Thursday, November 2, 2023


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

It’s been a while! Hasn’t it!

Hi all!

Rach has given me the absolute pleasure of writing this week’s Editor’s Note, so here we are.

This week has been a bit of a whirlwind, so I thought I’d share it with you.

We have undertaken one of two Airlie Beach Festival of Music features and we’re making sure you have the best time at one of the best festivals in the region, and what better way than to hear straight from the artists’ mouths.

That’s right, little ol’ me got the chance to interview some of the biggest names in Australian music this week – I’ve had conversations with Ross Wilson, Dragon, and even Ian Moss – and you can read about them all in the pages of this week’s paper.

It was absolutely amazing talking to these timeless Aussie legends that have some incredible hits you instantly recognise when they’re played on the radio or at the pub.

Timeless, classic, and fantastic.

And while I was a bit start stuck talking to them, I did find it hilarious when I was talking to a Year 11 student at my soccer game this week, who just gave me blank looks until I named a bunch of the artist’s greatest hits.

It really proves the power of music, of how you don’t need to know the artists name to be moved by their music.

Next on my books, for the second ABFoM feature, is Gleezus, the youth rock band who come from Bowen, and hopefully King Stingray, Frenzal Rhomb, and Tanya George.

I love that the Music Festival generates this incredible vibe around life music, you can’t help but get around it, so you’ll see me front row, bopping to the beats and having a grand ol’ time.

How are you spending Airlie Beach Festival of Music?

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