Get a jump-start on summer when the Airlie Beach Festival of Music plays stages across the tourist town with a jam-packed line-up of incredible artists and headline acts from 5 – 7 November 2021.
Party in paradise with big-name musicians and emerging local talent performing in Airlie Beach’s best party venues across three epic days when the Festival celebrates its ninth huge year in 2021.
The Whitsunday Sailing Club with its jaw-dropping sea views is home to the Festival’s main stage with other venues spanning the foreshore and marina to the town’s vibrant bars and restaurants.
Playing these unique stages is a fantastic line-up including The Angels, John Schumann (Redgum) and Shane Howard (Goanna) with The Red Rockin’ Dirt Band, Troy Cassar-Daley, Russell Morris, Toni Childs, Sarah McLeod (The Superjesus), Alex Lloyd, Busby Marou, Rick Price and Butterfingers.
Airlie Beach Festival of Music founder Gavin Butlin says the multi-day event is like no other in Australia; a perfect measure of party and paradise that welcomes all musical tastes.
“Having to cancel the 2020 Festival was devastating so I am beyond thrilled to welcome a stellar line-up of artists and musicians to play venues throughout the gorgeous Airlie Beach,” Mr Butlin says.
“Like all events this year, we have had to adapt to travel restrictions with some of our originally programmed interstate artists unable to attend but we are all systems go and our new line-up includes some huge Aussie music legends, Queensland touring artists and talented locals.
“I’m also delighted that audiences will have the chance to discover and support the ‘next big thing’ with Passport to Airlie, Australia’s largest live original music competition where finalists perform at the Festival and the winner scores a spot on the main stage in 2022.
“We need to support the next generation of internationally famous Australian acts so I invite everyone to check out the Festival’s incredible program and support live, original music at a grassroots level.”
Music-lovers can ease into the three-day Festival with the traditional Beach Jam Session and Passport to Airlie finals featuring celebrity guest judges at Magnums on Thursday 4 November.
“I love to see new acts getting a break; to be involved in encouraging emerging artists is one of the great inspirations of being an artist myself,” Passport to Airlie judge Sarah McLeod says.
Stay and play with the official After-Party at Northerlies Beach Bar and Grill on Monday 8 November before exploring the region’s picture-perfect islands, reef and beaches, lush rainforest and welcoming regional hospitality for the ultimate recovery session.
Tourism Whitsundays Marketing Manager Donna van ‘t Hoff said the Festival was one of Queensland’s premier live music events and part of The Whitsundays’ inspiring Heart of Events 2021 calendar.
“Keep the beat alive by experiencing the best of The Whitsundays; from regional gems such as Bowen with its palm-fringed beaches and beautiful bays, to our much-lauded 74 Island Wonders, picture-perfect Whitehaven Beach and the Great Barrier Reef,” Ms van ‘t Hoff said.
Tickets to Airlie Beach Festival of Music start at $300 with the three-day pass also including entry to the Passport to Airlie finals and After-Party.
Airlie Beach Festival of Music
5 – 7 November 2021
Airlie Beach, Queensland