lost here, with Latitude 24 perfecting their craft since 2002.

Have your ‘Cheeseburger in Paradise’ and let all your worries wash away with some ‘Little Miss Magic’.

Latitude 24 is the passion project of Lionel ‘Lions’ Aitken, who started the band as a fundraising project for children living with a disability.

Once endorsed by Jimmy Buffett, who regularly sent video messages for the fundraising concerts, the band morphed into an official Jimmy Buffett tribute.

He is joined by Alvin Rostant on the steel drum, Dan James as drummer, and Ben Westphal as lead guitar.

There is also Ashleigh Denning as backing vocals, Ben Deboer on the keyboards, and Collin ‘The Colonel’ Chapman on bass.

Since its inception, Latitude 24 has called Airlie Beach a repeat venue for a cruisy party.

“It’s all beaches, oceans, and the tropics,” explains Lionel.

“The vibes are right, the crowds are right, Airlie Beach is a great place to come to.

“Every knows the words, everyone sings along, it’s the whole Jimmy Buffett experience,” he said.

And don’t forget the special guest of Tumbling Dice – the Linda Ronstadt Tribute Show performing alongside Lionel and his Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefers energy.

Ashleigh Denning embodies Linda Ronstadt to the bone, playing to a ‘Different Drum’ and bringing the ‘Heat Wave’.

More than just a pretty face, Tumbling Dice ‘Hurt So Bad’, but believe that ‘Love Is a Rose’.

Appearing on stage alongside Latitude 24, this won’t be a show to miss, so ‘How Do I Make You’ get to the Airlie Beach Hotel and have a ‘Livingston Saturday Night’.

As we believe here, ‘It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere’, so have a ‘Lovely Cruise’ and let’s make a ‘Trip Around the Sun’.

And as Lions says, “Just be there!”

WHAT: The Ultimate Jimmy Buffett Tribute Show with Tumbling Dice – the Linda Ronstadt Tribute

WHERE: The Pub, Airlie Beach Hotel

WHEN: Saturday, August 12 and Sunday, August 13, 2pm to 5.30pm

Lionel ‘Lions’ Aitken knows how to put on a Jimmy Buffett show, that’s for sure

Drawing a crowd in Hawaiian shirts and good energy, Latitude 24 is a solid show on the Airlie Beach calendar

Latitude 24 has even been endorsed by the one and only Jimmy Buffett.

Evolving over the years, Latitude 24 knows the very best of Jimmy Buffett and knows how to put on a show. Photos supplied

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