Airlie Beach Festival of Music 2015

Airlie Beach Festival of Music

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Airlie Beach Festival of Music celebrates the power of music

Airlie Beach Festival of Music, the only waterfront music festival at the heart of the Great Barrier Reef, is a celebration of people coming together and bonding through the power of music. Set in the most beautiful tropical location in Australia, the festival brings inspiring musicians and live music lovers together for a perfect weekend in paradise – listening to quality live music and enjoying friendly people and good times.

Festival Promoter Gavin Butlin says, “This is a true music festival where we have included many different types of music including Rockabilly, Reggae, Blues, R&B, Aussie Rock, Hip Hop, Country, Folk, Pop and Classic Rock. The only genre not covered is Heavy Metal. Every band appearing is extremely talented and worth listening to – whatever type of music you like. It’s just a real treat for music lovers”.

Airlie Beach Music Festival

Photo credit: Airlie Beach Festival of Music

The festival has been re-jigged this year to increase the number of bands on the main stage and to start concerts earlier in the day ensuring festival goers can enjoy the most of the music and the stunning tropical setting. Mr Butlin says, “There is a mix of amazing headline acts, return favourite bands and some newcomers to Airlie Beach. Many of the performers are storytellers and songwriters and they understand the art of bringing people together through their music.”

10cc, Airlie Beach Festival of Music

10cc, Photo credit: Airlie Beach Festival of Music

Headline acts include the famous international 70s band 10cc, American singer-songwriter Toni Childs, Angry Anderson with the James Southwell Band, The Black Sorrows, Richard Clapton, and Wendy Matthews. Crowd favourites from past years include the Mason Rack Band, 8 Ball Aitken, Bondi Cigars, House of Shem, Wanita and her Honky Tonk Bar Dwellers, Pop Standen & the Phil Emmanuel band, Electrik Lemonade, Bill Chambers, The Hillbilly Goats and Lance Friend and the Murky River.

Festival goers have a choice of buying a one day pass or a three day pass depending on how many bands they want to see. A three day pass gives you access to the main stage and over 200 musicians in 15 venues around the lively tourist town for the whole weekend. All passes entitle the pass holder to a free bus shuttle which runs all weekend and ensures easy and safe local transport.

Information about Airlie Beach Festival of Music 2015

Date: Friday 6 November to Sunday 8 November, 2015

Friday 6 November, 3pm – 10pm, Main stage at Whitsunday Sailing Club

  1. Bad Luck Kitty
  2. Annie O’Dee and the Hotshots
  3. Kieren McCarthy
  4. House of Shem
  5. Bondi Cigars
  6. The Black Sorrows
  7. Angry Anderson with the James Southwell Band

Saturday 7 November, 3pm – 10pm , Main stage at Whitsunday Sailing Club

  1. The Natural Culture
  2. Electrik Lemonade
  3. Pop Standen & Phil Emmanuel Band
  4. Mark Atkins and Grungada
  5. Mason Rack Band
  6. Richard Clapton
  7. Toni Childs

Sunday 8 November, 12pm – 6pm, Main stage at Whitsunday Sailing Club

  1. The Steady Eddy Show featuring Lance Friend & Lightning Jack
  2. The Hillbilly Goats with Bill Chambers
  3. 8 Ball Aitken
  4. Wanita & Her Honky Tonk Bar Dwellers
  5. Wendy Matthews
  6. 10cc

You can find more band information here.

Ticket Price: One day pass $120, Three day pass $245.
Festival passes can be purchased online at

Location: Airlie Beach, Queensland Australia

How to get there:

Fly into Whitsunday Coast Airport in Proserpine (about 45 minute drive from Airlie Beach) or Hamilton Island airport and take a Cruise Whitsunday ferry to Port of Airlie on the mainland.

Tigerair flies direct from Sydney to Whitsunday Coast airport. Jetstar now has a direct flight from Melbourne to Whitsunday Coast Airport too. Hamilton Island airport is serviced by Qantas, Qantaslink and Virgin airlines.

You can drive from anywhere in Australia via the Bruce Highway, catch a train or bus or sail your boat into one of our two gorgeous marinas.

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There is an excellent choice of accommodation around Airlie Beach for the duration of the festival, below is a list of prefered options that are supporting the Airlie Beach Festival of Music.

There is also excellent sailing and island options available around the whitsundays including the Great Barrier Reef, Hayman Island, Whitehaven Beach, Hamilton Island and Long Island.

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Social Media

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Twitter: @AirlieBeachMusicFest
Instagram: @Airlie_beach_festival_of_music
YouTube: AirlieBeachMusicFest

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