Thursday, November 2, 2023


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

Rock Icons Check Into Airlie: Dragon

Get ready for another group of massive Aussie legends to grace the Airlie Beach Festival of Music stage, celebrating their own 50 years of rock music stardom.

Their announcement in this years’ line-up is only made sweeter by the fact that Dragon was a headliner for the first Airlie Beach Festival of Music, back in 2013, and now 11 years on, they are honoured to be invited once again.

The band embodies rock and roll and rocks out in a ‘gentlemanly-like fashion’, according to Mark Williams, lead vocalist, who joined the band 17 years ago.

Over the years Dragon has transformed into a household family name, particularly in 1987 when the band toured across Europe with powerhouse Tina Turner, under the name ‘Hunter’.  

Since then, Dragon has returned to Australia and made a local name for themselves across Australia and New Zealand.

Making their way to Airlie Beach Festival of Music is high on the band’s agenda.

“We have been wondering when we’d have the chance to come to the festival again. Every year it goes by, and every year we go ‘there it is, and there we aren’t’, but not this year!” said Mark.

“This year we’ll be playing the anthems that everyone knows, so we can play a chord and the audience can sing along.”

The classic timeless tunes of Dragon will not be lost on anyone at the Airlie Beach Festival of Music, with every generation, young and old, rocking out to the set list.

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