Thursday, July 4, 2024


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

Mackay Is The Music Capital of Regional Queensland!

Our city is absolutely buzzing right now with a killer lineup of events, proving that the council’s hard work to boost our liveability and attract top-notch events is paying off big time. Mackay is fast becoming the music capital of regional Queensland, and the upcoming Festival of Arts is the cherry on top!
Thanks to the council’s ‘Invest Mackay Events and Conference Attraction Programs,’ we’re seeing a flood of major sporting events, concerts, and conferences, all giving our local economy a fantastic boost.
This weekend, we’re in for a treat with the Queensland Music Trails’ Between the Tides, a unique two-night music event held right on the beautiful beach at Cape Hillsborough. Imagine this: an intimate concert experience with the fabulous Christine Anu on Saturday night and the amazing Josh Pyke on Sunday, each supported by the talented Tia Gostelow. My journalist buddy Hannah and I will be there, soaking up the vibes and bringing you all the coverage.
But wait, there’s more! We’ve got the exciting lineup for Rhythm & The Reef, featuring two of my absolute favourites—Bliss N Eso and Sneaky Sound System! These epic bands are hitting Mackay this October, and I can’t wait to catch up with Bliss N Eso again. I had the chance to interview them a few years ago for Core Magazine, and they were a blast. Check out more on page 21!
Local events are also going strong, with awesome gatherings like Tunes in the Dunes last weekend. It just shows how lively and fun our community is. Don’t miss the social pics from Tunes in the Dunes on page 23!
Of course, keeping Mackay livable and vibrant doesn’t come without its challenges. Last week’s council budget meeting saw some heated debates, especially over the reduction in the prompt payment discount. You can read more about this on pages 16-17.
But let’s focus on the good times ahead! It’s time to boogie, mosh, and jive, Mackay! The concert scene is heating up, and there’s something for everyone to enjoy. So grab your friends, get your tickets, and let’s make some unforgettable memories.
See you at the next gig!


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