Thursday, October 19, 2023


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

Young Talent, Big Potential

Now in its fifth year, Young Whitsundays Got Talent is gearing up for its Heat and Grand Final this weekend, with over 10 musicians readying themselves for the beach stage.

With seven bands and six solo vocalists, all local to Airlie Beach and Bowen, named in the line up, this will be one of the best events showcasing local, independent music.

Event organiser and coordinator, Paula Hovey, began Young Whitsundays Got Talent in 2019 after realising a gap in events for youth in the region.

“There isn’t a lot for kids to do here,” she explained.

“So, I just decided to put this together and its just blown up since then.

“It is such a good event for young people and aspiring musicians, and each and every year, the event has just gotten better and better.”

Over the years, contestants have seen fantastic progress, with the 2019 finalist, Noah Robertson, a 13-year-old who recently returned to Australia after performing alongside big names in America.

As well as this, the 2022 winner Tiffany Grace has been selected into the 2024 CMAA Academy of Country Music in Tamworth.

In fact, Tiffany will be performing this weekend at the Grand Final, alongside the 2023 contestants.

“It’s always a good day of music,” said Paula.

Prizes for the winning act include $250 prize money, one hour time slot at Lola’s Bar on November 26, guitar and stand pack from Airlie Beach Music Centre, and a backstage opportunity at the Airlie Beach Festival of Music, being able to see the backstage process of professionals on the main stage.

“Everyone is welcome, with this weekend going to be extra exciting with fantastic music.”

WHAT: 2023 Young Whitsundays Got Talent Event

WHERE: Northerlies Beach Bar

WHEN: Sunday October 22, from 1pm

2022 Contestants of Young Whitsundays Got Talent. Photo supplied

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