Thursday, August 24, 2023


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Opening Night Madness

Along with the official opening of the Great Barrier Reef Festival, be sure to head down to the main stage to see famous headliner Reece Mastin, who will be followed by popular duo Salt and Steel.

Bringing high energy and good vibes to the opening night, quality live music sets the pace of what’s to come.

Reece Mastin gets the crowd pumping with his pop-rock tunes, while Salt and Steel offer edgy raw music that is perfectly paired with rock.

WHAT: Reece Mastin and Salt and Steel

WHERE: Beach Stage, Airlie Beach Foreshore

WHEN: Friday August 4, from 6.30pm

Classic Legends Take On Airlie Beach

Relive the glory days with the Airlie Beach Hotel, hosting the fantastic rock trio of Dellacoma Rio, Shaleena Bain and Tara Graham.

Full of heart pumping tunes and classic anthems, these rockers embody the best names of the 80s and 90s, in a production full of thrills and spills.

WHAT: Classic Rock Legends of the 80s and 90s

WHERE: The Pub, Airlie Beach Hotel

WHEN: Saturday August 5, 2.30pm to 5pm

Beats On The Beach

With the chill tunes of Sun Salute, the Beats on the Beach is the best of Saturday night music.

Joining the Beach Stage is The Wild Sky, with classic blues beats that thrum through their soulful tunes, Mish ‘n’ Possible, with her powerful vocals and fantastically uplifting sound, and Flying Double Front Kick, Airlie Beach’s own rockers.

WHAT: Beats on the Beach

WHERE: Beach Stage, Airlie Beach Foreshore

WHEN: Saturday August 5, from 6pm

The Chats and Cosmic Psychos

The party continues on Saturday night with The Chats and Cosmic Psychos, in an unforgettable duo performance that brings young and old together under one roof.

Cosmic Psychos bring the beer-fuelled Australia punk rock, with absolutely no class, and even less cares.

While The Chats are the up-and-comers on the Aussie punk rock scene, bringing with them some ‘shed rock’ that rivals Cosmic Psychos.

WHAT: The Chats and Cosmic Psychos

WHERE: Magnums Club

WHEN: Saturday August 5, from 8pm

Chill In The Park

What a way to send off a mammoth weekend of live music, family fun, and unstoppable adventure!

Chill in the Park is one of the final events on the Great Barrier Reef Festival agenda, rounding out the event with legendary music and local artists.

The line-up includes The David Flower Band, with folk-rock music that will leave you swaying to the beat, and Erin Rues, this Airlie Beach local is an absolute powerhouse vocalist with an attitude to match.

Don’t miss Didgera, with their groovy tribal rhythmic beats of jazz and reggae, and Sam Bannink, creating an atmosphere perfect for a Sunday afternoon of sun with his guitar and soulful songs.

Send off the 2023 iteration of the Great Barrier Reef Festival with this chill afternoon of some of the best classic Airlie Beach hits.

WHAT: Chill in the Park

WHERE: Airlie Beach Foreshore

WHEN: Sunday August 6, from 1.30pm


You can book a VIP area at Point Bar and receive a free cocktail and nibbles with an ocean view

Mish ‘n’ Possible will bring eclectic beats and uplifting tracks

Reece Mastin headlining Friday night will set the scene for this summer loving festival

This three-piece ensemble, The Wild Sky appears as the rock and roll blues centre of the Beats on the Beach lineup

Airlie Beach local, Flying Double Front Kick brings us home, with alternative rock tunes and beats to match

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