Tunes to get you moving
GET out those dancing shoes Airlie Beach - the Whitsunday Reef Festival will be rocking the town with some of the country's hottest young talent performing throughout the 10-day extravaganza.
The free fun starts on Friday, August 5 with live performances on the 'Beach Music' Main Stage, from 6-10pm.
Will Anderson, an emerging 18-year-old talent from Mackay, will use his smooth vocals, didgeridoos, guitar and percussion to create a soulful one-of-a-kind sound.
Airlie Beach favourites The Brandy Project will also perform and DJs will entertain the crowds.
There will be roaming street performers and of course the free fireworks on the foreshore at 8pm and the Reef Fest After Party at Magnums Hotel.
"The opening night of the Whitsunday Reef Festival is the biggest night of the year for Airlie Beach - the whole town comes out to celebrate," festival chairperson Margie Murphy said.
"There is a real party atmosphere and the entertainment we have booked for the Main Stage is going to be rocking all weekend!"
On Saturday, August 6, festival favourites Electrik Lemonade and Townsville's King Social - both known for their electrifying live performances - will take to the Main Stage in the centre of town for the 'Rockin the Reef' Street Party.
They will be supported by Mackay locals The Natural Culture, a seven-piece funk, reggae and "world music" band, originally from Melbourne.
King Social front man Angus Milne said everyone should "bring their dancing shoes".
"Punters should bring their dancing shoes and expect to sing until they're hoarse with a fun night of upbeat music mixing blending country, hip hop, rock and reggae," he said.
Electrik Lemonade are a seven-piece band playing "rump funkin'" live shows that feature a mix of original, energetic funk and hip-hop tunes infused with blues, soul and electronic elements.
The festival pop-up bar in the lagoon carpark, close to the Main Stage, will be open from 5pm on Saturday and there will be a 'Reef Fest After Party' at Beaches.
Electrik Lemonade will then close the weekend's festivities with a performance in the Festival Marquee on the foreshore from 3pm onwards on Sunday, July 7 - a great opportunity for a sunset drink from the pop-up bar.
For more information visit www.whitsundayreeffestival.com.au or check out the Facebook page.
THE PARTY'S ALIVE
What: Whitsunday Reef Festival live bands and street parties
When: Friday, August 5, Saturday, August 6 and Sunday, August 7
Where: 'Beach Music' Main Stage, Airlie Beach (Friday & Saturday), Airlie Foreshore Marquee (Sunday)