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Mackay and Whitsunday Life


The Mackay Entertainment and Convention Centre (MECC) is moving offsite, with a performance from the Australian Army’s 1 RAR Band at the Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens on Friday, 2 March, 2024.

The decision to host the performance from Townsville’s Band of the 1st Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (known as 1 RAR Band) at the offsite venue was made following the closure of the MECC’s Auditorium, due to storm damage over the Christmas period.

Director Community and Client Services Janine McKay said the Defence unit’s strong sense of community was something the MECC could not pass up on.

“We have been collaborating with the band to bring music workshops to schools, and a preview performance at Caneland Central,” Ms McKay said.

“We’re fortunate to have skilled staff who are able to deliver offsite events; and hosting free, live music, with the talented 1RAR Band at Meadowlands Amphitheatre is something we’re proud to offer our community,” she said.

One RAR Band supports all three Brigade units, other Defence organisations, and the wider community. The band comprises a 10-piece ensemble (drums, trumpets, trombones and saxophones) alongside vocalists, playing contemporary music that blends modern beats with Australian classics. After success following their Sunset Vibes performance at the Winton Outback Festival in 2023, the band are excited to bring their music to Mackay.

The MECC are encouraging all ages to come along and enjoy this free, family-friendly night out.

“This will be a memorable night out. Bring some chairs or a blanket and pack a picnic. We will also have a variety of food trucks available for those looking for savoury or desserts options,” Ms McKay said.


WHAT: The MECC Presents Sunset Vibes with the 1 RAR Band

WHEN: Saturday 2 March, 6.30pm

WHERE: Meadowlands Amphitheatre, Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens

Caption:  A show-stopping performance from the Australian Army’s 1 RAR Band. Photos supplied

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