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Mackay and Whitsunday Life

Rhythm Returns To Bluewater Quay

Bangers will soar over Bluewater Quay as the sun sets over the picturesque Pioneer River once again with the return of Rhythm and the Reef in 2023.

The unique waterfront location will welcome some of music’s biggest names while offering local acts the chance to play in front of a packed hometown crowd.

Leading the line-up this year is Sydney pop rock group Lime Cordiale, who have found success in the charts, at the ARIA Awards and in triple j’s Hottest 100 over the years.

Led by siblings Oli and Louis Leimbach, the band are currently on tour in the US, UK and Europe and will be sure to have everyone on their feet as the night takes over.

Lime Cordiale will be joined by iconic English rapper and singer Example, known for memorable hits like ‘Kickstart’ and ‘Changed the Way You Kissed Me’.

Now an Australian resident, Example returned to his home country to impress audiences at Glastonbury and Creamfields earlier this year and will be bringing the party to Mackay in September.

Emerging popstar Go-Jo has been entertaining audiences with viral hits and TikToks and gives Mackay the chance to hear his latest banger ‘Mrs. Hollywood’ and more live at Bluewater Quay.

Those looking for a boogie will be indulged by Daft Punk tribute act Discovery as they take you on a journey through the catalogue of one of dance music’s pioneer acts.

Lastly, Mackay’s Giant Palms, Clovr and Cherry plus Townsville’s Late November are all ready to wow their hometown crowds with catchy originals and craftily selected beats to make the festival a real north Queensland affair.

The festival will also feature live art from David Day, Muddy Grimes, Louis Gervais and Jungarray, as well as food and drink vendors.

Rhythm and the Reef is held in conjunction with Rumble on the Reef, regional Australia’s biggest skateboarding competition, which is held at the Sugarbowl from September 18-23.

WHAT: Rhythm and the Reef 2023

WHEN: Saturday, September 30

WHERE: Bluewater Quay


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