Mackay Region Entertainment News

Xavier Rudd To Bring Zen To Mackay

Xavier Rudd To Bring Zen To Mackay

If you’ve ever heard artist Xavier Rudd’s breezy theme ‘Follow The Sun’, you’ll know that as a singer, he distills the sound of Australiana into his music: the carefree barefoot beaches and love of a sun-blessed country.

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Friday 20 May 2022 Mackay Expo Friday to Sunday, 8:30am to 4:00pm The Mackay Showgrounds will be transformed into the region’s largest outdoor adventure and home and lifestyle event for 3 days in May 2022. Over 130 companies on show. Caravans, Camper Trailers, Boating, Holiday Destinations, 4x4 and Motoring Accessories, Homewares, Kitchens, Camping Gear, Sheds, Firepits, Pools, Spas, and loads more. Plus, daily entertainment and prizes to be won. Tickets available online only. For full event in

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Friday 13 May Paxton’s Night Markets Friday, 5:00pm to 8:00pm Paxton's Night Market is a unique shopping experience with quality stalls, live music, and food. 10 River Street, Mackay

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Friday 6 May Free Guided Walk - Flower Trail Friday, 10:00am to 11:30am Bring your Mum to a special walk where we discover some of the delightful flowers in our special Botanic Gardens. Many are small and white, others are boldly coloured but all have a story to tell. Maya will be your guide for this walk. To book your spot, phone the Botanic Gardens on 4952 7300. Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens

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When The Moon Hits Mackay, Like A Big Pizza Pie

May 6, 2022

That’s Amore! Mackay will transform into a ‘Little Italy’ across Wood Street and Victoria Street next Saturday as it celebrates the return of the annual Italian Street Party – Molto Bene!

The showcase of Italian food and entertainment for the Sugar City community which began in 2017 when members of the Mackay and District Italian Association created the inaugural event is finally back.

The annual event regularly hosted upwards of 10,000 in Mackay’s city centre precinct before it was forced into a two-year hiatus from 2020, with this year its much awaited return.

It’s going to be a full day of Italian Culture: from an Italian Car Show to beautiful operatic music and pasta eating competitions spread across the 3.00pm to 9.00pm event.

The Operatic singer Paul Tabone will headline – having studied music in Mackay at University - as well as local artist Viva, Kathleen Campbell, Aspire Performing Arts and everyone’s favourites, Domenico and the Latin Mafia.

There’ll be plenty of cuisine courtesy of the amazing street vendors – each with an Italian twist - as well as the local restaurants and bars that flank the street ready to serve.

There’s sure to be entertainment with traditional Italian folk dancing, free kids rides and jumping castles, as well as face painting and balloon twisting.

Just the one caveat for those coming along: make sure you’re all dressed up in Italian red, white and green.

Event Coordinator, Colleen Rose said the beauty of the street party is that there’s something for everyone.

“The vision always was to provide a free event with a lot of great entertainment and activities for adults and children, with of course, lots of amazing Italian food on offer,” Ms Rose said.

“Everyone can watch a great show and be immersed in music, culture and atmosphere.”

Ms Rose said, with this her first year on the committee, she had to give plaudits to the amazing group who kept their spirits high during the two-year break.

“That committee is amazing, every year when they’ve been cancelled, they’ve kept their hopes and kept going,” Ms Rose.

“They’ve been ready to go and they’re unbelievably excited.”

“They’re so passionate about the culture and the heritage. It’s been so beautiful hearing their stories on why they moved to Mackay.”

Ms Rose said it's going to be bigger, better, and even more Italian, with some new acts like the contemporary Ballet from Creative Company Z and the old favourites like Domenico and the Latin Mafia.

“But I have to thank the Mackay Council for their sponsorship this year and also Jayco Mackay too!” Ms Rose said.

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Classical Favourites To Grace Mackay

April 29, 2022

Classical music fans, prepare to be delighted when the Queensland Symphony Orchestra returns to the Mackay Entertainment and Convention Centre (MECC) this May.

Marvel as thirteen talented musicians from the Queensland Symphony Orchestra showcase their talent and artistry performing much-loved favourites and creating experiences that become extraordinary when shared.

Queensland Symphony Orchestra Connect ensemble presents an evening concert packed with classical favourites from Prokofiev, the king of Russian ballet to Grieg’s tip-toeing masterpiece, “In the Hall of the Mountain King.”

Don’t miss out on your chance to see Queensland Symphony Orchestra in Mackay.

Book your tickets now and prepare to be swept away by classics like: Holst’s ‘Jupiter’ from The Planets, Prokofiev’s Cinderella’s Waltz and Romeo and Juliet, Gershwin’s Walking the Dog and Grieg’s ‘In the Hall of the Mountain King’ from Peer Gynt Suite No.1, and more.

EVENT DETAILS

Queensland Symphony Orchestra – Classical Favourites Wednesday 25 May 2022 7.30pm

MECC Auditorium

Tickets: www.themecc.com.au

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April 29, 2022

Friday 29 April

April Photo Walkabout Workshop at the Botanic Gardens

Friday, 6:30am to 8:30am

Start the day off right with a walk which focuses on our feathered friends, the birds in the Botanic Gardens. We will be joining Birdlife Mackay’s monthly bird walk and learning the best places to find birds and what birds occupy the gardens. Mackay Camera Group will also be present to assist with the best camera settings for bird photography. Open to all photographers from beginners to advanced, it is a free activity for anyone to join. Bring your camera or device, telephoto or zoom lens recommended and meet at the Botanic Gardens Viewing Deck (opposite the Café). To book your spot, phone the Botanic Gardens on 4952 7300 or email botanic@mackay.qld.gov.au.

Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens

Breathing and Meditation

Friday, 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Does your mind feel overworked, overstimulated and technology-reliant? Are you finding it increasingly difficult to retain information, recall short-term memories and concentrate on what's in front of you? By quieting the mind and focused breathing, you will learn techniques that can help you become present in the moment and find clarity. Bring your own towel or cushion to sit on during this tranquil session. Bookings through Eventbrite.

Gordon White Library

Boomerang Launch Night

Friday, 4:00pm

The Boomerang Hotel is welcoming everyone back to their favourite new-look local with a massive night of freebies, live entertainment, and events for the whole family! Everyone's welcome so come on down and check out everything going on at the Boomerang Hotel!

Boomerang Hotel

Sunset Sessions

Every Friday Evening From 6pm

Knock off drinks, lakeside dinner, good friends, and LIVE MUSIC.

Wake House Australia

Graeme Connors ‘Back After A Short Break’

Friday, 7:30pm

Join Graeme Connors and his band, ‘In Concert’, with classic hits, favourites and new songs from the pen of Australia’s finest singer songwriter. Book via www.themecc.com.au.

MECC Auditorium

Subservia ‘Common Nonsense’ EP Launch

Friday, 9:00pm

In celebration of Subservia's debut EP, ‘Common Nonsense’, the boys are sending it out with a mad party at the Hotel Mackay! With support from Nortica, Systematic Machine, and Viper Syndicate, you won't want to leave your energy at home. Doors at 8pm, bands from 9pm, $10 entry, tickets sold on the door.

Hotel Mackay

Saturday 30 April

Kool Beanz Academy T10 Bash for Cash

Saturday to Monday, 9:00am to 10:00pm

Who will be this year's T10 Bash for Cash Champions? Come and watch the competition as we offer FREE ENTRY to all spectators. With a $30,000 prize pool split across a male and female division we are aiming to see some of the best battle it out for the Kool Beanz Academy GBRA T10 Bash for Cash crown. For team registrations email john@harruppark.com.au or for more information or visit bashforcash.com.au.

Harrup Park

Mackay Art Society Mother’s Day Markets

Saturday, 10:00am to 4:00pm and Sunday, 10:00am to 3:00pm

Find arts and crafts, paintings, wood turning, and jewellery at the Mother’s Day Markets at the Mackay Choral Society hall in Andergrove.

5 Snow Wright Ct, Andergrove

Pointglen's Movie Under The Stars 2022

Saturday, 5:30pm to 9:30pm

Join Shoal Point Waters for a fun-filled night under the stars watching a family friendly movie. This is a free community event brought to you by Pointglen Developments.

Shoal Point Waters

Michael Jackson THRILLER Night

Saturday, 5:30pm to 9:30pm

Celebrate the 40th anniversary of Michael Jackson’s THRILLER single in The Main Bar from 8pm. All the best tunes from Michael Jackson will be played all night plus prizes for the best Thriller outfit!

Mackay Northern Beaches Bowls Club

Sunday 1 May

Live At Lamberts 2022

Sunday, 12:00pm to 10:30pm

An afternoon celebrating great music, tasty food, and a location like no other! The Seabreeze Hotel is excited to announce Live At Lamberts 2022! Featuring a premium music lineup including Pierce Brothers, Late November, Perry Street Park, The Stone Apes, Mardi Wilson, Karlou and Matilda Duncan. Once the sun sets, Michael Scriha will be kicking off the official after party!

Seabreeze Hotel

Wednesday 4 May

Mackay Farmers’ Market

Every Wednesday, 6:30am to 10:30am

The market is a showcase of our region’s amazing produce direct from the farmer.

Bluewater Quay

Thursday 5 May

Low Voltage Rescue with CPR

Thursday, 8:30am to 2:00pm

This course provides participants with the skills to manage common first aid situations that can arise in an electrical services industry environment, including rescue from low voltage panels. It is suitable for people employed as electricians and others employed in the electrical services industry.

St John Ambulance Mackay

Bugs - 'Cooties’ Tour

Thursday, 7:00pm

Bugs are no longer reserved to the confines of the Brisbane scene in which they made their start, with a whirlwind couple of years shepherding the band and their heartfelt, honest and relatable brand of pop rock to the national stage. It’s time to strap in and enjoy the next musical ride from self-professed “Noisey Guitar Pop from Sunny QLD” band, Bugs. With LOSER & VOIID.

The Metropolitan Hotel Mackay

The MECC presents Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow

Thursday, 7:00pm

The Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow is hitting the highways to home-deliver the freshest and funniest from the 2022 Festival to neighbourhoods across the nation. For 24 years the Roadshow has presented an all killer, no filler line-up of Australian stars and talented newcomers to comedy fans far and wide. Buckle up for a night of stand-up, sketch, satire, silliness, and song in this rip-roaring road trip designed to satisfy all your post-pandemic comedy cravings!

MECC Auditorium

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Audrey’s Roman Holiday Party An Intimate Paint and Sip Fundraising Evening Featuring Renowned Local Artist Kate Kennedy

April 29, 2022

Keen for a Roman holiday with a Fair Lady or perhaps Breakfast at Tiffany’s?

Crossroad Arts is thrilled to be hosting another excitingly unique fundraiser, Audrey’s Roman Holiday Party.

Coinciding with the Jayco Mackay Italian Street Party, participants will enjoy a night of Italian themed festivities complete with painting a Tuscan landscape with local artist Kate Kennedy.

Tickets include wine, nibbles and a 2-hour paint session, but with only 30 tickets available you will need to find your best Audrey Hepburn inspired wear and get in quick!

After the success of Crossroad Arts’ Frida Fundraiser Fiesta paint and sip last year this event is not one to be missed.

Artist Kate Kennedy said, “I am proud to be a part of the 2022 Crossroad Arts Paint and Sip Fundraiser - Audrey’s Roman Holiday Party, and excited to share some of my skills on how to paint a Tuscan landscape.  

“It's important events such as these that help to raise the much-needed funds to bring more accessible artistic programs and creative opportunities for people with disability in our community.”

Crossroad Arts has DGR status and is a registered charity. All donations made on the evening will be matched $1 for $1 by ReNew Mackay up to $5000.

EVENT DETAILS

Saturday May 14, 2022

6:30pm- 9pm

Crossroad Arts- 55 Wood St Mackay. Accessible venue

$100pp limited tickets available

For further details including how to book tickets please visit www.crossroadarts.com.au

Georgia Knoll, Brenden Borellini and Annalise Mawer get ready for Audrey’s Roman Holiday Party. Image Credit: Alison Richardson

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April 22, 2022

Friday 22 April

Conversations with Art

Third Friday of each month, 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Join Artspace staff as they guide a casual conversation about traditional and contemporary artworks from the Gallery and Museum Collections.

Artspace Mackay

Sunset Sessions

Every Friday Evening From 6pm

Knock off drinks, lakeside dinner, good friends, and LIVE MUSIC.

Wake House Australia

Friday Jazz Music - Out Of Abingdon

Friday, 7:30pm to 10:30pm

Head down to the Seabreeze for a night of Jazz! Out of Abingdon will be kicking off from 7:30pm. Free all ages event.

Seabreeze Hotel

Saturday 23 April

Mango Junction Live at the Burb

Saturday, 7:00pm

Join us from 7pm-11pm with live music with Mango Junction! Grab a nice meal and a cold drink while you enjoy the music!

Souths Suburban Bowls Club

Sunday 24 April

Pioneer Bonsai Mackay Workshops

Sunday, 1:00pm

Pioneer Bonsai Mackay hold their monthly bonsai workshops at the Botanic Gardens Meeting Room. If you enjoy the fellowship of bonsai or are interested in learning more please come along. New members are welcome.

Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens

Lift The Lid Walk – Mackay

Sunday, 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Lift the Lid on Mental Health with this fundraiser for mental health. Funds raised go to Australian Rotary Health, which funds the all-important research, which helps the great local organisations deliver on the ground. You can walk for as short or as long as you like, departing from Bluewater Quay at 9am. Registration ($30, including free T-shirt) can be made at www.liftthelidwalk.com.au/mackay or late registrations (without the free T-shirt!) can be made from 7am on the day.

Bluewater Quay

Karaoke Under The Stars @ Eimeo SLSC Social Afternoon

Sunday, 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Karaoke Social Afternoon at Eimeo Surf Life Saving Supporters Club. Everyone is welcome to come join in the fun, sing, dance & party.

Eimeo Surf Life Saving Supporters Club

Sunday Live Music – Ella Hartwig

Sunday, 2:00pm to 5:00pm

Music every Sunday from 2pm - 5pm. Head down to the Seabreeze Hotel this Sunday for some fresh tunes, delicious food, and ice-cold brews. Ella Hartwig will be hitting it off from 2pm - 5pm. Ella is originally from Cooktown and is currently touring Far North Queensland.

Seabreeze Hotel

Monday 25 April

ANZAC Day at Harrup Park

Monday From 5.30am

Pay tribute to our diggers on ANZAC Day at Harrup Park. AFL and NRL matches will be televised in The Garden on the Big Screen and inside the club. Prior to the footy, Harrup Park's annual Two-Up competition will be held in an outdoor arena set up beside The Garden. Harrup Park is proud to be the Official Venue of the Mackay RSL Sub Branch.

Harrup Park Country Club

ANZAC Day AFL Fixture: City v Country

Monday, 12.30pm to 5:30pm

It’s a tried and tested battle, where the best city players fight it out against the best country players and it’s back on the AFL Mackay calendar in 2022. Hosted by Magpies Sporting Club, the clash will be played on Monday, April 25th to commemorate ANZAC Day. Gates will open at 12:30pm and will see the women’s action kicking off at 1pm, followed by the men’s game at 3pm. There is plenty of entertainment for the whole family including a jumping castle, face painting and food trucks.

Magpies Sporting Club

Tuesday 26 April

BMA Kidspace

Tuesday, 10:00am to 2:00pm

BMA Kidspace, Artspace Mackay’s free and ever popular toddler’s program, gives children under five a chance to explore and have fun with art in a climate of cooperative learning. The program includes free artist-run craft activities in two sessions, Sess1: Anytime from 10 to 11:30am; Sess2: Anytime from 12:15 to 2pm with live musical entertainment 11:30am to 12:15pm. Bring your children along for a fun day of art-making, singing and dancing. Proudly presented by BHP Mitsubishi Alliance.

Artspace Mackay

Wednesday 27 April

Mackay Farmers’ Market

Every Wednesday, 6:30am to 10:30am

The market is a showcase of our region’s amazing produce direct from the farmer.

Bluewater Quay

Thursday 28 April

Mackay Black Coffee

Thursday, 7:30am

Black Coffee in Mackay is an opportunity for grassroots Indigenous business owners to network and build relationships with each other, other professionals and their supporters.

Primal Coffee Roasters

Morning Melodies at the Burb

Thursday, 11:00am to 1:00pm

Enjoy a morning of fun, food and entertainment with Morning Melodies at the Burb with Anette Worthington performing live once a month!

Souths Suburban Bowls Club

Beergustation

Thursday, 6:30pm

Join The Dispensary for Beergustation hosted by Liam from Ballistic Whitsundays.

Taste 5 unique Ballistic beers each paired with food designed by Head Chef, Alex.

If you enjoy beer and delicious food this is one event you don't want to miss!

The Dispensary Mackay

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Entries Open For Prestigious Art Awards

April 14, 2022

Entries are now open for one of Mackay’s most prestigious art prizes, the Woollam Art on Show Awards 2022.

Celebrating its 16th year, the annual Art on Show event will take place between August 5 and 8, this year joining the Mackay Festival of Arts as a new Fringe Event.

Art on Show offers artists an excellent opportunity to showcase their work to over 300 guests throughout the exhibition at the Mackay Showgrounds 500 Pavilion.

Entrants will also have the chance to win a share of the $11,000 prize pool and the opportunity to sell their work.

There are five sections of entry, with the major prize, the Woollam Art on Show Award, offering $3000, and the People’s Choice Award to be judged by event patrons.

The Mackay Show Association initiative is a celebration of visual arts in regional Queensland, seeking a significant level of participation from artists locally, interstate, and nationwide, with the aim of promoting the arts sector to the Mackay region through a high standard of presentation.

The event provides a platform for local artists to connect with the local art community, showcase and sell their work, and further their artistic careers.

The initiative also focuses on unearthing new talent amongst emerging high school senior art students by working closely with the region’s art educators.

Since the event’s inception in 2006, it has attracted over 6000 competition entries, received from artists as far as Tasmania and Cairns.

The Mackay Show Association has announced Ms Deanna Hitti as the guest judge for the 2022 awards.

Ms Hitti is an award-winning Melbourne-based artist whose works have been short-listed in numerous Australian art awards.

She was the recipient of The Libris Award in Mackay in 2008 and most recently the 2018 Fremantle Art Centre Print Award.

Ms Hitti will also be presenting a special artist talk at Artspace Mackay and a masterclass artist workshop at the Mackay Showgrounds during her visit.

The competition has previously attracted high-profile guest judges including directors and curators from Artspace Mackay, New England Regional Art Museum, the Queensland Art Gallery, Art Gallery

Artist Greg Cannon with his work entitled Driftwood Retreat, the Overall Winner of the Woollam Art on Show Award 2021

Local artist Jason Keehn views his work in the 2021 exhibition

Art on Show Awards Coordinator Melissa Broadhurst admiring entries in the 2021 exhibition. Photos: supplied

Ms. Deanna Hitti, nationally acclaimed Australian artist, and recipient of the 2018 Fremantle Art Centre Print Award will judge the 2022 Art on Show competition. Photo: Rebecca Umlauf

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April 14, 2022

Saturday 16 April

Falun Gong Classes

Every Saturday, 9:00am to 11:00am

Falun Gong offers you relaxation, meditation, inner peace, and health through movement. You're invited to come along and experience a session in the beautiful surroundings of the Botanic Gardens. The meeting place is under the Mango Tree on the Tropical Sun Lawn (near the cafe). Please bring a yoga mat (or similar) and wear comfortable clothing.

Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens

Easter Family Fun Day

Saturday, 9:00am to 12:00pm

Meet the Easter Bunny this Easter Saturday at Porters Mitre 10 Mackay. FREE easter eggs, jumping castle, and face painting!.

Porters Mitre 10 Mackay

NBL1 North Pre-Season Game

Saturday, 5:00pm

The next pre-season game for the McDonald’s Mackay Meteors is next Saturday night when the boys take on the QLD U20 Men’s team at 8pm, with the McDonald’s Mackay Meteorettes taking on the QLD U20 Women’s team at 6pm.

McDonald's Mackay Multi-Sport Stadium

Viva Solo Live @ HMK

Saturday, 7:30pm to 10:30pm

The talented Viva comes back to Hotel Mackay for what is going to be a great night. Come join Viva as she sings all your favourites from gold oldies to all the hits including some Spanish hits!

Hotel Mackay

Karaoke Under The Stars @ Electric Dreams Karaoke Lounge McGuires Mackay

Saturday, 7:30pm to 10:30pm

Free entry, where you are the star! You love to sing, they have the songs.

McGuires Hotel

Sunday 17 April

Interactive Easter Sunday Celebration

Sunday, 9:30am to 11:00am

Imagine walking into the Fitzgerald State School Hall and seeing a bunch of tables with chairs around them all set up and ready for messy fun. Where there’s music, great people. Where you get to play with dirt, sew seeds, decorate, create and listen to a couple of short stories that explain the reason for Easter. This is fun for the whole family where together we’ll make Easter gardens that will spring to life during the week. Whether you’re a kid at heart or you've got kids, this will be a really meaningful and fun way to celebrate Easter together! And of course there will be Easter eggs for everyone.

Fitzgerald State School

Family Easter Egg Hunt

Sunday, 11:00am

Wake House Australia's inaugural Family Easter Egg Hunt. The hunt takes place around Lake Poco (aka the wake park lake) in Andergrove Lakes. You will need to check in first at the Lakeside Cafe @ Wake House between 11am - 11.30am. All ticket sales go directly to local charity All Abilities Inc - Summer House Mackay.

Wake House Australia

Seabreeze Liquor Launch Party

Sunday, 2:00pm

Celebrate the launch of Seabreeze Hotel’s new bottleshop Seabreeze Liquor on Easter Sunday. The Stone Apes Duo will kick off the celebrations from 2pm. Plus there will be jumping castles, face painting, exclusive bottleshop opening specials & more! Bring your friends and family and dance the afternoon away with your favourite tunes.

Seabreeze Hotel

Sounds on Easter Sunday

Sunday, 2:30pm

Fun family day with The Feels, face-painting, food, and more.

Mackay Northern Beaches Bowls Club

Monday 18 April

FOCUS Training Centre Free Seminar & Workshop 3 of 4

Monday, 6:30pm

Join us at the Focus Training Centre for a free seminar & hands on workshop discussing and demonstrating various tempos to override plateau and build muscle. Free workshops for anyone to attend are held every Monday night for the month of April.

FOCUS Training Centre

Wednesday 20 April

2022 Innovative Grazing Forum

Wednesday April 20 to Friday April 22, 7:30am to 3:30pm

This event aims to create opportunities to improve landscape and production quality and quantity, to network, share knowledge and innovations to reduce nutrient runoff through our waterways and eventually to the Great Barrier Reef. It will include two separate field days and invigorate your perspective at the full conference day. Tickets on sale now.

Day #1 - Field Day @ Palmyra | Day #2 - Conference @ The Windmill Motel | Day #3 - Field Day @ Sarina Range

Mackay Farmers’ Market

Every Wednesday, 6:30am to 10:30am

The market is a showcase of our region’s amazing produce direct from the farmer.

Bluewater Quay

Soul Jam

Every Wednesday, 7:00pm to 10:00pm

A friendly space to share your originals, jam with others and experiment with music. We supply a drummer and guitarist, bass also available. Slam Poetry and comedians also welcome.

The Metropolitan Hotel Mackay

Dinkum Assorted Gala Preview

Wednesday, 7:30pm to 10:30pm

Watch the gala preview of 'Dinkum Assorted', a comedy by Linda Aronson directed by Luana Royle, and featuring the talented cast of Kucom Theatre. The play is a dancing, singing comedy set in a biscuit factory in a small Australian country town in the early 1940’s. Not only are all the workers in the factory women but they also have to contend with the possible closure of their workplace, 2000 American troops billeted just outside their town and having to cope with the pressures of running an ARP Unit. Dress in your best 1940’s outfits and enjoy the entertainment! Ticket price of $25 includes entry to the show and a little box of delightful nibbles.'Dinkum Assorted' opens at Kucom Theatre on 21st April for a two-week season.

Kucom Theatre

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Mackay’s Sweet New Festival

April 14, 2022

Sugardrop Festival is the latest addition to the calendar for Mackay music fans, curated by local sweetheart Tia Gostelow.

Taking place at Harrup Park in June, Sugardrop will see musicians from Mackay and all over Australia take the stage in what is set to be an epic afternoon of live music.

“I’m so excited for it,” said Tia.

“It’s been in the works for a long time and I’m excited to bring some bands from out of Mackay in and also give local bands the opportunity to get up and play in front of a new crowd.

“I think the line-up’s amazing.”

Tia will be headlining the event with her powerfully melodic indie pop, playing alongside Brisbane punks Beddy Rays, Canberra troupe Teen Jesus and the Jean Teasers, as well as more local acts Amber Farnan and Mt. Nadir.

“Beddy Rays are incredible,” said Tia.

“Teen Jesus and the Jean Teasers, they’re from Canberra so I’m not sure if they’ve ever been to Mackay before so that’ll be awesome.

“And Amber Farnan and Mt. Nadir are obviously regional bands as well so I think it’s incredible to see such a diverse range of bands.

“Mt Nadir, two of the boys from the band are from Mackay and they’re actually really good friends of mine and they’ve literally just started this band so it’s really exciting for them to come back and play in their hometown which they haven’t done yet.”

Tia says Mackay played an important role in her career and she can’t wait to bring the festival to her hometown.

“I moved to Mackay when I was 10 and I’ve literally been playing in pubs since I was about 12 years old, so Mackay was a very important part in my career,” she said.

“I feel like it’s a very special thing to come back and play in Mackay.

“It hasn’t felt like hard work because I’m enjoying it a lot.”

Tia has big hopes for Sugardrop, hoping to make it a mainstay in the Mackay music scene.

“I really want it to be something that people in Mackay can look forward to every year.

“Hopefully bigger and better things as the years go by.”

Tia will be heading to America soon to write her new album before she returns to finalise preparations.

Catch Tia Gostelow, Beddy Rays, Teen Jesus and the Jean Teasers, Amber Farnan, and Mt. Nadir at Sugardrop Festival at Harrup Park on June 18.

Tickets are on sale now.

Tia Gostelow is excited to bring a brand new festival to her hometown

Tia will headline a line-up of top-tier local and interstate acts. Photos: supplied

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Lots Of Laughs Enroute From Melbourne

April 8, 2022

Strap yourself in, Mackay! The Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow is hitting the highways to home-deliver the freshest and funniest from the 2022 Festival to neighbourhoods across the nation.

For 24 years the Roadshow has presented an all killer, no filler line-up of Australian stars and talented newcomers to comedy fans far and wide.

Buckle up for a night of stand-up, sketch, satire, silliness and song in this rip-roaring road trip designed to satisfy all your comedy cravings!

The lineup includes Blake Freeman, Prue Blake, Takashi Wakasugi (Japan) and two more acts to be announced soon!

Described as a ‘feast of humour’, ‘a night out that does not disappoint’ and ‘impeccable jokes with faultless antics’ it’s a night not to miss.

Please note, performances often contain coarse language, adult themes, sexual references and material that may offend. The show is recommended for people aged 15 years or older.

Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow LINE UP

Blake Freeman

Blake Freeman is one of Australia's brightest new comedians, making a name for himself with his own brand of energetic and disarmingly honest comedy. Through his youthful energy and charismatic delivery Blake weaves charming stories, making the intensely personal relatable. In 2018 he was hand-picked for Melbourne International Comedy Festival's prestigious Comedy Zone and appeared on ABC TV's Comedy Up Late series, toured nationally and hosted his own radio show. In 2019 he was nominated for, and won, the Melbourne International Comedy Festival's award for 'Best Newcomer', had a sell-out season at both the Brisbane and Sydney Comedy Festivals, and travels to the acclaimed Soho Theatre in London's West End.

Prue Blake

Prue Blake is the comedian for anyone that knows the game is rigged and thinks ‘well, why not find it funny?’ The voice of a generation? Maybe, though after years of sitting at the adult table she isn’t too sure which one. She is a strong, confident underachiever by choice… or she was before she became the 2020 RAW Comedy National champion! Since 2018, she has taken over the comedy scene and can be seen on posters for all the hottest comedy shows both in Australia and internationally (one show in New Zealand). Her style is observational, intelligent and cheeky. Prue has been described as both "dashing" and a "disillusioned feminist" by The Age.

Takashi Wakasugi

A typical Japanese boy, Takashi visited Sydney as an exchange student in 2012 where he joined the local comedy scene. He quickly built a unique reputation, performing at ‘Homebake Festival 2012’ and frequented spots at the Sydney Comedy Store. Upon his return to Japan, he joined the English comedy scenes in Osaka and Tokyo. In 2018, he moved to Australia and started his comedy career in earnest. He was picked as a performer at Comedy Zone Asia at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2018 and performed on the ABC television show “Tonightly with Tom Ballard”. His festival solo show “Welcome to Japan” and “Farm Backpacker (Subclass 417)” were sold out at comedy festivals around Australia. Takashi also joined the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow in 2021 and travelled all over Australia to perform. Stuck in a chasm between Japanese and Western culture, Takashi brings a fresh and unique perspective on Aussie life. His insights into everyday life in Japan are sure to have you both fascinated & roaring with laughter.

Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow

Thursday 5 May 2022, 7.30pm

MECC Auditorium

Tickets: www.themecc.com.au

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April 8, 2022

Friday 8 April

The Ultimate Dirtbike Weekend

Friday, Saturday, Sunday

The Ultimate Australian Dirt Bike Weekend is heading to Mackay! As a show stopper for two-wheel race fans across the nation, the ProMX Championship Round 2 will combine forces with Australian Off Road Championship (AORC) at Gum Valley Mackay for the very first time, in what is set to be a massive three day weekend of two-wheeled off-road racing action and an unmatched spectacle for race fans, industry and riders alike.

Gum Valley Motocross Track

Sunset Sessions

Every Friday Evening From 6pm

Knock off drinks, lakeside dinner, good friends, and LIVE MUSIC.

Wake House Australia

Saturday 9 April

A Vocal Masterclass with Garrick Jones

Saturday, 10:00am to 12:00pm

Come and see Garrick work his wonders with local singing talent. Garrick will explore vocal technique, delivery and so much more! Singing students, singing teachers and general public singers are welcome to enjoy this masterclass.

Thompson Voice Studio, 2 Toorak Street, Glenella

Public Art Walk with Brian Robinson

Saturday, 10:30am

Join Artspace Mackay Director Tracey Heathwood for a free, enjoyable public art walk with the artist who created our beautiful ‘Building Blooms’ public artwork series that brightens the Mackay City Centre. Brian is in Mackay to judge the 2022 Libris Awards with co-judge Adele Outteridge. A north Queenslander by virtue of his Torres Strait Islander heritage, Brian is known for his ability to combine elements organic and manmade into a unique fusion that speaks to popular culture, art history, his own heritage and broad contemporary interests. Meet at front entrance, Artspace Mackay 10:30 Saturday 9 April. Book your free spot at this enjoyable event online now.

Artspace Mackay, meet at front entrance

Sarina Rodeo

Saturday, 2:00pm

Gates open at 1pm. Gate Tickets will NOT be sold at the gate.

Sarina Showgrounds

Judges' talk: 2022 Libris Awards

Saturday, 5:00pm

Join 2022 Libris Award Judges Adele Outteridge and Brian Robinson as they discuss Libris Award artists’ book entries from across the country. The judges will give insight into works that stood out to them during the selection and judging process - they may even provide clues to award winners which will be announced later in the evening! This free talk is scheduled prior to the exhibition opening, so simply stay on for the official opening celebrations and exciting announcement of 2022 winners from 6pm.

Artspace Mackay

Trivia @ The Bowlsie

Saturday, 6:00pm

Back by popular demand is our Trivia Night hosted by the witty but hilarious and always inappropriate Janelle! Trivia @ The Bowlsie is the place to be, to have the ultimate fun night with prizes to be won!

Mackay Northern Beaches Bowls Club

Ian Moss & Troy Cassar-Daley

Saturday, 7:30pm to 11:30pm

Two of Australia’s most respected singers, musicians and songwriters - Ian Moss and Troy Cassar-Daley - are taking their guitars and songs on the road for the National ‘Together Alone Tour’ in 2022. The 'Together Alone Tour' will be the first time these two powerhouse guitarists and vocalists have joined forces to tour together and shared a stage in such an intimate setting as they take the audience on a musical journey across their respective careers. Don’t miss your chance to see these old friends light up, and rip up, the stage. It will be magic.

MECC

Sunday 10 April

Real Mates Talk Mens Only Triathlon

Sunday, 7:30am to 10:30am

We have put together a Triathlon Specifically for our Adult & Junior Men, whatever your skill or ability with $5.00 from every entry going to Real Mates Talk. With an anything goes Enticer distance for the beginners consisting of a 300m swim, 8km cycle, and 2.5km Run, and for the more adventurous or seasoned athletes there will also be a Sprint Distance with a 600m swim, 16km cycle and a 5km run. The Real Mates Talk men’s campaign intends to prevent suicide attempts and deaths of men in our community and support them to connect with others and live well.

Mackay Aquatic Recreation Complex

Two Day Celtic Weave Binding Workshop

Sunday 10:00am to Monday 3:00pm

Join Brisbane artist and 2022 judge of the Libris Awards, Adele Outteridge as she shares this fascinating binding technique. Coptic binding is one of the oldest forms of bookbinding we know, dating from about the fourth century AD. In this workshop, participants explore a decorative variation of coptic binding called Celtic Weave, devised by book artist extraordinaire Keith Smith. Celtic Weave produces a very attractive exposed lattice-like binding across an open spine.

Artspace Mackay

Sunday Live Music

Sunday, 2:00pm to 5:00pm

Music every Sunday from 2pm - 5pm. Head down to the Seabreeze Hotel this Sunday for some fresh tunes, delicious food, and ice-cold brews.

Seabreeze Hotel

Travis Collins

Sunday, 3:00pm

Travis Collins has long led the charge in the Australian country music fold with his soulful voice, earthy sound, and unique gift for piloting both sophisticated, heart-felt ballads and high octane country-rock belters. A powerhouse vocalist, blistering guitarist and energetic performer that connects with an audience like few can. This is an artist and tour you don’t want to miss seeing live.

Seabreeze Hotel

Monday 11 April

Mackay April Holidays - Engineering & Robotics

Monday 9:00am to Tuesday 3:00pm

Exciting 2 DAY programs to ‘edutain’ (educate + entertain) kids. Bricks Challenge (Yr 1-2): experience STEM by designing and building with LEGO technic and motors. Robotics and (NEW) Electronics (Yr 3-5): get introduced to Software and Mechanical Engineering principles and electronic circuits. Inventor's Kit (Yr 6-8): model & solve real world problems with robotics and coding. Different activities each day for an unforgettable experience.

CQU Campus Ooralea

Wednesday 13 April

Mackay Farmers’ Market

Every Wednesday, 6:30am to 10:30am

The market is a showcase of our region’s amazing produce direct from the farmer.

Bluewater Quay

Thursday 14 April

Kallidad

Thursday, 7:30pm

Kallidad combines Spanish guitar magic with rock and roll energy to create a once-in-a-lifetime sound. The trio's notorious white face paint masks their identities, shifting the focus to a musical style that is alive, intense, emotional, and powerful. Kallidad's music is all instrumental – no lyrics are necessary to feel the energy and passion behind the music. Booming percussion and shredded nylon string guitars weave a deep web of sound that always leaves audiences breathless and begging for more!

Seabreeze Hotel

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Indie Rock Icons Coming To Mackay

March 25, 2022

Holy Holy released their powerfully pulsating fourth album, Hello My Beautiful World, in August last year.

After countless lockdowns and rescheduled shows, the band are finally touring the album and making their way to Mackay at the end of the month.

We had a chat with frontman Tim Carroll ahead of their North Queensland shows.

You released Hello My Beautiful World last year. What are your reflections on it now that you finally get to tour it?

I’m proud of the record and I have fond memories of making it. It was such a strange time, but we were able to thread the needle and find really creative opportunities in the midst of just a really strange period of life. And I am really interested to see what it’s going to be like to perform live.

I noticed that some songs on the record feel a bit more like “floor fillers”. Did you write those songs with the hope of the dance floor filling or is just something that comes about naturally in the writing process?

When you start off as a band you’re playing these small clubs, like tiny little rooms, and they’re half full, there’s a certain kind of music that works for that. As Holy Holy has grown as a band and released more records, we find ourselves playing bigger and bigger rooms and playing festivals and later slots and even headlining festivals. In that instance, often you want bangers. It’s the same Holy Holy approach but with a faster BPM and a bit of a thumping beat drum underneath, which is fun.

I’m also intrigued by the relationship between the more electronic elements on the record and the use of nature emojis on the album cover. What was the thought process there?

I have a couple of kids and a few years ago we were out in the country and it was the morning and I pulled back the curtain on this window and my son just said: “hello, my beautiful world”. And I thought it was just such a sweet thing to say. I thought it could work as a possible album title and I am often drawn to natural imagery in songwriting. We thought it looked iconic as a record, I had never seen a record cover like that. It’s also the combination of natural imagery but also referencing modern culture; it represents the work.

This isn’t your first time to Mackay, what is it about the area that brings you back?

You can’t just play the capital cities, you’ve got to get out into the regions and see the country and meet fans. I think we only played three shows last time and it just blew me away that they all sold out, they were really vibey crowds.

So what have you got in store for the shows up here?

Queen P is supporting and she’s a really fun and charismatic performer with a cool band. I guess it’s the kind of music that you might not get that often up in north Queensland. And then Holy Holy’s going to be coming out and we have so much fun on stage. We’ll be premiering a bunch of new songs off the record. Our intention with the show is wild and immersive and memorable and ultimately, in some way, a holy experience in a musical sense.

Holy Holy play the Seabreeze Hotel on Thursday, March 31. Get your tickets now!

Tim Carroll and Oscar Dawson of Holy Holy will be in Mackay later this month

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International Men’s Day Set For Art Show

March 25, 2022

As part of Shed Happens Mackay’s annual celebration of International Men’s Day (IMD), the local men’s group is adding another dimension to its celebrations following on from the success of their inaugural Mackay Man Of The Year award in 2020 & 2021.

This year, as part of the IMD22 celebrations, their regular fundraising breakfast and Man of the Year Award will be followed by Shed Happens' very first Art Show in partnership with the Mackay Art Society.

The group has been integral in allowing men to share their stories with others, with their regular Shed Happens meetings allowing men to find power in the exchange of their stories, learning they are no longer alone and that their experiences were common.

Following the first pillar of International Men’s Day - celebrating positive male role models -the group will use this as the theme for artists to create their works.

There are four sections of the Art Show, each with prize money for the winners, with second and third prizes for three of the sections.

The four sections are Best in Show, Art on Canvas, Art on Paper and Emergent Artist for those under 25 years of age.

The artworks will be on display during August at the Mackay Art Society, Snow Wright Court, Beaconsfield, and the finalists works will be displayed at the Mackay Botanic Gardens Lagoons Café Gallery throughout September.

Entries will open on April 1, and the entry form can be found at the SHED Happens Mackay Facebook Page.  

There is an Entry Fee of $10.00 for each artwork submitted, and there is a limit of two pieces or works per person. Entries will close on August 1.

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Great Musicians, Better Mates

March 25, 2022

Great Musicians, Better Mates

Two of Australia’s most iconic singers,songwriters, and guitarists are coming to Mackay next month.

Ian Moss and Troy Cassar-Daly will play TheMackay Entertainment and Convention Centre on April 9 as part of their TogetherAlone tour which visits a whopping 32 regional and metro cities.

Despite collaborating on numerous occasionsin the past, this will be the first time the two great mates will tour togetherand share a stage in such an intimate setting.

Audiences can expect an entirely acousticnight spanning both of their expansive careers, with the two sharing the stageand helping one another out on each other’s songs.

We caught up with rock royalty Ian Mosswhile on the road.

Really good, thanks. We’ve got about fourunder our belt. Started in Gippsland and then down to Hobart to play atAustralia’s oldest theatre which is just a beautiful old thing built in the1850s – we had a great night there. Last weekend we were pretty close to Sydneyincluding the wonderful Art Deco theatre called Anita’s down in Thirroul. Ithink we’ve got it sussed. We’ve got a pretty good show happening.

Have the shows been changing andadapting as you’ve been going?

We’re on stage all night together, we justswap song for song really and tell stories about each song. With the songswe’ve got, most of them have got pretty good stories behind them. We’ll justback each other up – one of us will sing a song and the other will chuck somebacking vocals on, do a bit of guitar work just to colour it up – and that’show the evening plays out.

Do you prepare setlists for each show oris it more improvised?

At the moment we’ve got the same setlistfrom night to night. Maybe later in the year we’ll swap things around, butthere’s a certain number of songs that are essential to get played. We’ve bothgot some strong songs that we’d always play. For me, for example, Tucker’sDaughter, Bow River, Telephone Booth, they always have to bein there.

Can you tell me about the first time youmet Troy and the journey you’ve both been on to end up touring Australiatogether?

Probably about 12 years ago, Troy was doinga solo album of covers, of soul music, and invited me to come and do a duetwith him on the classic Dark End of the Street. They were in a studio onthe Central Coast. The first thing I noticed when I went up there and walkedinto the studio was that no one was wearing any shoes. Coming from AliceSprings and growing up in a country town myself, I thought ‘yep, these are mypeople’. I felt really at home. I just presumed Troy was just out-and-outcountry but he’s got a beautiful bluesy voice and blues is my first love. Wejust fit hand in glove. Apart from that, collaborations continued. He’s workedwith (Jimmy) Barnes, and him and I have co-written songs together as well whichwill be included in the show.

This is a pretty extensive tour, howimportant is it for you personally to tour some of these more regional areaslike Mackay?

There’s some great theatres in these partsof the world and hungry populations, hungry for music. I personally love it.I’m born and raised in Alice Springs and there’s a part of me that still missesbeing in the country. That’s one of the things I love about playing regional –I do feel quite relaxed and at home. Whether I’m with Troy or whether I’m soloI’ll be keeping up my appearances in country areas for sure.

Catch Ian Moss and Troy Cassar-Daly whenthey play The Mackay Entertainment and Convention Centre on April 9.

Ian Moss and Troy Cassar-Daly are currently co-headlining their Together Alone tour

Ian Moss and Troy Cassar-Daly became mates through frequent collaborations

Ian and Troy kicked off the tour in Troy’s hometown of Grafton before being forced to reschedule last year

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Event Guide

March 18, 2022

Friday 18 March

Conversations with Art  

Third Friday of each month, 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Join in the free and enjoyable discussion led by Artspace Mackay staff as they look at images of traditional and contemporary artworks from gallery and museum collections from around the world.

Artspace Mackay

Sunset Sessions

Every Friday Evening From 6pm

Knock off drinks, lakeside dinner, good friends, and LIVE MUSIC.

Wake House Australia

Karaoke Under The Stars @ The Burb

Friday, 7:00pm to 11:00pm

Get amongst a family-friendly night of karaoke at The Burb.

Souths Suburban Bowls Club

Saturday 19 March

Falun Gong Classes

Saturday, 9:00am to 11:00am

Soak in the morning sun and enjoy the fresh air as you experience relaxation, meditation, inner peace and health through movement. Falun Gong classes are a regular event at the Gardens.

Tropical Sun Lawn, Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens

Hostplus Cup Round 1 – Mackay Cutters v PNG Hunters

Saturday, gates open 10:45am

Get around game day and cheer on the Cutters as the Hostplus Cup squad clashes with the PNG Hunters! Junior squads take on the Northern Pride and the day wraps up with a battle between the Mackay Cutters Hastings Deering Colts and local team, Souths Sharks. Bring the family and watch your favourite players out on the paddock of BB Print Stadium.

BB Print Stadium

Sacred Kirtan Meditation

Saturday, 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Come for an experience that will transport you to a world of inspiration, peace and joy, far beyond the stress and worries of life. This heart-warming group meditation combines chanting/singing of sacred mantras with musical instruments and sweet, cruising melodies to soothe the soul. The experience of Kirtan is meditative and beautifully immersive, the leader sings the mantra and everyone sings it back. This spiritual connection through song makes for a unique experience like no other. Chris and Anna have recently relocated to Mackay from Adelaide and have been sharing Kirtan meditation with the community for many years. They look forward to connecting with you through this wonderful meditation practice.

Unity Yoga Ayurveda

Shades of Women

Saturday, 6:00pm to 11:55pm

Shades of Women is an inaugural gala event and a first for Mackay. It signifies the commencement of a fundraising endeavour like no other in a quest to provide support for women and their children affected by Domestic Violence. This event provides an opportunity to celebrate women and the strength they bring to the lives of so many, but also a time to bring about awareness and raise much needed funds for Domestic Violence. Money raised will be donated to Women’s Legal Services Queensland, who provide free legal and welfare help to Queensland women and their kids at risk from domestic violence.

Seabreeze Hotel

Beddy Rays

Saturday, 8:00pm

Since selling out their first headline tour and supporting Australian music legends Violent Soho in May, Beddy Rays have been biting their nails to get back on the road and bring their mosh-worthy, coastal-rock bangers to your hometowns of Sunny Queensland! Supported by French Press.

Seabreeze Hotel

Sunday 20 March

Photo Walkabout at the Botanic Gardens

Sunday, 9:00am to 11:00am

Do you love capturing interesting photos with your camera or smart phone? This month’s Photo Walkabout workshop is focussing on “What lies on the forest floor?”. Open to all photographers from beginners to advanced, it is a free activity for anyone to join. To book your spot, phone Kim on 4952 7321 or email botanic@mackay.qld.gov.au.

Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens

Sunday Live Music

Sunday, 2:00pm to 5:00pm

Music every Sunday from 2pm - 5pm. Head down to the Seabreeze Hotel this Sunday for some fresh tunes, delicious food, and ice-cold brews.

Seabreeze Hotel

Didgeridoo Sound Healing

Sunday, 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Come and hear Rufus speak from real-life experiences and be immersed in sacred sounds of the Didgeridoo, crystal bowl, flute, vocals and medicine drum to reset your energy and find balance.

Glenella Community Hall

Bjorn Again – Mamma Mia! We Are Back Again Tour

Sunday, 7:30pm

iThe MECC Auditorium

Tuesday 22 March

BMA Kidspace

Tuesday, 10:00am to 2:00pm

Join local artists and performers for creative art activities designed for toddlers and their adults.

Artspace Mackay

Wednesday 23 March

Mackay Farmers’ Market

Every Wednesday, 6:30am to 10:30am

The market is a showcase of our region’s amazting produce direct from the farmer.

Bluewater Quay

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Sing Loud And Proud With One Voice

March 18, 2022

Want to do something for yourself and something for the community? Then why not join With One Voice Choir in Mackay and surrounds.

Performing out in the Mackay community, the choir is aimed at providing pleasure and enjoyment, working with local disability groups, singing at retirement homes and respite centres, as well as preparing and performing its own concerts.

Choir Director Jennifer Bee said that the most common obstacle to people joining the choir is their false belief that they cannot sing.

“Fundamental to the With One Voice Choir is our strong conviction that every person can sing!” Jennifer said.

“We provide acceptance, encouragement and support for those people who lack confidence and help them find their voice.”

“One of the most satisfying parts of our weekly rehearsals is how people feel welcome knowing that we are all there to do the best we can, as part of a group, which loves to sing and wants to support our community.

The next concert is planned for the day before Mother’s Day, Saturday May 7th at the Sporting Wheelies Hall in Bridge Road East Mackay.

“The High Tea and concert will be an opportunity for families to celebrate with Mothers and Grandmothers,” Jennifer said.

Jennifer Bee also pointed to research that has now found the act of singing aloud is beneficial to our health.

“Study after study has found that singing relieves anxiety and contributes to the quality of life.”

“No matter what age you are or what your abilities are, singing offers opportunities to learn, grow and express who you are.”

With One Voice Mackay meets and rehearses every Thursday evening at 6.30 pm at the CQU University City Campus Building 2 Theatre 90-92 Sydney Street Mackay.

Potential new members are very welcome, so feel free to come along and give the Choir a try without obligation.

Enquires phone Greg at 0401 692 254 or Frank at 0427 530 774.

With One Voice Mackay is an excellent way to socialise and also to sing with a group of likeminded – and like-voiced - people

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Brief Boys Back In The Mack

March 11, 2022

The favourite creative collective known affectionately as the Briefs Boys are back at the Mackay Entertainment and Convention Centre this April, and this time they have a hills hoist in tow and are ready to air their Dirty Laundry.

The tight-knit group of representatives from the Briefs Factory, an Australian creative collective who produce and present evocative, physical performances, are returning to the Sugar City with their circus, drag, dance, burlesque, music, comedy inspired show ready to go.

With the ever-changing world around them, Briefs Factory have been dedicated to developing and touring their brand of award winning, genre defying, political party punk around the world, and are touching down in Mackay for a second time.

Led by Fez Faanana (AKA Shivanana) – director and co-founder of Briefs Factory - this brand-new party cabaret pegs a line-up of classic Briefs boys along with some new boys and toys in the basket.

These festival favourites promise a load of physicality, comedy, and showmanship, and none of it clean – so “turn your cycle to hot as you watch these boys tumble dry.”

After 10 years of selling out festivals worldwide and visiting Mackay back in 2020, the boys are ready to hit the MECC stage on the 2nd of April with more glitter stains and ballsy attitude than ever!

Get your tickets to the ultimate ladies’ night out at themecc.com.au for an 18+ event.

Meet the Brief Boys at the Mackay Entertainment and Convention Centre this April

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Peak Downs Exhibition Features Local Faces

March 11, 2022

A notable selection of key Clermont characters will have their prolific lives showcased in a new exhibition in the Isaac region.

Clermont Historical Centre presents Faces of the Peak Downs which showcases a collection of stories from the first European settlers in the area to women paving their way in the saddle manufacturing industry.

Since Ludwig Leichhardt first traversed this area in 1845, the Clermont district or at the time, Peak Downs, has been home to an array of characters that contributed to its development.

The exhibition highlights identities like Jeremiah Rolfe who was the first European to settle in the Clermont area, establishing sheep runs and working the land, Oscar de Satge who named Wolfang Peak and established Wolfang Station, and Rose Harris who is regarded as Australia’s first female saddler.

Isaac Regional Council Mayor Anne Baker said this year is worth visiting the centre especially as it took out silver in the best tourist attraction category at the 2021 Mackay Isaac Tourism Awards.

“This great local experience, run by locals working at Council and incredible volunteers, would not happen without their absolute dedication behind the scenes,” Mayor Baker said.

“Tourism is one of our most valuable industries in the Isaac region. It is worth more than $180 million a year and it directly employs 1000 people.”

This is a chance to explore, discover and jump back in time to learn the stories of the region’s harsh colonial era.

Faces of the Peak Downs exhibition will run to 17 December 2022.

Last year’s Back on Track exhibition which paid homage to country racing being an essential part of the social fabric of the Isaac region continues to be featured.

Clermont Historical Centre is located on Gregory Highway and is open Wednesdays to Saturdays from 9am to 3pm.

Admission prices are $6 for adults, $4 for pensioners, $3 children under 12 years and $15 per family with two or more children.

Jeremiah Rolfe and family circa 1876

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