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Music fans gear up for festival

By Mark Beale

WHITSUNDAY music lovers are in for a treat at the 2014 Airlie Beach Music Festival from November 7-9.

This second annual event will again feature 74 acts, playing in 18 venues across Airlie Beach.

More than 250 musicians will be on show, performing a wide range of musical genres from reggae to rock, blues, country, folk and even hip-hop.

Comedian Steady Eddy is also on the line-up this year as a guest MC.

Aussie rock legends such as the Screaming Jets, Mark Seymour (Hunters & Collectors), Jon English, The Radiators, Shane Howard (Goanna), Phil Emmanuel, Kieran McCarthy, and Kevin Borich, will rock the big top tent at the idyllic location of the Whitsunday Sailing Club. Last year’s crowd favourites 8 Ball Aitken, Wanita Queen of Honky Tonk, the Mason Rack Band, Blue Ruins, Hill Billy Goats, Lance Friend, and The Bostocks are all making a welcome return for 2014.

This year there are eight regional winners from the festival’s Passport to Airlie Battle of the Bands competition, all of whom will fight for a coveted spot on the main stage at a ‘decider’ battle, hosted by Magnums Hotel, with the winner to be chosen by the fans.

The Festival officially starts at 10am on Friday, November 9, with music in venues from Airlie’s Club Croc Hotel to the Whitsunday Sailing Club and almost everywhere in between.

Ticket holders have the option of bar-hopping on the main street or enjoying the free transport provided to deliver them to the outer venues of their choice.

The headliners will play in the main tent at the Whitsunday Sailing Club from 5-12pm on the Friday and 4-10pm on the Saturday and Sunday. Only 3000 tickets are available for the main event and promoter Gavin ‘Butto’ Butlin has warned music fans not to wait as they are already selling fast.

“We came close last year and we expect to sell out before the event this year,” he said.

Tickets Cost $260 for a three-day pass and $120 for just one day. VIP cost tickets $1000 and include all drinks and food at the main tent. Tickets are available online. For more information visit http://www.airliebeachmusicfestival.com.au.

MUSICAL MAYHEM

What: Airlie Beach Music Festival

When: November 7-9

Where: 18 venues across Airlie Beach

Main stage: Whitsunday Sailing Club

Cost: $260 three-day pass, $120 day ticket, $1000 VIP pass

For more information: www.airliebeachmusic

festival.com.au

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