Gold Coast band The Wayward Suns will headline the Airlie Beach Live and Local festival next month. Picture: Supplied
Gold Coast band The Wayward Suns will headline the Airlie Beach Live and Local festival next month. Picture: Supplied

10 acts in 10 hours at new Whitsunday mini festival

WHILE the crowds may be smaller, a new mini festival in Airlie Beach is set to fill a void for lovers of all things live music.

The organisers behind the Airlie Beach Festival of Music have launched a pint-sized festival experience featuring 10 regional artists over 10 hours.

Airlie Beach Live and Local will be held on November 7, which is the same weekend the 2020 instalment of the Airlie Beach Festival of Music was originally flagged for before coronavirus forced organisers to pull the pin.

Airlie Beach Festival of Music founder Gavin Butlin said many music fans had booked their accommodation in advance and despite the cancellation were still planning on making the trip north.

Organisers applied for a State Government grant to help make the mini festival a reality and from there, Mr Butlin said it was full steam ahead.

“The team and I are over the moon that we can bring Airlie Beach Live and Local to the music hungry fans of Queensland,” he said.

Manager of Mantra Boathouse Kelli Medford and Airlie Beach Festival of Music founder Gavin Butlin at the Tunes at the Marina event earlier this year. Picture: Laura Thomas
Manager of Mantra Boathouse Kelli Medford and Airlie Beach Festival of Music founder Gavin Butlin at the Tunes at the Marina event earlier this year. Picture: Laura Thomas

“(This year) has been a rough year for live music and events, but it is great to see things are starting to get better in Queensland and we are so excited to be able to celebrate the festival with some of our favourite artists.”

The event will be headlined by Gold Coast five-piece band The Wayward Suns.

The Wayward Sons won the 2017 Passport to Airlie national band competition, which was created by festival organisers to uncover the best emerging original artists from around the country.

The bumper line-up will also include a mix of local and Mackay-based artists including Gypsy Soldiers, Rollercam, Rebelquin, Lloyd Saunders, Left of Centre, Kieran & Kaedan McCarthy, Cactus, Jolly Jingo & The Moonlighter and the Mudcats.

Tourism Whitsundays CEO Tash Wheeler said the Airlie Beach Festival of Music was a highlight on the Whitsundays event calendar each year.

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“I know it was a really tough decision for the team to have to cancel as so many businesses rely on the visitation it brings over that weekend,” she said.

“I think I speak for many attendees of previous festivals and our tourism community when I say how excited I am that Airlie Beach Live and Local is happening.

“The Airlie Beach festival is a key driver of visitation to the region throughout this time of year.

“Year after year the festival continues to grow, which in turn brings more and more visitors to experience the Whitsundays.

“I want to commend Butto and his team for their determination and hard-work.”

The event will take place at Whitsunday Sailing Club over ten hours from 1pm to 11pm.

Ticket numbers will be limited to 500 and available for $25 pre-sale on the festival website.


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