Australian music lovers are in for a special experience when one of the most influential bands in the history of popular music, 10cc, play their only Queensland gig at the Airlie Beach Festival of Music on Sunday November 8, 2015.Confirming the booking of 10cc as a headline act for the 2015 festival, event promoter, Gavin “Butto” Butlin, says “10cc were huge in the 70s and they still have millions of fans today. It is an absolute privilege to have such great musicians performing at the Airlie Beach Festival of Music and it will be a memorable event for everyone who attends.”
With over 30 million album sales around the world and such well-known hits as “I’m not in love”, “Dreadlock Holiday”, “Rubber Bullets” and “Things we do for love”, many of these songs are still played on radio today and are popular with old and new fans alike. Led by the band’s original singer-songwriter Graham Gouldman, and with a crack band of musicians behind him, Gouldman promises “this is as near as you’re ever going to get to hearing the perfect 10cc. Hit after hit after hit. It’s relentless. We show no mercy.”
American singer-songwriter Toni Childs has also been booked for the festival and is recognised by music lovers across Australia and New Zealand for her distinctive tone and style. Childs who is best known for her hit songs “I’ve Got to Go Now”, “Don’t Walk Away” and “Because You’re Beautiful”, had six Top 40 hit singles and three platinum albums in NZ and toured Australia in 2008 with Jackson Browne. Some other festival acts now confirmed to make up the 74 acts playing 18 venues around town include Aussie and NZ icons Richard Clapton, The Black Sorrows, Angry Anderson with the James Southwell Band, Wendy Matthews, Bondi Cigars, House of Shem and Chad Morgan. Crowd favourites from past years include Mason Rack, 8 Ball Atkin, Wanita, Bill Chambers, Phil Emmanuel, Electrik Lemonade, The Hillbilly Goats and Lance Friend and the Murky River Band.
A Battle of the Bands competition is also run in the lead-up to the festival to give new talent across Australia the opportunity to win a spot performing in the line-up. Mr Butlin says, “I wanted to create a festival where you could see the classic rock bands and hear the songs we grew up with and at the same time try to discover new talent and give them a chance. Airlie Beach is the ideal setting for the festival as it has a very relaxed vibe, you can walk between all the bars and restaurants in town, enjoy the picture-perfect weather, have a drink, meet new friends and listen to an excellent variety of good music.”
With three magical days of local and nationally renowned musicians playing around the fun-loving, tropical resort town of Airlie Beach and on the main stage at the massive marquee on the waters of the Coral Sea at the Whitsunday Sailing Club, festival goers are guaranteed an enjoyable, entertaining, value for money experience. Whitsundays Marketing and Development Limited Executive Director Jeff Aquilina said if you love live music and you are looking to get out of the city with some friends for a few days, the Airlie Beach Festival of Music gives you a great reason to escape. “Many people stay an extra couple of days to enjoy the stunning location, check into a resort, get out on the water and have a sensational mini-break before the end of the year.”
Airlie Beach offers a change of pace, tropical holiday destination with sunny days and an average temperature range 20-30C in November. Based on the mainland coast of Queensland, 1000kms north of Brisbane, the local Whitsunday Coast airport is serviced by Tigerair, Jetstar and Virgin with direct flights from Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. Tigerair also flies direct from Melbourne to Mackay and transfers are available from airports to all accommodation.
The Airlie Beach Festival of Music is in its third year and runs from Thursday, November 5, to Sunday November 8, 2015. A three day pass to all venues is $245 with an ‘Early Bird’ price of $220 until 13 May.Book online at www.mackayecc.com.au. Visitors can stay in a wide range of quality accommodation from budget to luxury and more information on accommodation and tours is available online atwww.tourismwhitsundays.com.au.