Thursday, December 21, 2023


Mackay and Whitsunday Life



The Bluewater Quay is set to get even bluer thanks to a pair of special visitors this New Year’s Eve.

Smurfette and Papa Smurf will be taking the stage at the Mackay Regional Council New Years Eve River Party.

Families can expect to sing and dance along to a rock’n’roll party from the duo – as long as Papa Smurf can overcome his stage fright.

Mayor Greg Williamson said the Smurfs would be just two of the performers at the expanded River Party.

“This year’s event will be spread across both the Bluewater Quay and River Wharves,” Mayor Williamson said.

“There will be live music and entertainment at both locations – Smurfs, Jonte and Matt Tandy at Bluewater Quay and Kate Lockyer at River Wharves,” he said.

“As always, entry to this family friendly event is free and there will be something for everyone – markets, food vendors, facepainting, amusement rides, fireworks and families can even meet and grab a photo with the Smurfs.”

Festival and Events Coordinator Sarah Porter said the amazing team at Muscle Garden had supported the two fireworks displays this year as naming rights sponsor.

“The Muscle Garden Fireworks will be at 9pm and midnight and will be a great spectacle to welcome in 2024,” Ms Porter said.

“We hope everyone has a fantastic night enjoying some great local music and family entertainment,” she said.

Ms Porter said there would be some very talented local musicians on stage.

“Jonte is known for his unique covers from a range of eras, and his growing collection of really catchy, thoughtful originals.

“Matt Tandy is a blues and roots musician whose songs tell stories and really draw you in with foot-stomping goodness and a dash of humour.

“And Kate Lockyer has an amazing chilled, acoustic vibe that is perfect for kicking back to while you enjoy the selections from the food vendors.

“There will be a lot of fun on offer, so hopefully the only ones feeling blue seeing in 2024 will be the Smurfs.”

Schedule of entertainment

Bluewater Quay:

● 6pm – Mayor’s welcome

● 6.05pm - Welcome to Country

● 6.15pm – Kids’ Smurf Show #1

● 6.45pm – Jonte

● 7.15pm – Meet & Greet

● 7.45pm – Matt Tandy

● 8.40pm – Kids’ Smurf Show #2

● 9pm – Muscle Garden Fireworks

● Midnight – Muscle Garden Fireworks

River Wharves:

● 6pm to 9pm – Kids’ face painting

● 6.30pm to 9pm – Kate Lockyer

● ZIFFY'S Ice Cream Truck

Local singers, Jonte and Matt Tandy, will be performing at the Bluewater Quay on New Years Eve, with the Smurfs set to delight children with a special show

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